5 Reasons to Visit Lalique’s Opulent New Château in Bordeaux
Lalique recently opened Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, a hotel and restaurant in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux that is befitting of the crystal house’s history and prestige. Not one to rest on its brand’s laurels, the property raises the stakes by putting up some impressive numbers.
2,500 bottles on the wine list at the restaurant. Head sommelier Adrien Cascio created the wine list along with Romain Iltis of Villa René Lalique. Executive chef Jerome Schilling finds inspiration for his dishes in the fine wines from the château’s collection.
3,000 Lalique pieces in the hotel and restaurant. Lalique’s exquisitely crafted crystal pieces make up much of the hotel and restaurant’s design, including lighting, decorative table pieces, chairs, and more. One notable piece is a replica of a pair of salt and pepper shakers from a collaboration between René Lalique and Peugeot from 1924.
13 rooms designed by Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli. The interior designers decorated the trio of suites and ten rooms with custom-made furnishings. Green and Mingarelli are also responsible for Lalique’s Maison collection of Art Deco–inspired furniture and home accessories.
1 Damien Hirst crystal artwork in the chapel. Hirst worked with Lalique to create his crystal cross artwork titled Eternal Belief to “depict life and faith.” The chapel also features a custom red-and-black marble altar designed by Mingarelli and stained-glass windows with Lalique’s Merle et Raisins (Blackbird and Grapes) motif.
1893: Year of oldest vintage in the cellar. Below the château are underground cellars that contain 350,000 bottles of red and white wine. Visitors can come for tastings or to view the collection, as well as purchase bottles from the château’s boutique.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2018 Fall Issue in the section called The Artful Life. Subscribe to the magazine.