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It is the cellar that makes the collector's prestige. And collectors compete with each other by the content of their cellars: extraordinary vintages compete with each other, and the creation of a cellar becomes a race for exceptional and quality products! In addition to the essential bottles, a beautiful wine collection contains famous, prestigious and exceptional wines. All this is stored in the best conditions, in quality cellars! We will therefore see that the collection goes hand in hand with the cellar, which often includes that the collection is that of a prestigious establishment, that it is the precious cellar of restaurants.

We invite you today to discover the most beautiful wine collections and what makes them so valuable. Les Grappes takes you to visit the prestigious cellars!

The collection of the Silver Tower in Paris

The Silver Tower is a legend: it is in its basement that David Ridgway, head sommelier of the Tower, but also master of the place, collects his bottles. Its collection includes approximately 35,000 bottles, stored in a 1,500m² cellar. The wine collection of the Tour d'Argent is used to supply the oldest restaurant in Paris, which dates back to 1582 and serves as the cellar for this collection of rare bottles. The collection of the Silver Tower is therefore accessible to the restaurant's customers. It can therefore be enjoyed!

This collection includes both 19th century wines such as Clos Vougeot 1874, but also all the first classified growths of Bordeaux from the 1980s and 1990s. There are therefore old vintages and exceptional recent vintages.

The originality of this collection lies in the fact that some of the wines are kept in 37.5 cl bottles; they are "mini bottles" only produced for the Silver Tower, and are not available on the market.

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Cave de la Tour d'Argent in Paris

The Cave du Château in Paris

This new wine cellar combines tradition and modernity in Le Clarence, which welcomes it to its walls. La Cave du Château is located in a private mansion adjoining a gastronomic restaurant, at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées.

It contains many references, particularly in the field of Bordeaux (more than 2,000 references), and plans to expand further. Indeed, the cellar includes all the largest castles on the right and left banks, with the particularity that there is no intermediary between the owners and the cellar. This is one of the guarantees of quality for great wines.
The master of the house is Prince Robert of Luxembourg, owner of Château Haut-Brion: he is a wine lover and has chosen to provide his cellar with his own wines. The cellar has 40 vintages of Château Haut Brion rouge from 1961 to 2013, in different formats, from half-bottles (37.5 cl) to salmanazar (9 litres).

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Cave du Château in Paris

The collection of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco

In the underground corridors of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in Monaco, there are nearly 550,000 great wines. A unique collection for the Louis XV restaurant.

The Hotel is one of the mythical hotel establishments, it is a palace. And the cellar of this palace houses one of the most prestigious wine cellars in the world at a depth of 13m. The cellar was inaugurated in 1874 by Marie Blanc, wife and successor of the founder of the Société des bains de mer. Its 1,500m² makes it one of the largest cellars in the world.

It is also a prestigious cellar since it collects very rare wines such as Château Margaux 1929 or Château d'Yquem 1890.
The collection is divided into two categories: wines to age, and wines to drink. The wines to be aged are kept in wooden crates until they have reached maturity: the wooden boxes are then opened and the bottles are then exposed on shelves. The collection is therefore alive, in constant renewal.

The wines from the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo collection can be tasted in the Louis XV restaurant. When the wines have reached maturity, the sommelier adds them to the restaurant's wine list. The opportunity to discover wine treasures.

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Cellar of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco

The Rekondo collection in San Sebastian, Spain

The family collection is the result of a passion that has been perpetuated for more than 50 years. This has made it possible to build a prestigious cellar for a family restaurant.

This is the work of owner Txomin Rekondo, who, in 1964, decided to make his hobby a way of life. He therefore wanted to start a wine cellar and open up to wine products from all over the world. This is the condition for a rich and varied collection.

The cellar of the restaurant located in San Sebastian is considered one of the most beautiful restaurant cellars in the world. It houses about 120,000 bottles and 4,000 wine references. Txomin Rekondo has tried to discover wines from all over the world: more than 20 countries are represented in his collection. For example, there is the Château d'Yquem collection, a first superior growth classified in 1855, with a large number of vintages in Sauternes; or the impressive vertical of Marqués de Riscal.

The collection formed by Txomin Rekondo is a story of passion, taste and discovery. This is what makes it one of the most beautiful collections, carefully preserved in a family cellar.

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Rekondo Cellar in San Sebastian

The collection of Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy

This collection of the greatest wines of Tuscany is preserved in the Belmond Villa San Michele Hotel on the heights of Florence.

Villa San Michele, before being one of the prestigious Florentine hotels, was a monastery. In one of the oldest rooms of the building, the cellar in which the bottles are stored has been established. 400 estates are represented, over several vintages. These are mainly wines from Tuscany, whose reputation is indisputable. Among these precious wines are Brunello-di-montalcino, montepulciano, bolgheri...

The principle of this cellar is to retrace the history of wine Tuscany. Each tasting becomes a journey back in time to discover a year, a land... The tasting is therefore enhanced by a history lesson, a discovery. Silvestro Napoletano offers comparative tastings of several harvests of the emblematic wine of the San Guido estate, for example, through 1985, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2007... to capture all its flavours and evolutions.

The wine collection can therefore focus on a territory, rather than on a very large panel. Thus it allows to discover a whole land over the years and its productions.

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Belmond Villa San Michele Cellar in Florence

Michel-Jack Chasseuil's collection: the most beautiful cellar in the world

Michel-Jack Chasseuil's cellar is considered to be the largest, as it contains the most beautiful collection. Indeed it has more than 40,000 bottles, including the greatest vintages. But also and above all, Michel-Jack Chasseuil holds the most expensive bottle on the market: a 78 Richebourg.

Michel-Jack's secret: starting his collection early. Indeed, the beginning of his collection dates back to the time when he was a worker.

Its purpose: to form the basis of a wine museum. Michel-Jack Chasseuil considers that each of his bottles could be a history lesson. For example, he owns bottles that belonged to Napoleon when he was on St. Helena.

To collect such bottles, the cellar must offer the best conditions for storage: Michel Jack built it himself, using blocks. His cellar, his collection, all this is his work. And we can see here that wine is a passionate job, its investment in its bottles reflects its attachment to wine-growing culture.

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Cave de Michel-Jack Chasseuil

Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky

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