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Burdigala

Add:550 Wuding Rd

Tel:021-6217 0377

Time:11:30am-late

2012-12-11

Slightly west of Shaanxi Road on Wuding Road is this impressive wine bar that specializes in Bordeaux wines. For its CEO Franck Boudot, The Burdigala is a tribute to his hometown, the city of Burdigala in southwestern France. "I set this up because I love Bordeaux wine and I was fed up with the price and quality of Bordeaux," Boudot explains. "Wine lovers in China love Bordeaux but think it's very expensive and I wanted to prove that high-quality Bordeaux doesn't have to be." Offering 48 different Bordeaux wines, the establishment also aims to educate. With each wine order, the customer is given a card explaining its characteristics. "We want customers to understand Bordeaux wine because it's very complex and understanding enhances their enjoyment of the wine." A glass ranges from 36 yuan (US$5.8) to 50 yuan, with a handy breakdown posted on the wall, explaining the characteristics of each. Bottles start at 158 yuan and most are around 230 yuan. Customers can even pump and cork their own bottle of wine with two options 78 yuan and 98 yuan. In addition to wine, The Burdigala serves a selection of Southwestern French specialties. Popular items include the club sandwich with truffles (89 yuan) and a charcuterie plate featuring five delicatessen meats (220 yuan). Boudot says his establishment is Shanghai's first wine bistro.

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