“The gradual expansion of the vineyards starting in 1985 called for new winemaking facilities. The complete renovation and extension of existing buildings essentially took place in two stages (1984 and 1991) based on both technical and aesthetic criteria. Rejecting the “pseudo-classic” style, priority was given to functional simplicity and the absence of ostentation. The subtly integrated additions did not radically change the original ensemble, which dates back to the 17th century.”


Incorporating reminders of the past
“For example, the central building’s façade has retained the double doors on the first floor which previously opened to receive grapes that then went into vat via gravity flow.
Projecting a simple, calm beauty, the long, low building widens to fill the space between the vineyard and the forest. It suits the location perfectly and is totally in keeping with the estate’s proportions and its image of discretion.”

The vat room, heart of the cellar
“ The new vat room, containing state-of-the-art equipment, was built in a modern yet timeless style. It constitutes the heart of the cellar. Cylindrical in shape, this remarkable vat room forms an aesthetic break in the façade. Perfectly integrated in the stone setting, a passageway made of metal and glass provides easy access to the top of the vats where most winemaking operations are performed.
This huge, functional, and attractive room, whose design is both simple and refined, features two large windows facing one other. One overlooks the grounds and the other the main courtyard. However, the focus of the vat room and, indeed, of the whole estate, is a glass dome that lets in maximum sunlight. ”

“ The functional beauty of Domaine de Chevalier’s vat room is altogether unique in Bordeaux. ”

Oliver Bernard