Friday, October 20, 2006
Paris Auctions Wine Amassed by Beer Loving Chirac
While he was Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, French President Jacques Chirac built quite a wine cellar for a man known to prefer Corona beer over wine. Today and tomorrow Socialist Mayor Bertrand Delanoe will auction off nearly 5,000 bottles of Lafite-Rothschild, Petrus, Margaux and other high priced wines stored at Paris City Hall.
The fine French wines are what is left over from parties honoring the likes of U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, Pope John Paul II and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The current regime in Paris has gone downscale, eliminating most of the dinner parties and fancy gifts for visiting big wigs.
Auction house SVV Giafferi is running the sale. Wines included in the sale are 1981 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, 1989 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, 1986 Romanee Conti, 1990 Chateau Petrus and 1976 Krug Champagne.