Bordeaux J'Adore

It takes two, baby,

Alice and Jerome Tourbier run Les Sources de Caudalie, a 5 star hotel and spa in the grounds of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, only few 12 kilometers from Bordeaux. Last year the hotel was awarded ‘Palace’ status by the French Tourist Board, putting it a

- CLARE O’HAGAN

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ALICE TOURBIER WAS TRANSPLANT­ED FROM GRENOBLE TO THE SOUTHWEST AT THE AGE OF 15, when her parents Daniel and Florence Cathiard bought Chateau Smith Haut Laffitte. Until then, life had revolved around the mountains and her initial impression of the Gironde was ‘but it’s so flat!‘. This dismay soon gave way to a deep love of the huge skies of her adopted region. She attended lycée in Bordeaux, and put down new roots.

Alice has always respected the way the Bordelais pass the appreciati­on of local ingredient­s and wine from generation to generation. Now she is proud to be an amabassado­r of the Bordelais art de vivre. At the hotel’s 2 Michelin-starred restaurant La Grand’vigne, she has encouraged her chef, Nicolas Masse to let the ingredient­s speak for themselves. A huge fan of the southwest’s produits de terroir himself, Nicolas is happy to comply. The Bordeaux in which Alice spent her adolescenc­e is very different to the dynamic metropolis of today. ‘So many talented outsiders are choosing to come here now. It’s exciting’, she enthuses. She opened a Caudalie boutique and spa a few months ago in the city centre, on Cours de L'intendance. We asked her where she likes to spend her down-time in the city.

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