04 March 2009

The Cellars of the Hôtel de Paris - the Gold Bottle


We've now walked through the passageway we saw yesterday - into the area where we find the great wines - the cheapest of which is 800 euros a bottle. You'll note in the smaller photograph how the shelving is smarter, newer than in the areas of the cellar we saw earlier.

Our young and very informative guide (he is one of the 9 cavistes who work in the cellar) holds a bottle of the Château Mouton Rothschild 2000. Mouton means sheep, of course, and for this important year - 2000 - the sheep and the writing is engraved in solid gold. He told us this bottle has a current value of 4,000 euros but that it will eventually reach 12,000 euros.

Note the way the caviste holds the bottle - his forefinger into the base of the bottle. All cavistes hold wine bottles in this way.

The key in his hand is to close this area when we leave - locked and protected.

10 comments:

George Townboy said...

Before I got to your explanation of how he holds the bottle, I was thinking 'what if' he drops that right in front of Jilly! LOL

I'll be starting all of my conversations today with, "Have you ever seen a bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild - 2000?"

Thank you. Again, awesome series.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful bottle. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm not sure I'd ever get to see such a bottle if you hadn't shared your experience.

Halcyon said...

I love the curly-haired sheep on the bottle. So cute!

Small City Scenes said...

This has been quite a tour---ending with the bottle of golden wine or the golden bottle of wine---either way it is golden. MB

Marie-Noyale said...

I really enjoy your series in this very special cave...
An engraved gold sheep...impressive!

Jilly said...

Halcyon, it hasn't ended yet! Lots more to see - how about Chateau Petrus? Come back again...

alice said...

Jilly, this series is just fantastic! But we have to wait a few years before drinking the treasure of today (and to play to Loto, maybe! ;-)

Babooshka said...

Yes please. How much would a glass be worth I wonder.

Halcyon said...

Will their be more sheepies? I probably shouldn't admit this, but I often choose wine based on the bottle! :-)

Steffe said...

I'd love to try a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild. A bit pricey for me!

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