Meet with Lionel, the go-to French wine expert in Paris …The reference for Minsters of government and international wine buyers
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Join Lionel for a taste of history. Enter the exotic realm of vintage and antique wines. You will taste wines that date as far back as the early 19th century, after descending into the shadowy depths of Lionel’s 17th-century wine cellar in the heart of Paris, where these exceptional vintages are carefully preserved.
Hear tales of vineyards and varieties of French grapes, of good years and bad years, of sugar and sunlight.
Taste three excellent wines, including one old vintage.
You will learn about:
• What it takes to be an expert in rare and vintage wines
• How to identify those wines that are truly exceptional
This is a rare opportunity to explore a world that few are ever able to enter. This is much more than a wine tasting; it is a sensual journey during which you will have the chance to taste the past.
I was born in 1949, which was a very good year. I am myself a "blend" of the Ardennes and Martinique varieties.
A young wine-lover While studying law, I took a part-time position at Bercy, the famous Paris wine market
A short time later, I joined a wine-tasting club, which introduced me to the splendor of vintage wines, and through which I tasted such iconic vintages as a 1945 Mouton, a 1921 Yquem, a 1900 Margaux, an 1870 Latour, and an 1811 Chambertin.
A professional wine expert
Transformed by this experience, I began to collect fine wines myself.
In 1994, I bought my own wine cellar in order to share my passion with other oenophiles.
I buy rare wines for famous Michelin-starred chefs.
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