Lalique, the renowned French crystal brand, made headlines when opening a five-star hotel in Alsace a few years ago. Called Villa René Lalique, this Relais & Châteaux hotel is home to a gourmet restaurant with two Michelin stars. Now Lalique is expanding its hospitality imprint with a new project in the prized Sauternes wine region, situated south of Bordeaux and world famous for its sweet wines.
The Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, whose wines are classified as Premiers Crus Classés, was purchased in 2014 by Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique and owner of five vineyards in the Bordeaux region, including Château Faugères, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé.
With vineyards abutting the legendary Château d’Yquem, the Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a long history: Its building is a recognized historic monument dating to the 13th century. Now this chateau will get a new lease on life as a boutique luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant. Slated to open on June 23, 2018 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, the hotel was decorated by interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, also behind the Lalique Maison collection and the Villa René Lalique project. The style is “country chic,” inspired by the surrounding Sauternes landscapes. Bien sur, there are Lalique crystals in the decor.
The Chateau will have 10 rooms and three suites, a wine cellar stocked with 350,000 bottles and a gastronomic restaurant overseen by Chef Jérôme Schilling, the former executive chef at Villa René Lalique. A native of Alsace, Schilling honed his skills in the kitchens of some of France’s best chefs (Joël Robuchon, Roger Verger, Thierry Marx). The hotel is managed by Christophe Noulibos.