At the heart of Bordeaux, tucked away in a 19th-century manor house now lies a 5-star hotel with 6 prestigious rooms and an exceptional restaurant, symbolising the bond between two great visionaries of gastronomy: Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire. Through this association, a unique ambition has developed: to create a home for all forms of art. The art of fine dining, orchestrated by the most Michelin-starred Chef in the world around timeless signature dishes and his own exclusive creations for the Grande Maison, highlighting the products of the region. The art of great wines, at the only place in the world to find Bordeaux's Crus Classés or related wines, that is to say 259 wines, including 172 Grands Crus Classés. The art of generosity and warmth, sharing passion for the area and its culture with guests, through the refined and luxurious turn-of-the-century building and its Napoleon III inspired décor. Contemporary art to discover throughout the Maître des lieux's private collection, on display in the rooms, the dining rooms, the garden, or even in the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, across from the Grande Maison.
Bee populations are increasingly under threat, a trend that has serious consequences for biodiversity. Mindful of this, Bernard Magrez has reintroduced them into his prestigious Bordeaux vineyards which produce the grapes for some of the area’s finest wines. Installing hives encourages pollination and, just as they do for wines, the different terrains result in a variety of honeys, each with its own unique character.
In 2010, Bernard Magrez decided to install beehives in all of his Bordeaux vineyards, especially those producing the famous Grands Crus Classés (Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, and Château Fombrauge). Recreating conditions in which bees can thrive is now imperative to protecting the species. They are an essential link in safeguarding biodiversity because they ensure the pollination of numerous crops and fruit trees. The hives now support a population of some 50,000 bees, a figure that has increased steadily over the years. In addition, the hives at Château Pape Clément have been fitted with electronic sensors. These assist beekeepers in monitoring their hives and gather data that researchers can analyze.