Locals and tourists alike are well acquainted with Paris’ Catacombs. But there is something sitting beneath Place Denfert-Rochereau besides the famed bones of the departed.
Audric de Campeau, beekeeper extraordinaire, is likely best known for his coveted Miel de Paris. One of the world’s most expensive honeys, Audric cultivates the sweet treat from his hives around Paris, many located atop of some of city’s the most famous buildings (think the Musée d’Orsay).
However, Audric recently announced his newest venture, which found him trading rooftops for subterranean tunnels. He has been creating his Hydromel de Paris, or mead – a mythical alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with drinking water, yeast, and minerals – in a section of The Catacombs inaccessible to the public. Drawing from winemaking knowledge garnered as a teenager, Audric held on to the idea of small-batch production with his hydromel, slowly aging the drink in oak barrels.
Hydromel de Paris can be enjoyed like a Sauternes, pairing perfectly with favorites like foie gras, an aged comté, or a dessert. And if you’re eager to pick up a bottle to impress your next dinner guests, L’Hydromel de Paris can be purchased at La Grande Epicerie.
- Scientists in Sweden believe mead could be the next great medicine, thanks to its key ingredient: honey.
- If you’re heading to La Grande Epicerie to pick up a bottle of Hydromel de Paris, check out our round-up of favorite lunch spots in the area.
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Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Briag Courteaux. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in.
L’Hydromel de Paris: A Catacombs-Fermented Cult Beverage in the Making
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2 comments on “L’Hydromel de Paris: A Catacombs-Fermented Cult Beverage in the Making”
Un lieu complétement insolite. j’adore !
What a story, from the heights of Paris buildings to the depths of the catacombs comes a mead made from honey….. sounds delicious.