In Deepest Provence

An 18th-century stone barn keeps Peter Thustrup's trophy wines in ideal condition
Mar 31, 2014

In 2007, after 29 years as a pioneer in the world of collectible wines, Peter Thustrup sold his Paris-based dealership, Vins Rares Peter Thustrup. The terms of the deal required Thustrup, 61, to part with his name, contacts and a collection of old and rare wines worth approximately $5 million. The Sweden-born merchant also promised to refrain from selling rare wine for the four years stipulated in his noncompete agreement. What followed was perhaps the ultimate busman's holiday: He built a 10,000-bottle collection for his personal pleasure, which he now stores in a converted stone barn next to his home in Aix-en-Provence. Wine Spectator's Sophie Menin explains.

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