This afternoon, after spending a few hours at Les Arts Décoratifs museum in the Louvre, I walked nearby to Spring Boutique, 52 Rue de l’Abre Sec. After I started speaking in French with the owner, he replied in perfect English. Ten minutes later, two women noshing on charcuterie and drinking wine in the shop offered to share what they were having. The women were friends—American—one from Vermont and another from Santa Barbara. They were trying two bottles, they explained, and couldn’t finish. One was a fabulous white, a Tête du Clos Chassagne Montrachet 2008 by Vincent Dancer (Spring Boutique only got 12 bottles of it), and a robust red, a Château Pesquié Artemia Ventoux-Rhone Valley 2005—both with incredible terroir. The proprietor, actually co-owner Josh Adler, said that Dancer’s wines sell out before he even makes them.
Spring Boutique is a six-month-old venture by Daniel Rose, who opened and since closed the wildly successful Spring at rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, and Josh Adler, who worked at the restaurant. For more than two years now, Rose has been overseeing the construction of a new restaurant just down the street. Apparently, a lot of people are mixing up the two. Spring Boutique is not a restaurant, so don’t call. Just visit to pick up a bottle of wine, some cheese and sausage, or something from a well-edited selection of specialty food products. Even better, stop by for a blind wine tasting every Thursday, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The small, but light-filled, airy shop feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s home, and the shop stocks plenty of interesting wines.
52 Rue de l’Abre Sec
Tel 01 58 62 44 30
Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, 10:30pm – 9:00pm