The Beau-Rivage, the oldest family-owned hotel in Geneva, has one of the richest wine cellars in Switzerland and it’s the home to some of the rarest vintages of Bordeaux. With the exception of the châteaux themselves, it is probably the only place in the world where you can still find a large stock of Château Cheval Blanc 1911, 1921 Château Haut-Brion, Chateau Latour 1947 and 1945 Château Lafite. Jean-Christophe Ollivier, the chef-sommelier of the Michelin-starred Chat Botté, buys Bordeaux En Primeur and stores the wines for a decade before they reach the wine list. That list offers verticals from all the first growths: 13 vintages of Château Latour, from 1945 to 1999; 11 vintages of Château Mouton Rothschild going back to 1947; 17 vintages of Château Lafite from 1999 to 1918; 10 vintages of Château Margaux - the oldest being 1928; and 15 vintages of Château Haut Brion from 2000 to 1921. The wines have been kept in the cellar since the day of purchase. They are all in perfect condition, with intact labels and a high level of ullage on the older vintages. The tasting – now in its third year – was followed by a 6-course dinner at Chat Botté.


Written by Decanter