A state-of-the-art wine cellar has been built at Longueville Manor in Jersey. It is the first time in the Manor’s history that it has had such a facility. The cellar is the first of its kind for any Jersey hotel or restaurant and one of very few throughout the UK.
After securing deals on two important private collections, the cellar now boasts over 4000 bottles, including a number of extremely rare varieties. A number of the highest value bottles could be expected to raise over £3,000 at auction.
The owners of Longueville Manor, Malcolm and Patricia Lewis, have invested over three quarters of a million pounds in their latest stage of refurbishment. This includes the bespoke wine cellar, contemporary laundry facilities and a new pastry kitchen.
The cellar’s racking systems were crafted by Sorrells Custom Wine Cellars, one of the UK’s most prestigious wine storage experts. Previous clients of Sorrells include The Ritz, Galvin La Chapelle and The Dorchester. Their design at Longueville Manor has delivered optimum storage conditions to perfectly care for the wine, inclusive of insulation, lighting and temperature control systems. The seven-month build has been meticulously managed by Malcolm Lewis from concept to completion and local wine merchants Love Wine have, as local agent for Sorrels, assisted at every stage.
The exceptional wine collection now offers huge temptation to oenophiles. Of special mention is a collection of Le Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Ramonet, including vintages from 1986 to 2010. The Magnums and bottles of Musigny Grand Cru from the famous Comte Georges De Vogue 2001 are also much sought after. Alongside, guests will see an array of Jeroboams and Double Magnums including a Jeroboam of 1988 Bollinger R.D Champagne and a Double Magnum of 1953 Chateau Gruaud-Larose.
Wine tasting will now be at the heart of a memorable dining experience at Longueville Manor. Tasting packages have been designed by the Manor’s Managing Director, Pedro Bento. The cellar can now hold wine tasting events for up to 40 people.
Malcolm Lewis, Proprietor, Longueville Manor, says:
‘I am so proud to launch the Longueville Manor Wine Cellar. I believe it stands out as one of the top wine cellars in the UK as both a working cellar and a collection of interest. It’s so unique and we honestly have to pinch ourselves to believe it’s now a reality.
‘Fine dining and fine wine are synonymous, so this exceptional facility is ideal for our clientele many of whom are collectors themselves. We are enjoying giving tours and discussing the rare wines, Champagnes and Ports. It’s an excellent addition to our property and we are delighted to share it with our guests.’
Tim Lewis, Sales and Operations Director, Sorrells, says:
‘Malcolm Lewis had a passion and clear vision for the project from the outset and we used our expertise to enhance his ideas. We incorporated a display cabinet, a wine tasting table with corks set under glass and state of the art display racking. We used redwood with a dark finish and installed LED lighting throughout. The room is temperature controlled by one of our bespoke mechanical systems and sealed with a bespoke hardwood ash door with a glass viewing panel. Longueville Manor is a highly prestigious hotel and now the wine cellar and tasting area will be the envy of every major hotel around the world.’