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

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Contents - CLARE O’HA­GAN

Alice in Bordeaux­land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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