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Cheval Blanc to build ‘contemporary’ winery

Chateau Cheval Blanc, the Premier Grand Cru Classe property in St-Emilion, is to build a new, ‘contemporary’ winery next year.

According to the chateau’s director, Pierre Lurton, the plans will be finalised over the next few months and will include a new vinification room, winery, a barrel cellar, tasting room and landscaped gardens.

‘[We] will not begin construction until 2010 or 2011. But we know that it will be very contemporary, and quite unlike anything else in Saint Emilion today,’ Lurton told decanter.com.

He insisted the new buildings would be ‘fully integrated into the surrounding landscape’. The finished project is due to be open for wine tourists.

The architect for the project is Christian de Portzamparc, who designed the LVMH Tower in New York and is currently working on the 90,000m2 Cidade de Musica concert hall and opera house in Rio de Janeiro.

Cheval Blanc is, along with Chateau Ausone, the only Premier Grand Cru Classe A chateau in St-Emilion. It is jointly owned by Bernard Arnault (of LVMH) and Belgian financier Albert Frere.

Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux

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