PARIS, May 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Drawing inspiration from two millennia of winemaking history born from the legendary gravel soils of its legendary estate, Château Haut-Brion's parent company has now endowed this vineyard with a new cultural treasure : the best collections of old books on wine and gastronomy in the world. Under the leadership of its Chairman and CEO, Robert de Luxembourg, the family-owned business has scoured the globe to cobble together what will be considered a rare new jewel in the already particularly ornate crown of the oldest and most venerable of estates.
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"With every sip, for two millennia, Chateau Haut-Brion has been a privileged witness to our human history and, in many ways, the ancestor of all fine wines in existence in the world. Since its inception, the estate has also forged a symbiotic union with the world of gastronomy.By creating this unique library treasure in our vineyard in France, we bear witness to this noble past as we piece together documents that, like Chateau Haut-Brion, have survived the centuries to tell their own stories and , therefore, reflecting the passion of our ancestors.This collection brings us all together around a venerable metaphorical table as we share a sensory banquet that spans the ages and continues to inspire the world of fine wine and gastronomy... to this day. from today".
Prince Robert of Luxembourg
Buried in this rich historical soil, the estate can also boast an ancient connection with the world of gastronomy. In 1666, the Pontac family opened Pontac's Head, one of the first gastronomic restaurants in Europe. In 1787, Joseph Fumel receives Thomas Jefferson at the estate. In 1803, the "Louisiana Purchase" will once again connect the then owner of Château Haut-Brion, the Prince of Talleyrand-Perigord, with the President of the United States. Later, Talleyrand became the most admired host and diplomat at the Congress of Vienna, not least thanks to the presence of his famous chef, Antonin Carême, who would become the first true "star chef" himself.
"Two of Chef Antonin Carême's books signed by his hand, Le maître d'hôtel français and Le pâtissier pittoresque were an early inspiration that would become a cornerstone of the Château Haut-Brion library. As two of my first purchases , these represented the world of history, gastronomy and, of course, the renowned diplomacy of Château Haut-Brion's former owner, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord."
Prince Robert of Luxembourg
A major construction and renovation project is currently underway at Château Haut-Brion, overseen by architect Annabelle Selldorf, which will house new winemaking facilities, but also the growing collection of menus, cards, documents and rare old books. of gastronomy and wines. Château Haut-Brion's library has benefited greatly recently from the addition of the Thackrey Collection of books, created by a passionate and talented California winemaker, Sean Thackrey. Undoubtedly, Mr. Thackrey's collection has added a new dimension to this chateau at Château Haut-Brion.
One of the most revered and ancient territories now boasts a collection of books and texts dating back as far as 1,500 years. Today, the library contains approximately 3,000 books on viticulture, wine and gastronomy, 8 original archives on the history of Château Haut-Brion, 312 historical menus, 100 wine lists from prestigious restaurants, 43 signed original letters and manuscripts, and 17 manuscripts in Japanese, dedicated to agriculture, gastronomy and the art of the table.
As it stands at the genesis of fine wine history and tradition, the First Growth Château Haut-Brion has now also become one of the definitive repositories of the world's greatest ancient wine and food libraries. The collection will be available to scholars by appointment starting in 2026.
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