The best vin chaud in Val d'Isere?
First off, let me confess that although we certainly put the hours in, we didn't find the best vin chaud in Val d'Isere. Or Tignes. In fact we didn't get above an eight-out-of-ten. If you have found the best, let us know. We'll send our local lackeys and if they agree we'll send you a bottle of wine!
Le Chalet de Bollin, Tignes €4
Top of Bollin lift, just above Val Claret
Weak, a bit sour, watery, too much cinnamon (for Kate anyway). Good location though - a sunny terrace with views over Val Claret - and that counts for a lot.
Bananabar, Val d'Isere €4
In Val village, bottom of the pistes near Olympique gondola
Weak, not a great first time for our fellow taster HC! Not hot enough either – made with the coffee machine steamer: always a cop-out.
Le Signal, Le Fornet €4
Le Fornet just at the top of the gondola
Hot, good level of alcolhol [sic!] and sweetness, thick and not watery at all. Maybe slightly too sweet? Could be more alcolholic! [sic again!]
La Datcha, Val d'Isere €4
Smelled like it would have too much cinnamon but not at all. Sour enough to need more sugar to taste, which is good - better than being tooth-achingly sweet, in our book. Quite dry, good and hot (we were cold AND hungry), nice booze level.
Bar L’Ouillette, Val d'Isere €3.5
Bottom of Madeleine green piste
Standards might be slipping as we have had a few today. Best location by far – cool ‘Ibiza meets Hawaii’ bar in the snow with bright pink and orange palm trees and blankets, and views over the frozen lake. The wine is sweet and flavoursome, fruity and boozy. Make note to try the vin chaud blanc next time...
Gorgeous cakes from le Chevallot in Val village also €3.50.
Loop bar €4
Village level in Tignes Le Lac
Juicy and bit watery at first slurp, but better at second taste. Hot, not too sweet and not too dry but not very spicy either.
So that's our findings, now tell us yours! Part two from Courchevel coming soon... ah, how we suffer