Celebrity chef Joël Robuchon to open Bordeaux restaurant in 2014
Next autumn, Joël Robuchon will open a gourmet restaurant and hotel in Bordeaux, France in partnership with wine magnate Bernard Magrez.
In development since last spring, Robuchon's latest restaurant plans are beginning to take shape. Along with Bernard Magrez, the chef whose Michelin star count stands at a whopping 28 signed a property development agreement for the future home of "L'Hôtel de Bernard Magrez - Joël Robuchon Restaurant."
The establishment, aiming to attract high-end tourists, will have six suites, a gourmet restaurant with around 50 tables, and a more relaxed and affordable "lounge" area, where diners can pay between €35 and €40 for a main course and a glass of wine.
Considering its setting in one of the world's most prestigious wine capitals, in addition to the participation of wine magnate Bernard Magrez, the restaurant is bound to turn the spotlight on sublime food and wine pairings. Four of the wine estates owned by Magrez in the Bordeaux region bear the "grand cru classé" designation for wines of extraordinary quality: Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge, and Le Clos Haut-Peyraguey.
"The restaurant will be luxurious but without extravagance or pretentious ceremony; one will feel at home there. In terms of the kitchen, which will be staffed by a team of 30 people, we will place the accent on local 'terroir' ingredients and bring the best out of them," Joël Robuchon explains in a press release, adding that the restaurant aims to earn a three-star Michelin rating. Currently, there are no restaurants bearing the coveted three-star distinction in the Bordeaux region.
The hotel and restaurant will move into a 1900 private mansion located on the Rue de Tivoli, across from the Château Labottière, home to the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute.