The Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs stand remained the focus of visitors’ attention throughout the exhibition. Dozens of meetings took place at the stand, including a master class by the chateau’s head winemaker Louis Mitjavile. The stand received distributors, winemakers, journalists, wine bloggers from France and other European countries, as well as Russia, Canada, Hong Kong, China and Japan. David Biraud, Best Sommelier of France 2002, award winner in the Best Sommelier of the World competition and Head Sommelier at Mandarin Oriental Paris, which stocks Art Russe wines, also paid a visit to the stand.
Art Russe wine became a much talked about newcomer at the exhibition. In its article, Vinexpo Daily noted: “Inspired by the Grace of God, the reimagined Bordeaux wine is enjoying stellar growth… The chateau produces a single elegant wine that has the distinctive character of a genuine Grand Cru”.
The uniquely shaped Art Russe bottle stirred strong admiration and curiosity. And, of course, the chateau’s wine labels bearing reproductions of Russian artworks became a true sensation. Visitors lingered at the stand, admiring different vintages’ label art collections and noting that despite stylistic diversity of the paintings, they all fit perfectly into the project’s creative concept. Close cultural and historical ties between Russia and France were evident to visitors of the exhibition held in France, while the idea of combining the Russian art of painting with the French art of winemaking stirred admiration of many.
Led by Louis Mitjavile, the presentation of the chateau’s wine gathered dozens of experts. The famous Bordeaux winemaker presented the Art Russe collection of three vintages – 2014, 2015 and 2016 – and explained particularities of each. The event, including tasting, provided a rare opportunity to explore and understand how gradual changes viticultural practices affected the style and quality of wine. Louis Mitjavile discussed the vine pruning system that he introduced in the Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs vineyard, explaining his preference for Double Cordon over Guyot, and shared other professional secrets.
Louis Mitjavile has advised Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs since 2013. Participation in the tasting allowed French and international wine professionals to discover the Mitjavile family philosophy, understand grape quality grades they consider suitable for the production of fine wine, as well as their particular approaches to harvesting, and the influence of the winemaker on the style of wine and many other aspects of winegrowing at Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs.
Founded in 1885, Chateau La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs is located in Saint-Emilion, one of the most ancient wine growing regions of France. In 2014-2017, the chateau underwent a large-scale transformation aimed at preserving French winemaking traditions in combination with process innovations introduced to achieve the highest quality of wine. The project was elaborated by the wine consultant Louis Mitjavile and architect Jean Nouvel. Works of Russian fine art dating from the 19th and 20th centuries are used in the design of wine produce of Chateau La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs since 2017 as part of an agreement between the chateau and the Art Russe Foundation, which owns one of the largest collections of Russian art.