“Joyeux Anniversaire, French Depot!”
The French Depot, first opened its doors almost ten years ago in Lemesos’ Old Town near Ayia Napa Church, owned and directed then by Philippe Heron and his wife, who stocked what was then, for Cyprus, a good selection of both inexpensive and Chateaux Bordeaux, as well as wine from other French regions. They were early suppliers in Cyprus of some good lines of gourmet foods as well. The Herons had a lovely shop, but there was one great disadvantage; parking nearby was incredibly difficult. So it was not surprising that when Christophe and Elia Chaillou acquired the business they moved to a handier location, where they remain today.
Christophe describes the shop as “A cosy wine boutique in Limassol, where ambience, wine and fine delicatessen can offer you transports of delight”. But, these days, ten years on, it’s more than a trip to France. The Chaillous not only purvey the produce of France and very knowledgeable wine epicurean guidance, they now bring in wines from Spain, Portugal, Greece, Japan, South Africa, Morocco, South America and Chile.
And, yes, if you fancy a Confit of Duck, the supreme French variety is still a best-seller. Coming in large cans, the succulent legs are surrounded by pure duck fat which does a roast potato better than any other fat or oil. Among the many other delights I most also praise the range of cheese. Merveilleux!
There is now a French Depot in Nicosia, with a splendid wine selection (pictured). Until the end of August, the French Depot shops are celebrating the 10th. anniversary with some special deals, which you can check out in-store or on-line.
French Depot Limassol, 17, Spyrou Kyprianou Street, near Columbia. Tel. 25327427, 96341473. French Depot, Nicosia at 45, Ilia Papakiriakou Street, Engomi tel. 22353200. Website: www.frenchdepotshop.com.cy