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Cellar treasures

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s two historic cellars contain a collection of red and white wines. The two other vaults hold ancient elders and exceptional nectars. A heritage of 350,000 bottles which visitors can admire.

 

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Adrien Cascio, head sommelier of the Lalique restaurant, has worked with Romain Iltis to create an ambitious wine list with a variety of influences: a broad selection of Sauternes, Bordeaux crus and Rieslings (a nod to Alsace, the birthplace of Lalique) as well as major estates from abroad, mainly Spain and California (vertical vintages of Dominus, Eisele Vineyard, Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars and so on). The majority come from Silvio Denz’s personal collection. There is also a full range of Premier Grands Crus (ranking equal with Lafaurie-Peyraguey), including Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux and Haut-Brion, as well as Pétrus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Angélus and Pavie in rare vintages.

The wine list of course gives this golden wine pride of place. It is a showcase for Sauternes Crus Classés in a thousand shades of colour: Yquem 1895 (the oldest in the cellar), Château Climens 1921, Château Rieussec 1945, and not forgetting sixty vintages of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Wines are available by the glass from Silvio Denz’s collection of bottles and other gems unearthed both in France and abroad.

‘Terroir reading’

Another initiative is the ‘terroir reading’ launched by Romain Iltis at La Villa René Lalique. The variety of soils, exposures, altitudes and vine cultivation techniques allow a wine’s characteristics to be broken up ‘vertically’ or ‘horizontally’. As an ambassador for the vineyards of Bordeaux, Adrien Cascio recognised this approach as an innovative opportunity to help customers understand wines, targeting numerous aromatic and flavour profiles.

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