dimanche 23 août 2015

Moldova: A Loan of F.M.I. guaranteed by wine.

 
Cricova, The cave of Ali Baba in Europe and the Nazis  thieves.

        
The Moldovan Cricova underground city is home to 39 kilometers of wine cellars. It is the world's largest wine cellar. It houses thousands of exceptional wines, a legacy of the personal collection of Hermann Goering (1893-1946), the Reichsmarschall who committed suicide on October 15, 1946 in prison to escape hanging after being sentenced to death at Nuremberg.

 
Second politician after Adolf Hitler, he was "Commander in Chief of the War Aviation (Luftwaffe), Air Minister, Prime Minister of Prussia, President of the Reichstag and curator of forests". All his titles gave him the right to take for him, all that was suitable for her stomach and his throat in the countries conquered by Nazi Germany.
        
Thus he has appropriated the great wines in the French caves and countries occupied by Nazi Germany. These rare and valuable wines from around the world.

Goering, the Nazi obese and sensualist.

        
Hermann Goering, Nazi Marshal ogre Minister, was mostly a tireless raider European museums. This cynical hedonist 127 kilos was an amateur end of wines. Addict and megalomaniac, he accumulated his loot to furnish his palace. And among the countless treasures of artistic roundups - who knows? - Wine occupied a prominent place.
        
The former minister Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht (1877-1970) paints a striking portrait, read the Nuremberg tribunal: "I described Hitler as an amoral character, but I can not consider that Goering as an immoral and criminal Gifted. a certain natural good nature he was able to use to make himself popular, was the most egocentric person that one could imagine. Political power was for him a means of personal enrichment and have a nice life. The success of others filled him with envy. His greed knew no bounds. His predilection for precious stones, gold, jewelry, was unimaginable "...  But also, the portrait did not evoke a strong amateur Bordeaux Château Lafite Rothschild!
By June 1940, when the Germans entered Paris, the henchmen of Marshal Hermann Goering are snapping up 80,000 bottles of the restaurant "La Tour d'Argent". The Nazis and discover the names and brands of prestigious wines. The wine looting begins.
        
Three of his trusted men inspect the French vineyards. They confiscated everything cellars count of prestigious wines. Soon, entire trains to Berlin taking countless crates on which label was asked: "wine reserved for the Wehrmacht."
         But in the hour of defeat, after 1945, the precious bottles were not returned to their original cellars. The troops from the east have shared these treasures. Part of this collection has returned to Cricova, the rest were dispersed between the different Soviet republics especially Crimea. Cricova therefore inherited almost 5,000 exceptional bottles, stored in the limestone quarry of the fifteenth century to the ideal climatic conditions. And the collection really took off in 1954.
        
Cricova cellars are home to a remarkable collection of wines. The wine bar includes 1.3 million bottles, including unique items, such as wine "Ierusalim of Pasti" ("Easter Jerusalem"), the liquor "Ian Beher" (harvest of the year 1902), the alongside 158 other appellations of Burgundy, Moselle, Tokaji, Rhein, etc., which are the treasure of the factory, as the Republic of Moldova.
 
Ideal storage conditions.

        
In this underground city, 80 meters deep, where the temperature rarely exceeds 12 ° C, air humidity 90%. Thirty million liters of wine in this underground city (partially displacing them by car) whose name the narrow streets to the appropriate names: Cabernet Street, Chardonnay Street, Cabernet Street, not to mention the best Moldovan varieties: Feteasca Street Street Rkasiteli ...

A loan from the International Monetary Fund guaranteed by the precious loot.

        
Mathieu Sarfati, director, remembers his visit: "The place is guarded like a fortress, a real building official must submit his papers several times and then enters the dream contemplating the countless prestigious labels with exceptional dates.. .. Mouton Rothschild 1916, Château Latour 1932, etc. For the most fragile bottles, they change the caps every two weeks The IMF came to Cricova At the sight of this collection, he agreed to lend money the Moldovan state. The cave served as a pledge! "

Tasting Tours for "Large" and for lovers of great wines.

         120 Km of barrels and bottles at the heart of an underground intimate, sweaty and sometimes mysterious. Impossible to circumvent this underground city, which contains 30 million liters of wine. We are content to settle into a room of 5 tasting rooms, "Presidential" capable of hosting 50 people, the "Petite" with fire, for six people. Amidst the wineries are located richly decorated banquet rooms that undertakes simple snacks to more complex and complete meals with wine tastings and banquets accompanied souvenirs.
        
The tour costs about 14 euros. Count double for a tasting. Reservations, the tour is provided in foreign languages, including French, because Moldova is a member state of the Francophonie.

From Yuri Gagarin (1966) to Vladmir Putin (2002) and Angela Merkel via John Kerry!


        
In the days of the U.S.S.R., most of the wines served at receptions came from Moldova. And celebrities marched, ensuring a solid reputation in Cricova.
        
Vladimir Putin, who celebrated his 50th birthday on site, John Kerry and Angela Merkel have their reserves - Gift of the Moldovan state - but the person who has the most lasting impression is undoubtedly the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, during ' a visit in 1966.
Pride of Moldovans, visiting Cricova the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Under the portrait of the russian cosmonaut, a dedication to hand trembling after two days of in-depth visit to the cellars ... two years before his death in 1968.
        
Proudly displayed the portrait and stammers cosmonaut where it says. "I feel great gratitude for those who made this wine and I encourage them to continue That someday they lack land for their vineyards and I shall bring them into the Moon. "
Charming.
        
Except that Gagarin was never on the moon! The cosmonaut was then the first man to have gone into space (1961), which is already not so bad. The story does not say what believed Gagarin was able to land on the moon enjoy early.
        
Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe located between Romania and Ukraine, encompassing historical regions of Bessarabia and Podolia or southern Transnistria. Its territory covers an area of ​​33,843 km2 occupied by 3,656,843 inhabitants (2012). Independent of U.R.S.S. since August 27, 1991, it is chaired since 23 March 2012 (born in 1967) by Nicolae Timofti (born in 1948) and Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet (born 1970).

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