Generally, wine shops are pretty utilitarian places, though occasionally some stores like Silver Lake Wine, Everson Royce, Héritage, Wally’s Beverly Hills, and Domaine LA have a bit more to offer in the way of ambience. When Jordan Ogron came on as a partner of Tesse, Bill Chait, Raphael Francois, and Sally Camacho’s ambitious West Hollywood restaurant, part of the vision was to create a fantastic-looking bottle shop with exclusive selections available no where else in the country.
Named Boutellier, for the person in charge of the king’s cellar in 18th century France, a neon key logo marks the separate entrance to the shop. The boutellier would be the only person who held the key to the king’s cellar. The space itself has a clear relationship with Tesse, with strong angles, dim lighting, and a blend of natural and stone materials to give it a modern look.
A few things to know about the shop. Prices for the bottles start at $15 and go up into the many thousands of dollars, with over a thousand different selections from which to choose. However, most bottles will hover around the $40 range. In addition, any bottle can be taken to Tesse for a $15 corkage, though the shop itself will be closed off during private events. Most people who come in to buy a bottle will also get a complementary taste of bubbly, giving the store a high-end experience, but with some approachable prices. Another nice perk is that every bottle gets a customized packaging designed by FaustLevito, which means anyone looking to gift these wines will have some very nice to present.
Finally, except for some Tesse exclusives to the wine list, there isn’t very much overlap between the restaurant and the wine shop’s selections. One example of an exclusive find is Abadía Retuerta, a Spanish wine that previously only offered bottles at its Duero Valley winery or its attached Michelin-star restaurant.
After it closes for the day, Boutellier opens up to Tesse as a private dining space for up to 40 people, though it also acts as a spillover dining room on busy nights. Eventually Ogron will host wine pairing dinners from some of the most highly regarded winemarkers to go along with Francois and Camacho’s dishes.
Boutellier is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will validate parking at the underground structure for two hours with a purchase.
8500 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069.