New Wave Chais

Ambitious cellar renovations in Bordeaux reimagine winemaking for the 21st century
Jun 30, 2010

Visitors to Bordeaux are as likely to see hard hats and cranes as vines and châteaus these days. New vineyard practices, new vinification techniques and new money have fueled a construction revolution in the cellars of France's premier region. Some of the new chais hide striking, modern interiors inside classic 19th-century exteriors. But others, perhaps inspired by ambitious winery designs in Spain and South America, throw tradition out the window to create a 21st-century vision of a château.

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