Art Russe inspired by Grace of God
The reimagined Bordeaux wine is enjoying stellar growth genuine cru
Saint-Emilion is a prestigious commune on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, whose vineyards are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a cultural landscape. Here, in the vicinity of the famous Chateau Cheval Blanc, lies an 8.5 hectare wine estate that enjoys support of the Art Russe Foundation led by philanthropist Andrey Filatov.
Called Château La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs, which translates as The Grace of God of the Priors, the estate was founded in 1885 and has always enjoyed a good reputation among connoisseurs of Bordeaux. In recent decades, however, it has found itself in need of reconstruction, process modernisation and cultural transformation. Those were precisely the objectives the new owner Andrey Filatov set for himself, relying in his efforts on support from the Art Russe Foundation, whose name now appears on the chateau’s wine labels.
In 2014-2017, the chateau underwent a large-scale transformation aimed at preserving French winemaking traditions while introducing process innovations to achieve the highest quality of wine. Renowned consultant Louis Mitjavile was invited to improve the winemaking process, while world famous architect Jean Nouvel led the redesign.
As for the wine itself, Chateau Director Laurent Prosperi and Louis Mitjavile share responsability for quality. The Mitjavile style consists of harvesting slightly over-mature grapes and soft extraction at moderate temperatures. Wine is aged in 100% new Radoux Blend oak barrels. The end result of the chateau’s relaunch is a single elegant wine that has the distinctive character of a genuine cru.
The unique concept of Art Russe wine and its outstanding flavour have been gaining a wider global recognition. Art Russe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is available in upscale restaurants and stores in London, Hong Kong, Moscow and New York. Today, its stellar ascent continues in France in select Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels of Paris, Courchevel and the Côte d’Azur, as well as prestigious stores in various French regions. The wine is available at prestigious establishments in Monaco and also sold to a select circle of fine wine connoisseurs in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Art Russe owns one of the largest collections of Russian art of the late 19th-20th centuries, and this asset has been used in the design of Château La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs wine labels since 2017. In accordance with the agreement signed in May 2017 between the Art Russe Foundation and Chateau La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs, reproductions of 12 works of Russian painters from the Art Russe collection will appear annually on the chateau’s grand cru wine labels.
The unusually shaped hand made bottle replicating those used in Bordeaux centuries ago, promotes long-term storage of wine, while at the same time emphasizing the cohesiveness of the artistic concept.
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