Paris wine bar


O Château / Wine Tasting and Wine Bar/ 68 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau 75001 Paris

O Château will open the doors of its new wine tasting, wine bar, and restaurant in the 1st arrondissement of Paris on Friday, 11 February 2011.

Since 2004, under the guidance of sommelier Olivier Magny, O Château has become a leading destination for private wine tastings and classes for Paris visitors and corporate clients.

The 3000 square ft space, designed by Hickey Shields Design, is housed within a 17th century hôtel particulier originally built for Madame de Pompadour. Two floors were completely renovated and redesigned in Hickey Shields’ eclectic style, taking special care to preserve and highlight the architectural elements that retain the spirit and history of the landmarked building.

The space is much more than a wine bar, and will feature private tastings, classes, special events as well as the bar featuring a thorough selection of French wines and a traditional menu. The different spaces are each multi-functional and include; the bar, an open kitchen, a private “vinothèque”, a lounge, a boutique/ wine store, and a cave/tasting room.

The bar is unique to Paris, both in form and in function. Inspired by classic hotel bars, the long, rounded bar was designed for a maximum of conviviality and exchange around the selection of over 250 French wine references and 32 Grands Crus served by the glass. The majority of seating is around the custom, Scandinavian green granite topped bar, allowing guests to mingle and interact comfortably.

A wine inspired color palette of gently muted burgundy and deep green blends subtly with the rich, wide plank hardwood floors, fine leather armchairs, custom leather barstools, and custom designed cocktail tables with stone inlay, all beneath stunning antique rosewood and brass chandeliers.

The vinothèque was designed in a distinctly anglo-saxon style, like a private library or a gentleman’s club. Custom built, floor to ceiling book cases on all four walls provide an elegant wine display and surround a high table fitted with high leather club chairs for private tastings and intimate gatherings.

The lower level features a lounge, a boutique/wine shop, and a large wine cellar-tasting room. The lounge is designed with relaxed, comfortable club seating, a luxurious leather banquette originally from the Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen, custom leather topped tables, and a vintage Bohemian coupe motif Fornasetti wallpaper. The boutique/wine store leads into the large tasting room in the original arched ceiling stone “Cave” dating to the 17th century. The stonework was carefully restored, and married with a daring, green octagonal tile floor with inset lighting. A custom built, trapezoidal tasting table with iconic mid century school chairs, each hand covered in fine top stitched leather, allows for tastings with up to 28 guests.

Throughout the space, Hickey Shields has employed a subtle mix of materials, fine leathers, elegant wall coverings, custom designed and modern pieces, classic club/study elements and carefully selected antiques. The daring touches of color and Fornasetti graphics add a contemporary backdrop to the classic furniture selection.

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