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Founded by Edmond de Ayala in 1860, Champagne AYALA is one of the oldest Champagne Houses, established in Aÿ, in the heart of the Grands Crus, since its founding more than 150 years ago. Independent and family, it represents today the archetype of the great House, producing wines of high flight, appreciated by the world for their freshness and elegance.
Champagne AYALA has always belonged to independent family structures and on a human scale. After the Second World War, the House experienced a calm period of its history, its leaders then occupying important roles within the interprofession champenoise. In 2005, the Bollinger family bought the beautiful property on hearing good revival : a period of renewal began for Champagne AYALA, with a complete overhaul of production tools and the arrival of new teams. Today, the House employs around fifteen people, retaining the family spirit of its origins.
All stages of the wine making process are conducted permanently : from winemaking to bottle shipping, including aging, stirring, disgorging, dressing and packaging. The 2 kilometers of cellars shelter nearly 2.5 million bottles, which age slowly in the secular vaults, dug out of the chalky hillsides of Aÿ.
Champagne AYALA produces wines appreciated for their precision, delicacy, airiness and style based on freshness and elegance. Balanced joints with a good share of Chardonnay, vinification conducted only in small stainless steel vats and low dosages : all of which define the unique personality of the emblematic cuvées of the House.
Rooted in the exception since 1724, Maison Rémy Martin produces its cognacs in the highest standards of quality.
From its winemaker and family origins, the House knows the values of time, patience, rarity and excellence. These values were retranscribed during the creation of the various visits and receptions proposed.
Remy Martin invites you to discover its domains: copper stills, silence of the cellars, eaux-de-vie exclusively from Petite and Grande Champagne, introduction to tasting.
Maison Rémy Martin produces cognacs with eaux-de-vie exclusively from Grande and Petite Champagne. These are the most prestigious wines because the chalk of the subsoil is soft and the clay rare; the eaux-de-vie are round and fine. These cognacs bear the name “Cognac Fine Champagne”
Cheval Blanc St-Tropez
Nestled in the centuries-old pine forest which serves as a haven for horses, Cheval Blanc St-Tropez is a haven of serenity in the Mediterranean, ideal for breakaways in the heart of the mythical village or a relaxing stopover feet in the sand of the beach House. Inspired by the colors of the surrounding landscape, the spirit of the House is reflected by the contemporary touches of Jean-Michel Wilmotte, for a true blue getaway in the heart of Provence.
The Vague d’Or, a gourmet restaurant awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Guide and 5 toques at Gault & Millau, showcases chef Arnaud Donckele’s creativity every evening.
Le Grand Restaurant
Lovers of French gastronomy, Chef Piège accompanies the latter towards its future by developing a contemporary approach to the cuisine and the restaurant.
It could be obvious, but Jean-François Piège cooks. Far from disguising the ingredient, the Chef transforms and reveals what the producer offers him. A respect for the act of cooking that comes naturally, and this is one of his other signatures, a flawless requirement in the selection of products. From a passion for cooking too. In any case, there are incredible transmutation potentials constantly explored by Jean-François Piège, for whom cooking means controlling the flame or the temperature.
A warm approach that we find in this imperious desire to please, to welcome, to be hospitable in every way. This generosity is embodied in the gourmet aspect of Chef Piège’s cuisine, in these subtleties – the cooking of celery root on wild sweet clover or the delicate caramelization of a rib of beef – which make a unique bite. A sum of details, actions and personal touches that lead to the unique cuisine of Jean-François Piège and some of his iconic dishes among which, the sweet-egg white-eating, the Mijotés Modernes (these ingredients cooked on other ingredients) or puffed pizza dough.
Opened in 2015 in the heart of the Parisian Golden Triangle, the Grand Restaurant is an author’s table, a laboratory of gastronomic thoughts and creation. Jean-François Piège affirms here his convictions, those inspired by a French gastronomy, proud of its values and heritage, looking ahead of it more than in the rearview mirror. The singularity, that of creating as one hears “his” great French restaurant, is then the concern of every moment. Cooking methods such as Modern Stew, such as lobster simmered on shells or grilled veal sweetbreads on walnut shells, the creativity of the caviar-flavored apple and the design of a specially designed podium for cheese is an experience that one lives at the Grand Restaurant. An emotion that seizes upon entry and this door of metallic lace also showing a map of Paris, the intellectual and intangible terroir of the Chef. We then enter the kitchen, as if we entered the house of the cook, before settling in this small room – 10 tables – with strong identity (made in collaboration with Gulla Jonsdottir). Made from noble materials and raw wood and concrete, and of course, this canopy with geometric lines, between art deco inspiration and terrible modernity, it illustrates the cuisine of Jean-François Piège, distinguished for Le Grand Restaurant, by two stars in the Michelin Guide in 2016.
