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French Wine Chateaux

French Wine Chateaux

Distinctive Vintages and Their Estates

by Alain StellaFrancis Hammond and Francis Hammond
Publication Date: 05/11/2012
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stunning estates run by some of France's most prestigious and long-standing vineyards. Hennessy, Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Mercier, Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Chateau d'Yquem, Cheval Blanc; across the world these names are synonymous with prestige, secrets passed down from generation to generation, and above all the genius of French wine production. It is a little known fact that these producers, which together comprise the Moet Hennessy group, were never satisfied with simply striving to make the best Cognac, Champagne, Sauternes, or Saint- Emilion. In reality, ever since they were founded, they have all been committed to creating a marketplace in which French products such as these are regarded as a crowning jewel. And so, in order to entertain in style, these legendary institutions have constructed beautiful estates. Guests are often treated to a meal, comprising dishes which subtly complement and ultimately intensify the experience of tasting the sought-after libations. Stunning countryside surroundings, beautiful interior design, a friendly atmosphere, and often contemporary art all have a role to play in entertaining guests; which means that today's eminent designers and architects also contribute to these exquisite locales. This volume is an invitation to discover the magic of these beautiful retreats, and the institutions behind them.
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Alain Stella

Alain Stella is the author of Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille, Mariage Frères French Tea: Three Centuries of Savoir- Faire (2003), French Wine Chateaux: Distinctive Vintages and Their Estates (2012), and The Book of Tea (1992), all published by Flammarion.

Francis Hammond

Francis Hammond's photographs have been published in numerous titles with Flammarion including A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny (2017), A Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities: Deyrolle (2017), Private Houses of France (2014), and Versailles: A Private Invitation (2011/2018).

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