Exclusive Wine Tasting at Le Cinq

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The Four Seasons Hotel George V

When San Francisco Luxury Living contributor Karen Tamblyn recently went to Paris for the Fall 2010 collections, she took some time from her busy fashion show schedule to attend a special event at The Four Seasons Hotel George V (a rare opportunity we mentioned before at sfluxe.net.)

Here is Karen’s report from the wine cellar beneath the Hotel George V.

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Sonya Rolin, Afsaneh Akhtari, Ivonne Cohen, Karen Tamblyn and Victoria Yeager Sawyer

George V, the most exquisite and prestigious Hotel in Paris is graced on a daily basis by fresh and spectacular flower arrangements cautiously and beautifully designed by floral designer Jeff Leatham. Flowers are flown in twice a week from Amsterdam. Although, it is not my first time at le Cinq. This time, it was different as I was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience wine tasting.

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Victoria Yeager Sawyer, Sonya Rolin, Afsaneh Akhtari, Karen Tamblyn

Upon arrival, I was escorted through the kitchen to the hidden and spectacular wine cellar located 14 meters below floor level, below the Siene and the metro. The building foundation goes deep into the stone quarry where quarriers extracted the stones used to build the nearby Arc de Triomphe.

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14 Meter Underground Wine Cellar

Here, Cedric Mountpoint led us to the amazing infrastructure of carved stones and history where the most exquisite and prized rare bottles of wine are stored at the perfect temperature including Corton Charlemagne by Coche-Dury, a range of Musignys, and the rare Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 (36,000 Euros)

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Cases of Petrus

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The Exquisite Wine Collection

Friends Victoria Yaeger Sawyer, Afsaneh Akhtari, Sonya Rolin, Ivonne Cohen and Asim Abdullah were transported to the magical world of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a first class display of the fabulous 50,000 bottle collection of the world’s best wines.

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The Ambience

Such a treat was led by Director and Sommelier, Eric Beaumard. It was without a doubt, the best wine cellar I have ever visited! It is widely regarded as one of the best in Europe. Thanks Sonya Rolin for such an amazing treat.