This year, the Maison Pic celebrates its 130th birthday. More than a century of gastronomy embodied by the 4 generations of cooks: Sophie, the great grandmother, André, the grandfather, Jacques the father and today Anne-Sophie. A cuisine that has reinvented itself but has retained its trademark : the alliance of flavors and the pleasure of sharing.
Discover during a hotel and restaurant stay a universe where tradition and modernity coexist, references to past and present, femininity and masculinity, elegance and sobriety. Elegance is expressed here in the purity and choice of materials of excellence, leather, rosewood, silver leaf screens, silk carpets. Protected from the outside world, come and enjoy an enchanted parenthesis.
To discover the culinary universe of Anne Sophie Pic, we offer tastings in one of the restaurants of your choice. An introduction to starred tables around a menu that reflects its culinary signature: a demanding and audacious cuisine that reconciles balance & aromatic complexity, assertive flavors & delicacy. A unique taste experience magnified by the food and wine pairings of their sommeliers.
La Cité du Chocolat Valrhona
Selected by the most prestigious professionals of the gastronomy, Valrhona is today the reference mark of the greatest Chefs, Pastry chefs and Craftsmen of the whole world. A demand for excellence that guides Valrhona in the creation of its chocolates and its innovations for professionals and gourmet consumers. True to its commitment to “offer the best to create the best,” Valrhona is committed to reinventing the world of chocolate to advance global gastronomy.
With the City of Chocolate, Valrhona affirms its vocation to make known the know-how of the gastronomy and to feast all the public. Forget everything you know about chocolate !! Prepare your 5 senses for a unique journey in the heart of taste and know-how, from a cocoa plantation to the workshop of the greatest chefs. The Cité du Chocolat Valrhona is a unique 2,000 m² site that allows you to share an exceptional, gourmet and unifying experience.
Hôtel & Restaurant LALIQUE / Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Nestled on the heights of the mythical terroirs of Sauternes, the Hotel & Restaurant LALIQUE is a must-see stopover in the Bordeaux region. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey invites visitors since June 2018 to a moment of harmony between wine, art, gastronomy and hospitality.
Blending the Lalique style with Sauternes soils, the 10 rooms and 3 suites at this 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel offer a break from serenity in the heart of the historic Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey vineyard, Premier Grand Cru Classé.
Haven of peace for guests in search of discretion, everything is joined in terms of art and meaning for the same purpose: emotion. The decoration was orchestrated by interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, creators of the Lalique Maison furniture and accessories collection. A subtle exercise in style, the rooms and suites combine the materials of the time with contemporary details. On two floors, each room and suite has its own typicality. In duplex, the Bacchantes suite offers among others unique views overlooking the hilly landscape of the appellation and the historical vineyard plot.
Adorned with one hundred and twenty Champs-Elysees in lustrous gold crystal on the ceiling, the restaurant accommodates 40 covers, 15 of which under a glass roof facing the Enclos, historical plot of the castle, giving the impression of sitting in the vineyards. With its crystal and porcelain decorations, the art of the table is an ode to Lalique’s savoir-faire in partnership with large partner Maisons: Fürstenberg porcelain plates, Christofle napkin rings inlaid with crystal pieces Grapes … refinement is the key word !
In the kitchen, Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Schilling and his team offer a specific and unusual cuisine inspired by the specificities of each vintage and rigorously selected products. In January 2019, the restaurant received a Michelin star, thus offering a first Michelin star restaurant in Sauternes. In search of the new and in the skill of the know-how, the chef puts the viticultural technique at the service of his creations. This synergy in the gastronomic experience is expressed for example with a tartar of Bazas beef, Comté moss and infusion with Sauternes with truffle from Sainte Croix du Mont. The LALIQUE table at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is also worth a visit for its impressive wine list of 2600 references, selected by Chef Sommelier Adrien Cascio. The three historic cellars bring together more than 22,000 bottles from the world’s finest vintages, as well as a selection of more accessible nuggets.
Philipponnat is a French champagne house with deep historical family roots, established in Champagne since 1522 and historically located in Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay.
At Philipponnat, the inheritance has been transmitted over the centuries : a line of men and women still today custodian of a secular philosophy. Each one carefully transmits the know-how he inherited from his predecessors. The spirit is always family and the teams work on the development of the wines in the respect of the values of the House : with singularity, excellence, generosity and simplicity.
The 20 hectares of vineyards owned by the House are located in Premieres and Grands Crus. These centuries-old terroirs, so precious and fragile, Philipponnat preserves them by working its soil naturally, by weeding by hand and plowing with draft horses. The House is committed to renovating its traditions to find the best : Philipponnat loves to persevere and meet the challenges to continually improve the quality of wines.
The House is built around its particular style producing champagnes possessing a vinosity and a rare elegance around a grape variety of choice that marks its signature: Pinot Noir.
The celebrity of the house is also explained by its flagship cuvée, featuring grapes from the oldest and famous closed in the region, the steepest (45 °), Philipponnat creates a wine of exceptional power in Champagne. With its 5.5 hectares surrounded by walls, the Clos des Goisses occupies the best hillside of Mareuil-sur-Ay. Property of the House for almost a century, it is a remarkable vineyard : perfectly exposed south, it is unique and recognizable by all its extreme inclination. More than a vintage of prestige, it is the wine of an absolutely unique terroir.
La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez
To make the heart of an old Bordeaux house beat, passion is imperative. It is necessary to know how to transcend it, to listen to the aspiration of the travelers, to detect the part of madness which will upset a hotel concept, to understand what each host comes to look for it to offer it to him. The global ambassador of taste, Pierre Gagnaire and the composer of rare wines, Bernard Magrez, united for the best of the French table, invite you to live an exceptional experience in this magnificent home where the French know-how and the refinement will be the key words.
At the heart of Bordeaux, in a mansion of the late nineteenth century, now nestles a 5-star hotel with 6 prestigious rooms and an exceptional table, symbolizing the complicity of two great visionaries of gastronomy. Through this association, a singular ambition has emerged: to create a residence for all the Arts.
The Art of Great Wines with, on the map, the world’s unique offer of all Bordeaux classified Crus and similar, ie 259 references including 172 Grands Crus Classés.
The Art of Receiving and sharing with the guests the passion of a place and its culture, through the
refinement of a luxurious building from the beginning of the last century and its interior decoration inspired Napoleon III.
The Art of Haute Cuisine, orchestrated by Chef Pierre Gagnaire, voted Best Chef of the World by his
peers in 2015, around his exclusive creations for Bernard Magrez’s La Grande Maison sublimating the products of the region.
Contemporary Art that we discover through the works of the private collection of the Master of the places, to both in the rooms, the lounges of the restaurant, the garden, or at the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, opposite La Grande Maison. These works change with the seasons and desires, for a
always unique discovery during a gastronomic pass or a stay.
From its intimate welcome to its cozy atmosphere, through its table and Grands Crus Bordeaux,
The Great House of Bernard Magrez embodies the historic Art of Living of the city. When the people of Bordeaux were entertaining each other and at home, in these wealthy mansions, it is the atmosphere and the emotions that they lived that are transcribed today in the soul and the living memory of Bordeaux.
Château Langoa Barton
In 1722, Thomas Barton left his native Ireland to settle in Bordeaux and founded a wine trading company, which today still have the name of Barton.
In 1821 his grandson Hugh Barton acquired Château Langoa, an elegant residence built in 1758. Its architecture and its harmonious proportions and its 20 hectares of vines planted in the Saint Julien appellation, seduced Hugh who renamed it “Chateau Langoa Barton” . In the 1855 classification, Hugh Barton, passionate and in love with his wine, was rewarded with the addition of the property to the rank of “3rd Cru Classé”.
Many generations succeed at the head of the property and it is Anthony Barton who has invested in modern equipment and have thus magnified the wines of Chateau Langoa Barton. The story of Barton continues to be written with his daughter, Lilian, supported by his two children, representing the 10th generation.
In the 1855 classification, Langoa Barton was already owned by the Barton family. They share to this day, with only Mouton-Rothschild, the privilege of such a long family continuity.
The 20 hectares of Château Langoa Barton, planted in a gravel soil on a clay subsoil, are divided into the following grape varieties: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. These are the traditional grape varieties of Médoc. The average age of the vines is 37 years old.