The Fayat family wanted to build a state-of-the-art winemaking facility that was also well-integrated into the landscape and in harmony with existing buildings. In 2012, the family asked the internationally-acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel (with whom they had already worked when constructing the Quai Branly museum in Paris) to draw up plans. Jean Nouvel, a lover of Bordeaux wine, was especially motivated by the project since he had never designed a wine cellar. This turned out to be a unique, imaginative, avant garde structure that is functional, luminous, and spacious. It is totally in keeping with the emotion generated by the wine and is widely acknowledged as one of Bordeaux's most beautiful modern cellars.
The cellar acts as a powerful means of highlighting the landscape. Standing out like the proud prow of a ship, its red walls overlook the vines and inevitably attract attention. Thanks to a façade consisting of a huge two-way mirror, vines and vatroom blend harmoniously. Dark red horizontal metallic strips on the outer walls provide a reverse mirror effect. The sky and the vines subtly reflect one another and the six shades of red that are used symbolise the nuances of La Dominique's wine.
Covered in rounded red glass pebbles reminiscent of grapes about to be crushed, the roof terrace affords a fabulous view of the surrounding vines.