French Wine Chateaux: Distinctive Vintages and Their Estates
Written by Alain Stella and Daniel Rondeau, Photographed by Francis Hammond
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stunning estates of France’s most prestigious and long-standing vineyards. Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Mercier, Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Château d’Yquem, and Cheval Blanc: across the world these names are synonymous with prestige, secrets passed down from generation to generation, and the inimitable genius of French wine production. These producers, who together comprise the Moët Hennessy group, weren’t satisfied with simply striving to make the best Cognac, Champagne, Sauternes, or Saint-Emilion. Since they were founded, each has been dedicated to cultivating an environment in which these exceptional French products can be fully appreciated. And so, in order to entertain in style, these legendary institutions have constructed elegant estates. Guests savor meals that have been composed to subtly complement and ultimately intensify the experience of tasting the sought-after libations. Stunning countryside surroundings, beautiful interior design, a friendly atmosphere, and often contemporary art all play a role in entertaining guests; many eminent designers and architects have contributed to these exquisite locales. This volume is an invitation to discover the magic of these beautiful retreats, and the institutions behind them.
About The Author
Alain Stella has co-authored Historic Houses of Paris, Distinctive Vintages: Fine French Wines and Spirits, and The Little Book of Coffee. Daniel Rondeau, author, journalist, and publisher, is the French ambassador to UNESCO. Francis Hammond’s photographs have appeared in Elle Décor and Martha Stewart Living, as well as in The British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris and Versailles: A Private Invitation.