While we are the middle of our 2017 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign, we invite you to discover some of Bordeaux’s most amazing cellars and properties.
Château Cheval Blanc – Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in June 2011, the cellar features two enormous waves of white concrete that rises magnificently out of the ground. There is a garden of wild grasses atop this artificial hill, whose gracious curves are overlooked by the château. The wine cellar lets in natural light and has a pure, simple and timeless design.
Unique in its conception and built to near-perfection, Château Talbot’s new cellar, designed by Bordeaux architects Nairac and Vacheyrout, is certainly one of the most original. Finished in 2012, the cellar will surely earn itself a place among the greatest examples of wine architecture in Bordeaux because of its scale and design.
Château la Gaffelière – Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B
Entirely renovated in 2013, the vat room is home to 20 temperature-controlled tanks made of purple stainless steel and shaped like an upside down truncated cones. This new space is dedicated to vinification and while it is aesthetically beautiful, it is a high tech, innovative, and practical. However, its architecture remains traditional through its stone walls and wood frame.
Renovated in 2014, Château Angélus asked the architect Jean-Pierre Errath and the company BPM Architectes to renovate the domaine’s famous wine cellar. The main goal was to respect the heritage of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, which is UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Château Beychevelle – Saint-Julien – Fourth Growth
Château Beychevelle has acquired a new image, but has remained true to its maritime identity. Visitors can now explore the cellar and the history of this grand cru wine amid a stylishly transparent architectural setting designed by Arnaud Boulain. Wooden masts, metal waves and large glass walls – everything here has been designed to represent the waves on which the Amiral d’Epernon’s boat sailed… the same boat which appears on the Château’s labels.
Château Lafite Rothschild – Pauillac – First Growth
Château Lafite’s circular cellar room was constructed under the supervision of the architect Ricardo Bofill and inaugurated in 1987. Intended for the ageing of wines in their second year, it is characterised by its unusual octagonal shape and an arch supported by 16 columns. It can accommodate up to 2,200 barrels.
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion – Pessac-Léognan
Château les Carmes Haut-Brion was bought in 2010 by Patrice Pichet, with the aim of making this unique 10ha property a jewel in the heart of the city of Bordeaux. M. Pichet is a great lover of wine as well as design and architecture. That’s why he naturally called on two outstanding names – the famous creator Philippe Starck and the architect Luc Arsène-Henry.
They have been entrusted with the design and implementation of an architectural building which include a new vat house, a barrel cellar and reception rooms. The construction, which started in January 2014, was completed for the 2015 harvest so that the vintage could benefit fully from the new facilities.
Château Pédesclaux – Pauillac – Fifth Growth
In 2015, Chateau Pédesclaux finished a complete renovation and modernisation of the château and the entire winemaking facilities using the famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and the company BPM Architectes. The new Pédesclaux château was uniquely redesigned to maintain its original look by building massive glass walls surrounding the entire, original, classically designed building.
Château La Conseillante – Pomerol
The vat cellar was designed by Bernard Mazières whose savoir-faire in winery creations is well known. The style of the new cellar, which was used for the first time for the 2012 vintage, was inspired by the traditional right bank vat cellar, combining simplicity and sobriety and the use of noble materials, such as stone, timber and brushed metal.
Château la Dominique – Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Red and shiny, the new cellar of Château La Dominique was designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel. This modern project, as simple as it is daring, hosts the new fermenting room of the wine estate which recently increased from 25 to 30 hectares. The work was completed in March 2014 and it greatly transformed the appearance of the property.