Les Dix Vins
My friend and regular guest quester Frances had been in Santiago just the week before, so had some fresh recommendations for me, the first of which was Les Dix Vins.
It was a quiet Monday evening so the comfortable confines of this stylish wine bar were very welcome. And after a fairly substantial lunch at 99, the prospect of something more towards light grazing sounded exactly what I needed.
The setup is essentially a wine bar with a range of tables inside and some elegant seating outside with rather a lovely view out across the hills and mountains of the city.
I sat inside but with a view out over the fading twilight. A menu was promptly brought and I was given a full briefing on what the arrangements were.
Essentially the place stocks half local Chilean wine from small producers, and half French wine from various regions. The food menu has French cheese and charcuterie at its heart, with additional more hearty items still with a French influence such as steak tartare, snails, boeuf bourgignon and confit duck.
I had lucked out by visiting on a Monday as they offer a free cheese tasting which was music to my ears. Their wine menu also offered a tasting of four Chilean wines which sounded like an excellent place to start.
A plate of seven different cheeses was brought along with my first glass of wine, an excellent white Pedro Jiminez. The cheeses were pretty glorious with outstanding Pont L’Eveque and powerful Livarot the highlights.
I was still in need of something more to eat so opted for the snails and the tartare.
The snails arrived first in a traditional dish packing the expected garlicky aroma. They were joyful little morsels and the plentiful bread came in handy to mop up all the garlic herby goodness.
The tartare was even better with a generous pile of chopped beef with a bright and zingy mixture of onions, capers and the rest of the usual suspects for an outstandingly good serving of a classic I eat all too regularly.
The accompanying wine was excellent with the final carmenere particularly good. I couldn’t resist a little glass of their splendid Ermitage Cote du Rhone to finish.
So overall, Les Dix Vins provided me with a thoroughly lovely evening and some great food and wine. I was looked after in very fine style by a woman I assume was the owner. She certainly made sure that I left with much new information about Chilean wine as well as a smile on my face and a spring in my step from time well spent in a highly convivial setting.
Blythe scores Les Dix Vins
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: snails, steak tartare, cheese (free tasting)
I drank: tasting of Cordillerammar pedro jimenez, PS Garcia pinot noir, Sabatico garnacha blend, and Vultur carmenere; Ermitage Cote du Rhone 2008, water
I wore: orange wine trousers
Total bill: 41,470 pesos
Address: Avenue Vitacura 2935, Las Condes, Santiago