Bath’s newest wine bar, Le Vignoble opened last week and I was kindly invited to the launch night. This is a wine bar with a difference…which I’ll come to later on!
Le Vignoble first opened it’s doors in Plymouth 6 years ago by Yannick and his partner Ele after seeing a similar bar in Paris. After such a success they were looking for another venue and when avaliability in Bath popped up they hit the ground running. Yannick wants to get away from the ‘wine snob’ stigma that’s often linked to wine bars – as he said, at the end of the day, wine is made by farmers and that is often forgotten. He asks that we forget what we already know about wine (such as ‘I only like sauvignon blanc’) and discover new and exciting tastes. He’d like us to be more confident and push the boundaries on our wine tasting and preferences.
With over 300 wines to chose from you’ll probably never run out of choice. The wines are sourced from across the globe and closer to home. We were greeted with glasses of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2013 which is made in Kent (an English sparkling wine which everyone agreed was SO good!)
So why is this a wine bar with a difference? Firstly, when you arrive, you receive your own card which works like a tab. You purchase your wine, return to the bar at the end and settle the bill. Alternatively, you can request your own card (which I think is great for people who will be frequent attendees). This card keeps a log of all the wines you’ve had over previous visits so if you don’t visit for a couple of months and can’t remember what wine you liked, the card has a record of it on there.
The second reason for it being a wine bar with a difference is the ingenious serving method. There are 32 different wines which are served using Enomatic wine dispensers (Le Vignoble is the ambassador for this brand in the South West). These machines will dispense 3 different serving sizes – a small taster , a 125ml or a 175ml glass. For those of us that don’t really know what sort of wine we like, or don’t like, it means that we can ‘try before we buy’ (the taster servings start at 70p). I’m not a lover of red wine but I think that if I could start to sample a few different ones, then my mind may be changed! This system also means that if you want to try a more premium end wine but don’t want to pay the bigger price tag, you can!
Whilst you’re sat relaxing with your glass of wine, chances are you’ll probably become a little peckish. A small selection of tapas is served to go with your drinks and from the small bites I tried at the event I can confirm they are delicious! (I also noted that they do baked Camembert and that’s got to be a winner right?!)
Le Vignoble can be found in Bath within Milsom Place. I think this would be perfect for those on a first or second date (or 100th!) as it’s something really different and good fun.
Thank you to Yannick at Le Vignoble and Madeline from CoCo PR for the invite!