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.