December 5, 2011

Le Caveau Fine Wines in Chamblee

I don't regularly recommend shops for wine buying around ATL, but it occurred to me recently that maybe I should. So here it goes...Le Caveau Fine Wines opened its' doors in July of 2011 in an area of downtown Chamblee that has experienced a commercial and residential rebirth of sorts. Le Caveau is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and a place I would frequent more often if I lived in the area.
One of the best things about Le Caveau is that they focus on interesting wines from around the globe, with a nice focus on smaller production, and biodynamic wines from the old world. In other words, the shelves here are not full of mass-produced "supermarket" wines. There also numerous wine accessories and wine-themed gifts available, so head on over and do some holiday shopping for wine lovers you know.
As for the wines, Le Caveau offers a great selection of biodynamic wines from farmers in Burgundy, and the Loire and Rhone valleys. Below are a few of the wines I've picked up at Le Caveau over the past couple of months.
The 2009 Clos du Tous Boeuf La Butte is a Loire Valley wine of the people. This Gamay is made by the somewhat legendary personality in the world of biodynamic wine, Thierry Puzelat in Cheverny. This wine is loaded with acidity, earth, and lean red Gamay flavors. For $20, It's an intellectual wine that takes time to grow on you, but if you open it for wine geeks, they will love you for it.
Similarly, the 2009 Jean Francois Merieau Le Bois Jacou is another old vine Gamay from the Touraine area of the Loire Valley. It's an old school, working class wine that any Marxist farmer would love. It's earthy, dirty in a good way, and loaded with Gamay personality. It was (sorry, all gone now) a steal at $13.
Also, sitting on the shelves is this beauty of a Cru Beaujolais that is drinking perfectly right now. I'm a fan of Cru Boo from Morgon was turned on to this particular bottle when Rowdyfood brought a bottle over a few months ago. Le Caveau still has a few bottles on the wall at $25. Highly recommended bottle here.

Le Caveau also has a deep and diverse selection of higher end wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Italy, and the U.S. It's well-worth a visit to this part of town to do some wine shopping. Also, as Brad Kaplan pointed out recently in Creative Loafing, Le Caveau is right next door to Maison Robert, so you can get your eat on after you pick up some wine.


  1. good post Dennis, you snatched the idea right out from under me. Well, I guess we are the 99%'s.

  2. Thanks Dennis! We appreciate the love.

  3. Jimmy,
    Marxists can drink good wine, too. Marx did. That hypocrite.

    Eric--It's nice to have a shop that 'gets it' in town. I'd be in real trouble if I lived closer to you guys.

  4. Well said. Love that place. Eric will tell you I'm in there nearly every week (helps/hurts that it's close to the office).

    The La Butte was awfully good on Thanksgiving. Love the Guy Breton Morgon as well (but haven't had that vintage).

    Ask Eric to give you the CDP he sold my wife last week (can't think of the name). And beg, borrow, and steal to get a bottle of Ulysse Collin Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne. So good.

    In fact, we should all just meet there and drink a bit...

  5. Joe-I do need to try that Ulysse Collin, I remember you singing its praises. We should convene at Eric's place for one of his Sat or evening tastings. Could be fun. Thanks for the visit.

  6. Thank you Dennis, your the man. I am very peased that you enjoyed the Clos du Tue-Boeuf. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  7. Thanks for the comment, Daniel.
    I neglected to point in my post that you recommended those wines to me. Shame on me.
    Readers take note...Daniel won't steer you wrong!