Who knew: Chanel owns a celebrated winery at the entrance to the village of Margaux which was founded in 1661 by Pierre de Rauzan. Generations of Rauzans then helped grow the reputation of the brand to the point where it became one of the most highly-rated in Bordeaux, enticing a steady stream of jet-setting visitors over the years, including Thomas Jefferson.
After acquiring the estate in 1994, Chanel hired New York architect Peter Marino to restore the château to its original 1903 splendor, which includes a lush park and green spaces filled with 100 year old plane trees, climbing rose bushes, hydrangeas, blond Bourg stone and verdant lawns.
To celebrate its 350th anniversary, the winery had Kaiser Karl design the label for the 2009 vintage, a crisp & delicate Margaux which Robert Parker lauded as extraordinary and possibly their greatest wine since the 1986. Although this rich, silky and elegant Grand Cru Classé won't be for sale until March, it can now be pre-ordered for $129.
For purchasing info & to learn more about the history of wine-making, check out Rauzan-Segla.com.
- Lesley Scott