Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc

Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc
© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet
Saint-Émilion, France
  • Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5250.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011
  • Photographs photographs: Erik Saillet, Max Botton

© Erik Saillet © Erik Saillet © Max Botton © Erik Saillet + 20

  • Landscape

    Méristème, Régis Guignard
  • Site Manager

    Olivier Chadebost,
  • Acoustics

    Point d’Orgue
  • Light

    Captain Spot, Jean-Bernard Favero-Longo, Aartill
  • Economist

    G.V. Ingénierie
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© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

Text description provided by the architects. With a view to improving wine production at Château Cheval Blanc, owners Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère asked Christian de Portzamparc to design a new winery. In this vineyard shaped by man over the centuries, the architect envisioned a winery shaped like a belvedere projecting out from the château and opening onto the beautiful landscape.
Based on discussions with the director of the Château, Pierre Lurton, who has extensive experience of wine-making in concrete vats, much appreciated at Cheval Blanc, the architect designed a curved vat shaped like a tasting glass to optimize oxygenation.

© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

Divided into 52 units with dimensions varying according to the vineyard plots, they provide a showcase for each vine, as requested by Pierre Lurton. No line here is superfluous: everything contributes to perfecting the wine-making process and the movements carried out in the winery: the geometry of the curved surfaces in molded concrete, the unique atmosphere created by the natural light descending earthwards, caressing the load-bearing shear wall surrounding the large concrete sculptures of the vat house.

© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

The barrel winery below is like a crypt and has a totally different atmosphere, bordered by a brick moucharaby wall to facilitate natural ventilation.
Halfway between the interior and exterior, the winery is a place of transmutation and interaction with nature. This is where exceptional wine is made and where, through architecture, modernity meets centuries-old experience.

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Address: Cheval Blanc, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc" 09 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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