The Wine Cellar at  Grand Monarque Chartres

 Jean Carmet Wine Cellar

The BEST WESTERN Hôtel Grand Monarque’s wine cellar holds unsuspected treasures, an important collection of crus and vintages from the Loire and famous French viticultural regions.

Completed by the Jallerat family and the Chef Sommelier, the Grand Monarque’s cellar is an ode to wine and the men who make it. Small and larger wine growers, confidential estates and prestigious ones mingle in the wine racks in the vaulted stone cellar. In one century, some 2000 references have been collected and stored carefully in the GGrand Monarque’s cellars, a true institution in Chartres.

Naturally, the Loire wines are particularly represented.  However, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley enrich the list, as well as Vendée and Auvergne regional wines, etc. On average, 80 % of the wines are purchased directly from the winemakers.

Chef Sommelier

Nicolas Duclos is the Chef Sommelier at the Grand Monarque since 2006. Originally from Chartres, he travels tirelessly through French wine-growing estates so as to increase the number of bottles of the Grand Monarque.

Having close ties with the wine-growers, the young man is particularly aware of trends and of the quality of the wines he selects and offers on the restaurant’s wine list.

Passionate and exciting, he also hosts tasting sessions amongst the stone walls of the Grand Monarque’s cellar.  In small groups, the sessions are held around a theme such as rosé, food & wine pairings… or with a local wine-grower.

It is also the Chef Sommelier that provides advice to clients at Le Georges restaurant, always aiming to perfectly pair the dishes and wines.

Surrounding wine

The Grand Monarque does not hesitate to have clients and wine-growers meet during tasting evenings, as much educational as delicious. Wine Dinners and other oenological sessions give rhythm to the daily activities of the hotel-restaurant.

It should be said that the Jallerat, owning family of the BEST WESTERN Hôtel Grand Monarque for almost half a century, is particularly attached to the local wine growing tradition. Thus, Georges Jallerat re-launched in 1982 the traditional « Paulée », an annual event showcasing Loire wines.  In spring, amateurs and specialists meet during a big popular market in Chartres followed by tastings downtown. These tastings bring together big names of the vine and the world of gastronomy.

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