The King Is Dead. Long Live The Herons!

La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris[Photo by David Queen/Wikipedia]The statistics are staggering for the wine auction at La Tour d’Argent, the venerable Left Bank restaurant with a 27-room wine cellar [left; photo by David Queen/Wikipedia]. The auction fetched more than a million euros, according to AFP. A bottle of Vieux Cognac Le Clos Griffier  sold for €25,000, according to the Globe and Mail. The cognac was dated 1788, only five years before Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lost their heads. When La Tour d’Argent opened in 1582, according to NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley, Henry III would stop there after a royal hunt for some heron pâté. For the birds’ sake, let’s hope that feasting on their chopped liver was jettisoned long ago with the monarchy.

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