Bottled Water in France

Mar 6th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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Bottled Water in France

I was quite surprised on our first trip to France that there are other brands beside Evian. In fact most find it is too gaseous to be drunk with a meal.
I now request, "Une grande bouteille de l'eau avec petit gaz, s'il vous plait." This usually brings Pellegrino or (my favorite) Badoit. On occasion we have had some really interesting other brands and I wish I had made note of them. Any favorites?
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Mar 6th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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Evian is flat - no bubbles.

San Pellegrino is Italian and is one of the fizziest out there.

Badoit is nice - there is also a Spa (Belgian) water which is légèrement pétillante which I like
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Mar 6th, 2007, 09:54 AM
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Of course Lydio, you're right - I meant Perrier, not Evian.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 09:56 AM
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Perrier is indeed very fizzy. You will not see the Frenchies drinking it with dinner.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:00 AM
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Badois is our favourite, too. The green bottle is, as you say, lightly fizzy, but we noticed this trip that there is a red bottle of Badoit for sale that is extra-fizzy.

San Pellgrino is our second choice. We tried several other local fizzy waters while in Auvergne in 2005, but unfortunately didn't jot down the name of them. I haven't seen them elsewhere in France.

By the way, robjame, our local Loblaw's Superstore sells Gerolsteiner, a German fizzy water. We like it a great deal.

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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:02 AM
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Oh, I meant to add: I really dislike Perrier, whether with food or not. Am I the only one who finds it has a metallic taste?

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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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For small bubbles you also have Salvetat, Saint Amand, Carola (the green bottle, the red one has large bubbles, the blue one is still water), Arvie, Quezac,. Several local brands too
For larger bubbles Carola red, Saint Yorre , ...
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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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I don't care for the fizzy waters.. I believe the two "V" brands are 'sans gaz'... Vittel and Volvic
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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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San P, Perrier, Vittel, Plancoet from Bretagne, Contrex - all owned by Nestlé now. Badoit is Danone. But at least they're better than that fake Coca-Cola water - Dasani!
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Mar 6th, 2007, 11:11 AM
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Spa Marie-Henriette in the green bottle is the one that's lightly sparkling, almost like Badoit. Or Duke, another Belgian sparkler that isn't too fizzy. If you don't like really fizzy water, avoid like the plague Spa Barisart in the red bottle--I love it, but my husband hates it (the company calls it "l'eau explosive"). Spa Reine in the blue bottle is flat.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 11:19 AM
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Generally speaking, if you don't like it very fizzy, avoid the red bottles; the Badoit red is also very gaseous
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Mar 6th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Anyone ever had Chateldon carbonated water? I think the claim is that they don't advertise, it was reserved for only the king at one time. It is served in Ducasse restaurants and we had it once (at Le Reminet I think) and it was great... petit gaz
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