Fans of La Réserve will be thrilled to learn about a new property from hotelier Michel Reybier in the vineyards of Bordeaux’s Médoc region. La Maison d’Estournel officially launched this month, occupying the former home of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, the ambitious founder of the Cos d’Estournel vineyard in the 19th century. (His widespread commercial success earned him the nickname “Maharajah” in India, where he exported wines. He later built Chinese pagodas as his cellars, enhanced with an elaborate 17th century door from Zanzibar, adding to the exotic image of Cos.) Located next to Château Lafite-Rothschild, the Chateau Cos d'Estournel is owned by Michel Reybier and produces a grand vin in the Saint-Estèphe appellation.
London-based architect Alex Michaelis, also behind Soho House, was recruited to design the 14 guestrooms at La Maison d’Estournel. Like La Reserve in Paris, the ambiance is like an elegant private residence—complete with a library, vegetable garden and kitchen pantry where guests are encouraged to help themselves. The rooms are spread across two floors and have views over the five-acre estate. You’ll find oak floors, freestanding bath tubs, and velvet-upholstered furniture in burgundy and dark green. Activities include wine tastings, golf, fishing, and bike excursions through the vineyards, with wicker picnic baskets provided by the hotel.
Nearby is located Michel Reybier’s private family home, La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel, available exclusively for buyouts. In other news, a La Réserve hotel recently opened in Zurich, taking over the legendary Eden au Lac.