MAILLE IN PARIS: A TRIP TO MUSTARD HEAVEN

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Food, mustard, Paris, travel
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It seems silly to travel all the way to Paris for a jar of mustard, but that’s exactly what we do. OK…we happen to be in Paris when we make the pilgrimage to the Maille mustard shop, but I couldn’t imagine a trip to the city of light without making the stop.
Back in 1747, Antoine Maille was known by many as the greatest mustard and vinegar maker of all time. He created the now-famous Maille Dijon Originale mustard in Dijon, France, and opened a shop in Paris to sell it. To this day, the company follows his strict guidelines to re-create that magic. The Maille company opened a second store, in Dijon, in 1845.

The supermarket stuff.

There are several varieties of Maille mustard available in most supermarkets here in the United States, but the one mustard you can’t get…is the one you really want!
When you visit the Maille Paris shop on place de la Madeleine, you’re surrounded by beautiful displays of colorful jars of mustard. But you need to focus on the mustard taps–yes, like beer taps–at the main counter, a long oak bar where fresh mustard (no preservatives, never more than 10 days old) is dispensed into ceramic jars that are filled, corked, and wrapped in tissue paper.
Our mustard of choice is the Mailles Chablis mustard, which is unlike anything I’ve ever been able to find here in the States. And though it is potent, it has a magical quality that I can’t even begin to describe.

How do I get one of these taps in my home?

While you’re standing in line for your mustard–and there is always a line–you can sample the three fresh mustards offered with a pretzel or a cracker. Aside from the Chablis mustard, there is also a grape juice and honey mustard, and a white wine mustard.
Despite the fact that they say the potency of the fresh Maille mustard doesn’t last more than a few months, it doesn’t stop my wife and me from buying enough to keep us happy until the next trip to Paris a few years later. The way I look at it, the less potent Chablis mustard is still better than anything I can find on a store shelf here at home.
It is a sad day indeed when I open the last jar of Maille mustard, look deep down inside, and see that there is nothing left…just a dry residue of crusty mustard. I put the jar down, and go directly to my computer to book the next possible trip to Paris!
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Comments
  1. Jean says:

    Hi,

    I’m French and have never been in that shop, but I will, thank to you 🙂 I also never realized that I loved mustard that much before moving recently to the USA…

    By the way, if you are looking for more conventional Maille mustards but unable to find them in stores, you can still buy them online. The prices are quite similar to the ones in France (on amazon for example, you can get 6 jars for ~30 $, with free shipping).

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  2. Jean says:

    Alright, please ignore my previous comment. It appears that the Maille mustard available online with free shipping, comes from _Canadian_ Maille. People that tried it report a very different taste than the one of _French_ Maille…

    So, it seems like there is no other alternative than to bring it back from France, or pay for the high shipping cost 😦

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    • Alz355 says:

      Hi, Jean! Well, thanks for making the effort to look it up! It really is a fun little shop to go to while walking around in Paris. Are you familiar with a little wine bar called JUVENILE’s? If not, check my blog out about it. A great place for comfort food and wonderful wine! Thanks for checking out my blog! Have a great holiday!

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      • Jean says:

        How ironical is that I get to have such promising insights on my own city, at the precise time I am leaving it and through the advices of a friendly foreigner !

        I will definitely try this Juveniles bar next time I come back home.

        Have great holidays too 🙂

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