09 March 2009

The Cellars of the Hôtel de Paris - the Private Dining Room


Deep within the cellar - amazingly - we find a private dining room where Prince Rainier would sometimes dine with Princess Grace. Used for private parties, the room is decorated with priceless old wines and cognacs.

In the main photo, you see two of our party admiring one of the displays.

You'll find here Château Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1850, Gruaud Larose 1865 and 1874, Yquem 1890, Léonville Poyferré 1895, Margaux 1920, Mission Haut Brion 1920 en jéroboams, Pontet Canet 1924, la Conseillante 1928, Lafite Rothschild 1937 and the last Pétrus 1945 - often, the last bottle or the last two bottes. The cognacs date from 1805, and the famous Roi de Rome of 1811, Churchill's favourite. Some bottles are of historic interest, like the Mouton 1945 marked with a V for Victory, or the 1976 with a design by Picasso. These bottles are to be kept, never to be opened.

More tomorrow.

8 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

This series has been very interesting. thank you. MB

George Townboy said...

How fantastic!

Sharon said...

Oh what it must be like to dine here! One can only imagine.

Virginia said...

Beautiful chairs. Did you get to dine here Jilly?
V

glenda said...

Very elegant especially when you imagine those who have dined here.

nathalie in avignon said...

Honestly I can't say I'm impressed with the decor. Yes the chairs do it and so does the white tablecloth, but the architecture and lighting look terribly drab to me. I'm sure the location is an exciting one, but I think it deserves to be revamped.

Jilly said...

Nathalie, I so agree. It was a surprise to see a dining room but I'd have thought it would be a little more...well you know. However, we are deep in the bowels of the earth and I got the feeling this dining room hasn't been ungraded for years.

angela said...

I agree with Nathalie. It must be such a prestigious place you'd think they'd give it a lick of paint..
(nice table though)

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