27 February 2009

The Cellars of the Hôtel de Paris - the Racks of Wine


We are still in the area of the cellar where the wine has been placed in racks according to its region of France (see middle photo) - Valley of the Rhone, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Provence.

The main photo, taken without flash, is very grainy I know, but actually that's how it was - an incredibly dimly lit cellar and quite magical. This shows wine from just one of the regions listed above. We are looking at one of the aisles leading off the main avenue in the middle photo.

The last photo shows a trolley used to transport the wine.

The cellar, being 10 metres below ground level, and hewn out of Monaco's rock, has a constant temperature and humidity level of between 75 per cent and 80 percent. Humidity preserves the quality of the corks. Iorio Gennaro, the Chef Caviste, describes the cork as the 'lungs of a bottle.' A dry cork lets air into the bottle and oxidizes the wine, which makes it undrinkable - i.e. corked.

8 comments:

Arnaud said...

How lucky you are to visit this cellar !!
thanks to share with us :o)

maria said...

This is unbelievable.
It looks very clean and organized - although I bet inventory is no easy task.
Jilly, how many square meters is this cellar? It looks enormous.

Jilly said...

Maria, it's 1,500 square metres with one and a half kilometres of wine rack space!

Carraol said...

Very interesting info, its incredible the cost of this bottles, a lot more of a Leica, Nikon or Canon. Thanks again for show us this place!

Halcyon said...

Hee! I bet we could have some fun in there!

Nathalie said...

1,500 square meters of THAT!
A drunken's paradise!
No, I should say a connoisseur's paradise, because I doubt there's bad wine in there!

Gail's Man said...

I know a couple of ladies who could probably drink this cellar dry at one sitting!

Dusty Lens said...

That's a lot of wine!

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