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La Tour d'Argent

World famous restaurant (dt Silver Tower) in Paris on the left bank of the Seine near the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. Supposedly it was founded in 1582 by a cook named Rourteau. The top-floor dining room overlooks Paris and the Seine. Famous early regulars included the three French kings Henry III. (1551-1589), Henry IV (1553-1610) and Louis XIV. (1638-1715), as well as cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) and the noble writer Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné (1626-1696). The restaurant is famous for its duck dishes. The recipe for the "Canard Tour d'Argent" was conceived in 1890 by the then owner of the restaurant, Frédéric Delair. From the breeding of the ducks, their slaughter over the preparation to the serving of every detail of the court great care is given. Thus, the duck is strangled and thus not bled and is therefore particularly juicy. The sauce is prepared with the help of a duck press at the table of duck carcass and liver.

Restaurant La Tour d'Argent in Paris - Entrance to the restaurant and wine list

When the German occupiers invaded the open city of Paris on June 12, 1940, Claude Terrail, the son of the then owner André Terrail, with a great deal of foresight, organized a rescue operation in six hours. At the time, 100,000 wines were stored in the cellar of the restaurant. The 20,000 most valuable bottles were walled up in a niche. Among them were many of the 19th century, especially of the famous Châteaux Bordeaux Classification 1855, Soon after, a personal representative of Hermann Göring came to the restaurant to confiscate old wines, because it was known to the Germans, which was hidden here for treasures. The best wines were saved, but 80,000 bottles were robbed.

Today the wine cellar contains about 450,000 bottles, which are divided into 15,000 references. In the years 1933 to 1952 and from 1953 to 1996 La Tour d'Argent had three stars in the restaurant guide Michelin Guide, since 2006, it has only one. The right picture shows the extensive wine list,

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