One of Europe’s great heritage brands, LALIQUE is to open a new hotel and gourmet restaurant at Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey on the 400th anniversary of the estate. Situated in the heart of the Sauternes region, home to the greatest concentration of first-growth terroirs (Premiers Grands Crus Classés).
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey joins the other two Lalique hotels; the five star hotel and restaurant Villa René Lalique which opened in 2015 awarded two Michelin stars three months after opening (part of the Relais& Chateaux collection) and Chateau Hochberg which opened in 2016, both situated in Alsace close to the Lalique factory and museum.
Mario Botta, the renowned Swiss architect advised on the alterations and improvements to the Chateau and is currently working on a spa project planned for 2020.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique said: “I am delighted at the opening of this Hotel and Restaurant Lalique in the greatest first growth terroir. I want to make staying at our hotels a truly memorable experience, sharing our unique heritage and evoking the emotions created by a Premier Cru Classé .”
Decoration of the rooms – thirteen in total, three of which are suites – was entrusted to designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli who created the Lalique Maison collection of furniture and accessories. Lalique crystal sits alongside unpolished oak preserving the soul of the historic building. The rooms are structured with original wooden alcoves, punctuated with touches of earthy colour – reds, ochres and greens that complement the terroir. The lounge is warm and welcoming with a vast fireplace and doors leading to a large stone courtyard and a magnificent Lalique bar. A sumptuous library in the centre of the second floor is home to a large collection of books and Lalique works.
The restaurant has been redesigned on the advice of Mario Botta to house an impressive glass structure overlooking the vineyards. Jerome Schilling, the former executive chef at two Michelin star Villa Rene Lalique, has taken charge of the restaurant with a talented team of ten. Head sommelier, Adrien Cascio has created an ambitious wine list with more than 2,500 wines ranging from new contenders to classics, mainly from Bordeaux.
The chapel is at the heart of the Chateau and has been decorated with Lalique’s most beautiful historic and contemporary works including windows decorated with the ‘Merle et Raisins’ motif by René Lalique and the crystal work of ‘Eternal Belief’ by Damien Hirst.
There are four underground cellars at the property – home to a collection of vintages going back as far as 1893, more than 350,000 bottles for guests to admire and share. Sauternes takes pride of place and the cellar is a showcase for Sauternes Crus Classes in a thousand different colours. Yquem 1895 is the oldest in the cellar although Sauternes can be enjoyed from a very early stage.
The Chateau will open its doors visitors to enjoy tours and tastings every day from 10am to 6pm with a wine boutique that offers a selection of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s top wine from 1985 to 2015 as well as various other selections from the Vignobles Silvio Denz range.
Rooms from start from €250 per night. To book or for moe information visit, www.lafauriepeyragueylalique.com