I recently had the pleasure of visiting Le Vignoble, Bath and I have to say it was a gem of a find. From the moment I stepped through the glass doors into the bar area, I knew I was in for a treat. The smart, modern interior complete with velvet covered chairs, wooden tables and floors alongside a wonderful lighting structure made of used wine bottles felt fresh and welcoming. To my right, a beautifully mirrored seating area for drinks and to my left, the main retail area and lounge.
Greeted by the manager Mégane Petenay and her assistant Michael Altur, we were guided through the process of how the Enomatic Elite machines work. A special card is loaded with an amount of money so you have complete control of your spending. The card is then inserted into the state of the art dispensers so you can sample to your heart’s content in 25ml, 125ml or 175ml amounts. A tot if you fancy sampling a few wines to buy to take away or a larger glass if you decide to stay and enjoy the atmosphere.
Both Mégane and Michael have an extensive knowledge in wine. Mégane has a degree in wine business alongside a WSET Level 3 qualification and 5 years experience working in the Plymouth outlet. Michael also has a WSET Level 3 qualification, alongside a number of years experience working as a sommelier in top-class establishments across the country. Both originating from France and having spent a number of years in the food and wine industry. You are most certainly in very capable hands.
With 32 different wines available by the taster and glass from 8 Enomatic Elite machines, there is plenty to entice you. The machines use state-of-the-art inert gas preservation which means Enomatic prevents wine from being altered by oxygen and protects its organoleptic integrity (taste, aroma, body, and colour) whilst serving at the optimum temperature. Every glass that is poured should be near perfection.
Yannick Loué, the founder of Le Vignoble has broken down barriers associated with wine and has created a comfortable environment for wine novices alongside the more discerning to sample and drink together. Yannick’s philosophy is to provide wines with a good balance between quality and price, focusing on small producers and unusual wines – all with real people and a real story behind them. Yannick and his team import directly from the vineyards in order to pass the best price on to us as the customer. With the 25ml samples sizes starting at around 60p to £1 it really does open your eyes up to trying new things and experimenting. On my visit I tried wines from Canada and Hungary as well as English, French and Italian.
To have alongside your wines there is a small menu of French tapas items. Amazing French cheeses, cold meats and salamis are on hand to satisfy your hunger pangs. Sampling both the cheese and meat platters on my visit I could taste the provenance and quality of the items being sourced from the famous Rungis market in Paris. I was transported to France in one bite. Heaven indeed! The perfect accompaniment to the fabulous wines on offer.
Spending a couple of hours in the comfortable surroundings eating and drinking whilst listening to an amazing playlist of jazz mixed with French rap and pretty much everything in between, I can safely say that it was a completely joyful way to spend the later end of my afternoon. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to visit again. It will be on my mainstay list when I visit Bath.
Disclaimer; I was invited to visit Le Vignoble, Bath. I was not paid for the post and all views are my own.