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May 2017

Julien Lefebvre - the new chef at Cordeillan-Bages

Julien Lefebvre

Julien Lefebvre

Julien Lefebvre is grateful for his childhood in Normandy, inspired by the artisans of his family deeply rooted in the food-producing region where he found his calling.

Trained by Frédéric Anton at Le Pré Catelan, he pursued his prestigious career alongside Mathieu Pacaud at the Parisian restaurants Hexagone, Histoires and the recently reopened Le Divellec.

At 35, he has become the new Executive Chef at Cordeillan-Bages, in charge of the fine-dining restaurant and of the bistro Café Lavinal in the village of Bages.

Strongly committed to promoting the labor of local producers, he set out to meet them, to explore local ingredients and discover their gastronomic treasures (caviar from Aquitaine, white asparagus and strawberries from Saint-Laurent-Médoc, and oysters from the Bay of Arcachon). His menu at Cordeillan-Bages covers shellfish marinières, whipped cauliflower cream, contemporary soufflé with clams and curry, Venere rice with grape marc; confit turbot, pea Gibelotte, coriander decoction, Tempura barbell and Béarnaise sauce or braised sweetbread in a buckwheat crust, Jerusalem artichoke mousseline and jus gras flavoured with Arabica coffee.

A new menu to savour at the earliest opportunity.

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14 April 2017

Cordeillan-Bages unveils its "Premium" rooms

Cordeillan-Bages, chambre premium

Cordeillan-Bages unveils its "Premium" garden-rooms at the heart of the vineyard

In 2017, the hotel of Cordeillan-Bages, located near Bordeaux in Pauillac (Medoc), introduces new « Premium » rooms in its chartreuse. Revisited by Idoine architectural firm and Milan-based interior designer Anne-Monique Bonadéi, the rooms offer a soothing atmosphere of contemporary elegance.

Natural light and open space

The rooms overlooking pine and verbena gardens at the heart of the vineyard in Pauillac, capture a more spacious and bright living area (32m2).

The on-demand switchable privacy glass separates the room from the bathroom with heated floors, built of Moleanos stone. An Italian-style shower faces the window without vis-à-vis. The architect uses the round iconic mirror, designed by Jacques Adnet circa 1950, and Danish lighting fixtures by Frandsen, to style the space.

chambre premium, Cordeillan-Bages

 

Inspired by the elegance of materials

Linen, leather, wood, blond stone and marble bring to the Premium rooms a comfortable atmosphere with modern and pure lines.

Tailor-made cabinetry in oak, with leather handles, extends over an entire length of one wall, whilst Italian fabrics by Dedar refine the headboard of the king-sized bed and the windows opening unto the garden.

A maison with an epicurean spirit

The decor of the rooms blends with the interiors of this Relais & Châteaux, home to an unusual collection of contemporary artworks by renowned artists – Pierre Alechinsky, Emilio Perez, Gérard Titus-Carmel, TAN Swie Hian or Antoni Tapiès – to name a few.

In the contemporary restaurant of this chateau dating back to the 19th Century, the cuisine crafted by Julien Lefebvre, bursts with inventiveness to reawake our senses. Its open terrace over the vineyard punctuates the home with an absolute charm.



Premium rooms at Château Cordeillan-Bages start from €349.

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23 January 2017

Château Cordeillan-Bages takes part in finest wine list competition

Cyrille Raymond, Philippe Faure-Brac, Rodolphe Wartel, Céline de Labrousse, Arnaud Le Saux

Château Cordeillan-Bage took part in the gala night held at the Maison Blanche restaurant on Avenue Montaigne in Paris to celebrate finalists of the"Tour des Cartes" - the first national competition for the best wine lists in France, organised by "Terre de Vins" magazines.

10,000 wine lists from all over France, 100 selected and 6 catégories

The aim of the first edition of the "Terre de vins" competition was to showcase and celebrate the French cuisine, which was declared World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2010. For this unique event, thousands of wine lists from all over France were collected and examined by the panel of experts, according to 6 categories: wine bars, traditional restaurants, brasseries-bistros, fine-dining restaurants, starred and palace fine-dining restaurants, and restaurants that are part of a chain or group.

A panel presided over by Gérard Basset, Best Sommelier in the World, 2010.

