Ni­co­las Las­combes


Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Bordeaux Gateway To The Vineyards -

As a Borde­lais, you must be proud of hav­ing a restau­rant at the top of la Cité du Vin? Open­ing Le 7 Restau­rant at the top of the mu­seum close to two years ago was a chal­lenge but, per­son­ally, very pleas­ing. For us, it was log­i­cal to set up in this unique place, one which rep­re­sents the diver­sity of wine cul­tures all around the world. Since open­ing our first restau­ran­tLa Brasserie Bor­de­laise- in 2008, in all of my restau­rants wine is at the cen­tre of what we do.

By vis­it­ing La Ter­rasse Rouge (Saint-émil­ion) and La Chapelle (Sauternes), you can ex­plore some of Bordeaux’s ap­pel­la­tions…

I grew up in Vignonet, just a few kilo­me­tres to the South of Saint-émil­ion. When I opened La Ter­rasse Rouge in 2015 on the roof of the new cel­lar at Château La Do­minique- a Saint-émil­ion Grand Cru Classé- it was sort of like go­ing back to my roots. This year, we have just opened La Chapelle at Château Guiraud, Sauternes. It’s the first time that such an es­tab­lish­ment has been cre­ated in the heart of a Premier Grand Cru es­tate. The well­p­re­served set­ting and the vine­yard’s bold con­ver­sion into a bio­dy­namic es­tate are what made us re­ally want to set up a restau­rant there.

Do you see your­self get­ting in­volved in other projects in the re­gion?

We re­ally want to fo­cus what we do re­gion­ally, main­tain­ing an ab­so­lute in­sis­tence on qual­ity. Since our restau­rants have been cre­ated specif­i­cally with a close re­la­tion­ship with wine, we’d like to de­velop what we do into an­other ap­pel­la­tion. It would doubt­less be in an ap­pel­la­tion which doesn’t have any Grand Cru Classé and- this is some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate aboutit would be a col­lab­o­ra­tion with a wine­grow­ers’ union, which would be an­other first!

As the owner of 8 restau­rants in the Bordeaux re­gion, Ni­co­las Las­combes has built a gas­tro­nomic suc­cess story in which wine has played a key role.

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