Michel-Jack Chasseuil has an obsession.
For the last 50 years, he has been curating his own private sanctuary of wine — amassing over 40,000 bottles in a subterranean cave.
The collection can be found a few feet underground in western France’s La Chapelle-Bâton, through a long tunnel with armoured doors. The cave is kept at a measured 80% humidity, at a temperature between 10 to 15 degrees celsius.
After visiting the collection, the Prince of Monaco called it one of the seven wonders of the world.
However, Chasseuil prefers to call it the “Louvre of Wine” — and he hopes to one day open it to the public.
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Step into one of the largest collections of fine wines in the world, housed a few feet underground in a subterranean cave in western France’s La Chapelle-Bâton.
Built by Michel-Jack Chasseuil in 1999, it’s accessed via a long corridor and several armoured doors and gates. He keeps the key in a chest in the bank, which he key collects once a month to check stock and store new wines.
There’s good reason for such security — in 2014, armed thugs broke the then-72-year-old’s fingers and held him at gunpoint.
“There were six of them and they kept asking: ‘Where is the safe? Where is the safe?,'” Chasseuil told France Bleu radio station. “I said I didn’t have the key. It’s at the bank.”