Championing a simple yet authentic ethos of ‘for lovers of good wine’, husband and wife team Thomas and Anne Cabrol opened No. 5 Wine Bar in 2013 in Toulouse where head chef, Anne is master of the kitchen while Thomas, master in oenology and nicknamed ‘The Palate’, oversees the wine program as wine director.

Since its initiation No. 5 has established itself as a leader in fine wine, claiming an esteemed three star award in its first appearance in the World’s Best Wine Lists in 2016, in addition to claiming a World’s Best Wine Lists Jury Prize – making it one of the top 50 wine lists in the world. Perhaps its most distinguished award is becoming the Best Wine Bar List in Europe in the World’s Best Wine Lists, a merit further enriched through its awards debut.

The plethora of wine available is thoughtfully curated, and No. 5 is certainly to be regarded as a destination for Champagne with its broad selection of Jacquesson, Roederer, Bérèch and Deutz vintages, and sparkling wines of the world including Nyetimber, Chapel Down and Gramona Cava. No. 5 displays a noteworthy selection of Bordeaux with remarkable vintages of Chasse Spleen, Lafite Rothschild, Clos du Marquins and Calan-Ségur, to name a few, with a substantial collection of wines available in magnum including Clos du Mez Gamay 2007, Lafite Rothschild Premier Grand Cru Classe Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 and Domaine des Schistes Terrasses Grenache Noir 2012, should you be inclined.

With a mix of hidden gems and well reputed collection of names from across the globe including Adelaide Hills’ Shaw + Smith in Australia; Spain’s Pago de Los Capellanes in Ribera del Douro, and the Verité in Sonoma Valley, USA, plus a strong selection from Italy. However this does not compare to the vast selection of French wines on offer. A notable range of sweet wine has earnt its place on this list, where Bordeaux icons such as Suduiraut, Rieussec and Yquem take centre stage, while renowned German producer Joh Jos Prüm is also featured.

It was after becoming a master of oenology that Thomas decided to open No. 5, where they now also host wine and food sessions with varying focuses including marrying chocolate and wine; discovering the elegance of Burgundy wines, and comparing key regions like Chilean vs Argentinian wines, North Rhône vs South Rhône; and more, all for an impressively accessible price of €20. Guests can be assured Thomas, a professional sensory analyst, in conjunction with head sommelier, Marjolaine Delhomme, will assist them with a good wine choice when visiting No. 5.

Anne prepares a high-end tapas menu with an unforgettable coupling of regional wines to complement. The small plates menu includes charcuterie, featuring a selection of chorizo and Iberico ham, cheeses, breads and more. The tapas includes a 63 degree truffle egg, a No. 5 specialty, innovative vegetarian options, artisan terrines and other traditional French dishes.

The dynamic duo clearly has an understanding of its Toulousain customers with its ability to maintain its reputation in both Toulouse and France, a notion which has transcended to travelers who journey to visit the wine bar. The chic interior encompasses a warm and inviting ambiance, creating an atmospheric social spot for guests.

Widely recognized as one of the best wine bars in France, the team at No. 5 enjoy thousands of French and foreign wines, making each talented winemaker accessible to No. 5 customers.