There is a great natural wine bar in Montreal called Les Trois Petits Bouchons. It has been open for 5 years and its wine list has always been comprised of only organic, biodynamic or natural wines. I met the co-proprietor at BALNEA Spa outside of Montreal a few weeks ago where he and his chef (Audrey Defresne) were participating in BALNEA’s Summer of Chefs competition. We started talking wine and quickly discovered our mutual admiration of (or should I say uncontrollable addiction for) Stanko Radikon’s wines. He said he still had one bottle of Oslavje 2004 left at the restaurant. I promised to pass by. A few nights later we satisfied our mutual addictive tendencies. I’ve included a picture of the cork – and as Matt said after I texted it to him: its “wine porn”.
The wine list at Trois Petites Bouchons is a natural wine drinkers nirvana. It has hundreds of bottles at every price point from around the world. Highlights from the list included: Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto, Lapierre Morgon, and Vouette & Sorbee Champagne in magnums.
We finished the night with a Binner 1987 Eau de Vie – “Vieux Marc de Riesling Kaeferrkopf” which I don’t have any words to describe because, as you probably know, Eau de Vie has a way of getting into your memory banks and hitting erase.
If you are into natural wine – this is my “go to” recommendation in Montreal.