Presided over by Gérard Basset, Best Sommelier in the World, 2010, the panel of experts scrutinised over 10,000 wine lists according to well-defined criteria (representativeness, originality, readability, user friendliness, value for money). Out of these, only 100 made it to the next round before being judged and divided into the 6 competition categories.

"From the Pyrenees to the Alsace and from the Lozère to Paris, our journalists have completed a veritable Tour de France to unearth the best of the wine lists that are worth a detour: those that you'll go out of your way for, those that will help you discover the best appellations and winegrowers, those that will delight you without breaking the bank", continues the Terre de vins article.

A modern restaurant in a 17th century chartreuse surrounded by vineyards.

The Château Cordeillan-Bages team is proud to have featured among the 18 finalists in the starred and palace fine-dining restaurants category.
Following two succeeding chefs, each garnered two-stars onsite, who forged the spirit of our home, we're delighted to welcome in February a new Executive Chef to endure the tradition and express his own vision of an inventive dialogue between haute cuisine and great wines.

Our sincere congratulations to Arnaud Le Saux, Head Sommelier at Château Cordeillan-Bages.

View the competition's big winners…

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27 February 2017

Château Cordeillan-Bages welcomes a new Chef

Julien Lefebvre

Chef Julien Lefebvre, brings a fresh culinary perspective.

As of February 2017, Julien Lefebvre will oversee our restaurant, and all catering for the group Famille JM Cazes, including Café Lavinal, located just steps from Cordeillan-Bages, in the village of Bages.

Aged 35, and a native of Lisieux in Normandy, he worked under Frédéric Anton at Le Pré Catelan*** before Mathieu Pacaud recruited him as Executive Chef at Histoires**, Hexagone* and Le Divellec*.

Julien Lefebvre draws his inspiration from a profound respect for terroir and local produce, in a continuous quest for refined flavours.

Our gastronomic restaurant will open on Saturday, 15 April.

Reservations: +33(0)5 56 59 24 24

 

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January 2016

New presentation plates in the gastronomic restaurant

“Veraison”, marks the transition from grape growth to grape ripening when a flood of colour washes through the vineyard, painting the berries purple and gold.
As Jean-Charles Cazes had the idea to celebrate this special stage in the vine cycle, it only seemed natural to him to call on Italian interior designer Anne-Monique Bonadei to illustrate “veraison” on the new gastronomic restaurant plates.

Created in collaboration with Anne Monique Bonadei and the storied Limoges porcelain maker Bernardaud, our new plates represent the veraison process through a series of 3 illustrations.

Available by 2 in a gift set
320€ + shipping

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January 2016

"Global Best of Wine Tourism 2016": Lynch-Bages & Cie carries off the prize!

The network of Great Wine Capitals, united Thursday November 12th, at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, announced Lynch-Bages&Cie, the Grand Prize Winner from France, at their Global Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2016. 

Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of eight internationally renowned wine regions – Bordeaux, France; Cape Town/Cape Winelands, South Africa; Mainz/Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao/Rioja, Spain; San Francisco/Napa Valley, USA and Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley, Chile.

A unique Bordeaux experience
The Cazes family has created a number of unique experiences under the name of Lynch-Bages & Cie which combine wine, history, culture and the French art of living. Among the unforgettable must-see features : Château Lynch-Bages and its historic vat-house, the Relais & Châteaux hotel Cordeillan-Bages and its 2 Michelin star restaurant, the cookery school, the picturesque village of Bages, the "personal winemaking" experience at VINIV. Excellence, authenticity, charm, elegance, hedonism and simplicity are part of the “voyage”. An array of unusual and tailor-made activities are also offered to visitors all year long: arrival by helicopter, classic-car rallies…
On November 12, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum was the scene of the 2016 international  ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards ceremony sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.  The ceremony took place during the gala dinner that marked the end of the Network’s annual general meeting. The international award winners are chosen from among the ‘Best Of’ winners from each Great Wine Capital.  This year, there were 386 nominees and 50 local award winners. On the evening, each of the eight member regions was awarded with regional and global awards. Within the Bordeaux region there were a number of regional winners, including Chateau CarbonnieuxChateau de ReignacDomaine de Grange NeuveChateau de la Dauphine and Chateau Coutet.

Read more about the Great Wine Capitals Global network on www.greatwinecapitals.com