Château LaCoste- Le Puy Ste Réparade in Provence.
Adhering to biodynamic principles, Château la Coste strives to preserve the terroir, protecting its fertility, safeguarding the essence of the soil. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel the wine making Chai was inaugurated with the grape harvest of 2008.
In 2009 Château LaCoste wines were given the French organic label “AB” in recognition of the respect shown to the land along with the methods used which are in perfect harmony with nature.
Château La Coste is a vineyard where Wine, Art & Architecture live in harmony. Artists and architects were invited to visit the Domain and discover the beauty of Provence. In turn, they were encouraged to choose a place in the landscape that spoke directly to them and were given the freedom to create a work that would live there. Château La Coste will continue to evolve as new projects and installations are developed.
The walk through wooded hilltops and valleys, alongside olive groves and vine fields, can be taken at any pace, discovering the many installations of contemporary art.
The Art Centre for Château La Coste was created by Tadao Ando. The building showcases many of the Japanese master’s signature elements to create an extraordinary experience of light and space in nature. A vast infinity pool of water, one wing of the ‘V’ houses is the reception and bookshop. The other wing includes a restaurant which overlooks the water and vines.
Tadao Ando’s uniquely smooth concrete walls are marked by a series of conical points and are organised into tatami proportions. His sculptural use of this medium creates strong geometric lines, framed points of view and a variety of reflections throughout the day. The interplay between interior and exterior spaces is seen everywhere in the building.
“What I tried to do here, because of the presence of Cézanne in Aix, is create new works close to nature.” Tadao Ando says. “I wanted to capture the same, very humble spirit of a Cézanne painting.”
Three types of culinary experiences are offered.
At the Tadao Ando’s restaurant the menu highlights seasonal produce from the organic vegetable garden specially designed by Louis Benech. Provençal and Mediterranean dishes are freshly prepared in our kitchen and served throughout the day.
The Terrace is an outdoor café using ingredients from the kitchen garden, the menu offers fresh salads, veloutés, home-made tarts, farmers cheeses and organic charcuterie, accompanied by the wines of the domain.
You can enjoy live music throughout the summer.
The restaurant Mallmann: mediterranean fish roasted in a clay oven, Charolais beef cooked over fires. Fresh vegetables and herbs from Provence cooked “Rescoldo” style – buried in ashes. A long roll up of vegetables marinated and seared to perfection on the plancha. Charred summer fruits with homemade ice cream and dulce de leche pancakes for dessert.
On show at Château La Coste now: Hiroshi Sugimoto – The Sea and The Mirror
Exhibition 9th of May – 3rd of September
At the new Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Concerts at the Music Pavilion by Frank O. Gehry: Saturday 3rd of June : Joe Bel
Saturday 10th of June : Diva Faune
Saturday 17th of June : Raphaël Imbert
Saturday 24th of June : Joulik
Cinéma in the vines: Château La Coste is organising for the sixth year running its evenings of Cinéma in the Vines
Saturday 8th of July : Manhattan by Woody Allen
Saturday 15th of July : The Intouchables by Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache.
Saturday 22nd of July : Whiplash by Damien Chazelle.
Saturday 29th of July : La vie est un long fleuve tranquille by Etienne Chatilliez
Saturday 12th of August : E.T. by Steven Spielberg
Saturday 19th of August : Peau d’âne de Jacques Demy