Lavinia is the closest thing Paris has to a wine superstore, with a large international selection. The upstairs wine bar attracts a well-suited after work crowd.
Reviews of interest
The Financial Times (2014) “…the other Parisian wine retailer that most obviously takes imported wine seriously is Lavinia, a French-owned, lavishly decorated three-floor department store… The owners acquired the venerable Caves Augé to solidify their allocation status with the most sought-after producers in France, particularly fashionable burgundy, whose supply is so finite that prices have been soaring.”
Time Out (2012) “Its glassed-in cave has everything from a 1945 Mouton-Rothschild at €22,000 to trendy and ‘fragile’ wines for under €10. Have fun tasting wine with the dégustation machines on the ground floor, which allow customers to taste a sip of up to ten different wines each week for €10.”
Dr. Vino (2006) “the store is the most New World in its orientation in all of Paris…with copious amounts of staff, the customer service is as refreshing as the air conditioning.”
Wine Terroirs (2004) “What is outstanding here is the choice, and not only of french wines…This is a heavy-weight store : 500 square meters filled with many different wines, the most famous and praised of course, but also many of the lesser known ones…”