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Bordeaux for art lovers

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Bordeaux for art lovers

Here are seven Bordeaux properties that share their passion for art and their wine all year long – addresses art lovers should not miss.

1) The Pioneer

Château Mouton Rothschild is famous for bringing art and wine together with their prized bottles featuring labels painted and designed by famous artists.

Baron Philippe introduced the idea for the 1924 vintage, which was the first time a commercial artist was commissioned to create a wine label.  The artwork by poster artist Jean Carlu was printed on the label but as it was not well received, the project was shelved until 1945 when he once again commissioned an artist to create a commemorative label to mark the end of the war – Philippe Jullian ‘The Year of Victory’.

The estate has since invited a different artist to create a label for every new vintage. In 1958 it was Salvador Dalí, 1973: Pablo Picasso, 1990: Francis Bacon and 2014: David Hockney.

With the opening of Mouton Rothschild’s majestic new cellars in 2013, art lovers can visit the ‘Painting for the Labels’ exhibition that brings together all the original artworks for the labels with the explanation behind the inspiration. Often different art works proposed by each artist are also on show.

Scottish artist Peter Doig was chosen to illustrate the label of its 2020 vintage with a work that subtly pays tribute to the vineyard workers.

For the 2021 label, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota was chosen and created a work named ‘Universe of Mouton’.

For more information visit: chateau-mouton-rothschild.com

The 1975 vintage label of Château Mouton Rothschild by Andy Warhol. Credit: Château Mouton Rothschild

2) Contemporary

There’s a light-hearted introduction to art as soon as you arrive at Château de Ferrand in St-Emilion. A huge sculpture of a chewed pen top by Julien Gudéa welcomes you to the property.

Owned by the Bich family, creators of the Bic pens, razors and so much more, over 30 works from their private Bic Art collection are shown at the property, all inspired by or created with Bic pens and ink.

The walls of the estate’s tasting room feature a mural created with a BIC ballpoint pen by artist Alexandre Doucin depicting the surrounding landscapes.

For more information visit: chateadeferrand.com

Credit: Château de Ferrand

3) Famous names

Château Malromé, in the south of the Entre-deux-Mers, has changed its name to Château Toulouse-Lautrec-Malromé reflecting its artistic history. In 1883, this 43 ha estate in the commune Saint-André-du-Bois was purchased by the Comtesse Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec and became home to its most famous resident, her son, the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

In 2013, the Huynh family bought the vineyard and completely renovated the cellars and the château, opening a restaurant and guest rooms. To mark the name change, a tour and exhibition takes visitors back in time to discover the links between wine and the famous works of the artist. His original 19th century apartments have been perfectly preserved for visitors to discover his life at the château, including private evening visits and dinners, with wine of course.

For more information visit: chateautoulouslautrec.com

Credit: Château Toulouse-Lautrec-Malromé / www.oliverfritze.com

4) Back to nature

At Château Smith Haut Lafitte, owners Florence and Daniel Cathiard, share their eclectic array of 27 sculptures in the vines and the château. The collection has been growing ever since they purchased the classified growth of the Graves in 1990.

Three emblematic pieces are; the Venus overlooking the vineyard, a signature bronze hare ‘Hospitality’ by Barry Flanagan, appropriately placed in front of the five-star hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, and W.A de Wang DU represents a crumpled newspaper embodying the ambiguity and ephemeral nature of contemporary media. Look closely, the paper just happens to be a page from the Wine Advocate.

In 2017, they opened a 10ha open air museum; The Forest of the Five…

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Source : https://www.decanter.com/wine/bordeaux-for-art-lovers-507773/