Every year the Bordeaux’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry rewards the best in wine tourism with the Best Of Wine Tourism Award.
This year, the Les Carmes Haut-Brion wine cellar has been awarded a “Best Of Gold” in the architecture and landscapes category rewarding the dialogue between the ultramodern wine cellar designed by Philippe Starck and its 19th century listed park (surrounded by vineyards in the heart of the Bordeaux metropolis).
Inaugurated in 2016, by Patrice Pichet – owner of the Château and Philippe Starck, the wine cellar of the Les Carmes Haut-Brion Château is a 2000m2 architectural work imagined by Starck and representing a brute metal blade plunged into the ground allowing the mystery of wine to spring out. With no reference of scale, time or culture, this construction pushed to the minimum is the opposite of constraining and ostentatious human architecture and anchors the cellar within the vineyard. Here, the contribution of nature overcomes the input of man. It’s magic encapsulated in a miracle and where the extraordinary wine of Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion comes from.
“Wine is magical.
Its elaboration a science.
Our relationship is sentimental.
Its structure is an abstraction.
Its effect a vertigo.
Its knowledge a culture.
Its color is virtual.
Only the language of immateriality, of the mind can tell the story of wine.
Its home had to be evocative, a minimum, an intuition, a reflection.
The wonder of Les Carmes Haut-Brion deserved this consistency, I hope we did not prove unworthy.”