France Lunch
Bailliage of Bordelais
Bommes, October 5, 2019
At Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
" The Lafaurie-Peyraguey vineyard is located in the midst of the Sauternes region "

On a lovely sunny day in early autumn, the Bordeaux Bailliage spent a wonderful day in the heart of the Sauternes region, experiencing a fusion of gold and crystal at the Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. It’s known for its Lalique restaurant and for having a Sauternes Premier Grand Cru ranked in the 1855 classification.

The Lafaurie-Peyraguey vineyard is located in the midst of the Sauternes region, on a high gravelly terrace. Bought in 2014 by Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique and owner of five wineries in Bordeaux, the Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey re-opened its doors to begin a new chapter in 2018.

Reimagined as a luxury hotel which is home to a fine-dining restaurant, Lalique is designed to be “a place where four worlds converge: wine, crystal, gastronomy and hospitality, because these areas of creativity have a common purpose,” explains Silvio Denz.

Our group, led by the Bailli Délégué of France, Jean-François Guichard, was composed of some forty members from many different Bailliages in France as well as from the Principality of Monaco, including its Bailli Délégué, Gérard Canarie. Our day began with a tour of the Château's facilities, after which our group sat down for an exquisite meal prepared by Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Schilling, in a very impressive setting. The service was faultless, and the courses were perfectly paired with carefully selected wines.

MENU

Lafaurie crystals
Sweet'Z Original

Lean steak tartare with a 2007 vintage twist
Riesling d'Alsace “lieu-dit Saint Jacques” 2014
Émile Beyer

Pigeon cooked in vine leaves
capellini with smoked tea and beetroot
barberry broth
“Sacristie” du Château de la Vieille Curé 2009 - Fronsac

Vacherin meringue with Landes raspberries
rose condiment and tangy vinaigrette
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Grand Vin 2016
Premier Grand Cru Classé 1855 de Sauternes

After this feast, which enchanted the taste buds of everyone present, we extended our congratulations and thanks to the whole team from Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey for their warm welcome and the art with which they looked after us in this magical setting, which certainly deserves its reputation.

Jean-François Guichard
Bailli Délégué