Previous wine and trendy structure make a surprisingly positive pairing. From Frank Gehry’s dramatic makeover of Marqués de Riscal to Zaha Hadid’s futuristic extension at López de Heredia in Rioja, a contingent of high-profile architects have been giving centuries-previous wineries a trendy angle.
Pritzker Prize profitable Norman Foster is newest starchitect to work on a storied wine property and his consumer is honoring him in a very particular manner. Château Margaux, one Bordeaux’s oldest and most extremely-regarded wineries, broke custom and launched a glossy, new bottle design that includes the British architect’s trendy constructing etched in silver. The redesign for the 2015 Grand Vin is the primary in Château Margaux’s 500-year historical past and the vineyard is reserving the modern look solely for this specific classic. A 750 ml. bottle is at present promoting for upwards of $,200 within the US.
In 2015, Foster unveiled the trendy additions to the Neo-Palladian property nicknamed “Versailles of the Médoc.” Château Margaux’s mom-daughter homeowners Corinne Mentzelopoulos and Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos have been interested in Foster’s tempered modernism, which to them, evoked the modern winemaking model they’ve been championing these days.
Deviating from the showy glass buildings he’s greatest recognized for—such because the Gherkin constructing in London, Hearst Tower in New York and the Reichstag in Berlin, and Apple’s “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino—Foster says he wished the vineyard’s additions to virtually disappear within the landmarked property.
“As a lover of wine there is just one Château Margaux—it's a hallowed label. This design has been impressed by the character of the present property,” defined Foster, noting work of architect Guy-Louis Combes in 1815. “At first look there doesn't look like a new constructing. That is deliberate and it is just on nearer inspection that the brand new addition is revealed.”
Housed inside a conventional-trying pavilion, Foster designed a new wine-manufacturing facility, an R&D heart, good-looking vinotheque, and tasting rooms. He additionally expanded the property’s 200-year previous cellars and refurbished the orangery.
Together with Foster, the brand new bottle design additionally performs tribute to a different visionary who formed Château Margaux’s latest historical past. Etched on the bottle’s base is the title Paul Pontallier—the property’s longtime winemaker who handed away immediately final yr at age 59. The 2015 harvest was the final classic he oversaw.
A favourite of Thomas Jefferson and British’s first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole, Château Margaux is one of 4 estates to garner a “premiere cru” designation within the 1855 Bordeaux classification. In preparation for the Common Expo in Paris that yr, Napoleon III requested for a listing of the most effective Bordeaux wines to parade earlier than worldwide guests. Wine brokers convened and ranked estates based mostly on popularity, worth and style. Since then—and regardless of a run of tough vintages within the 1970s— Château Margaux remains to be thought of among the many best and costliest wines in the present day.