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Bordeauxthèque in Paris

Submitted by on October 29, 2011 – 12:46 amNo Comment
The Wine Library of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann has opened the Bordeauxthèque, a new 250-square-meter area designed as an "embassy" for wines from the Bordeaux region of France. The Bordeauxthèque will present a range of more than 1,000 wines to satisfy both novices and connoisseurs. For Philippe Thomas, Food and Restaurant Director of Galeries Lafayette, this will be “the quintessence of Bordeaux wine at the heart of the greatest store in the world.” Twelve thousand bottles will be stored there. Nine exceptional Bordeaux grands crus (Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Mission Haut-Brion, Cheval-Blanc, Petrus and Yquem) will be presented in this showcase setting. For each of them, around 30 reference vintages will be available. These wines will include legendary years such as Mouton 1945 and Yquem 1899. From vintage 2009, delivered in 2012, the “Bordeauxthèque Collection” case will each year bring together these nine grands crus of the same vintage in a magnificent wooden presentation box. A unique selection of special formats will complete the offer: half-bottle, Magnum, Double Magnum, Jeroboam, Imperial and Nabuchodonosor. White wines and Sauternes wines will also be suitably represented with a wide choice in the Bordeauxthèque. Crus bourgeois of more recent vintages will be displayed in large quantities, thus constituting one of the largest ranges of Bordeaux wines ever placed on sale. More commonly consumed wines, priced from €3.90 will be grouped together in an area featuring regular promotions. Customers can also purchase wines in Magnum or Double Magnum sizes for themselves or as gifts. A team of wine experts speaking many languages will welcome and advise clientele. The Bordeauxthèque is designed like a 17th-century library with its cabinets laid out in classical style: pilasters, painted wood capitals, polished brass bars and black and white checkerboard paving. Unlike in ordinary shelf arrangements, the bottle tops form a regular and geometrical vertical pattern, lending itself to the initiation of the novice while at the same time maintaining a reverent atmosphere for connoisseurs. The entrance, forming a corridor, accommodates commonly consumed wines. The passageway then opens out into a room surrounding a rotunda topped by a gilded cupola. Located in the heart of Lafayette Gourmet, the 400 square meters of the Wine Library contain not only 1600 wines but also 700 spirits including brandies and liqueurs from every region of France and all over the world. All the diversity of regions and names, from the most private to the most prestigious, is here: 300 champagnes, from the greatest names to those produced by independent wine growers; a careful selection of famous Burgundies, and a choice of wines from the Loire, Rhone, Savoie and Jura regions and vineyards in the South of France. The collection housed in the Wine Library is as carefully targeted as it is varied and serves as a for the latest trends in wine growing, including organic wine and biodynamics. Finally, the Bar Rouge, located at the heart of the Wine Library, plays host to gourmets with a simple and refined menu based on the finest products sold at Lafayette Gourmet. Needless to say, a selection of wines served by the glass is available there. (Photo courtesy of France Guide)

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