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110 000 champagne bottles under the rock

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« We have here in stock 350 000 bottles, from 3 500 different references. Among those are one third in Champagne. » says Gennaro Iorio, Head Cellar Master for the Société des Bains de mer of Monoco. The best seller among all spirits and alcoholic beverages on all 33 restaurants of the Rock (aka Monaco) is Champagne. Brand names are the most common. Moët, Ruinart, Roederer, Taittinger, Mumm, Gosset, Deutz, Duval-Leroy or Perrier Jouet are widely proposed. The most expensive bottles are Dom Perignon’s rosés and Cristal, with a sale ticket going between 500 and 1 000 Euros per bottle, depending on the restaurant. The rough value of all the bottles in this one place reaches 12 million Euros, retail price.

The Hotel de Paris cellar hosts some marvels no longer for sale. When walking the cellar, one can bump into a Margaux 1850. On the Champagne side, the oldest bottles are Millésime Moët 1911 and 1923, a 1928 Krug or a 1929 Bollinger. All theses treasures should shortly transfer into a new museum set up within the cellar.

Jean-Baptiste Duteurtre

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