Further on, a royal purple velvet cushioned bar area and sitting room stretch into one wing off the lobby. To be sure, it has the splendor of a bourgeois drawing room.
Out front Julien Gardin is convivial and in full command. The dining room fills with finely dressed expectant patrons. They are due for an extraordinarily fine dining experience.
This certainly deserves its five stars. If you are looking for a luxurious accommodation with impeccable service, this should be your destination in Bordeaux. While not in the heart of the city, the location is sufficiently convenient.
Sculpture in front of the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Pierre Gagnaire’s 2 Michelin starred Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Red mullet with a gelee of black olives, with foie gras mousse, over edible flowers. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Bernard Magrez is a wine pioneer and a master of his domain. Presently, he is the only wine purveyor in Bordeaux with 4 different Grand Cru wine estates.
For this purpose, he dazzles with each course, transcending the ordinary, bringing forth a parade of intricate dishes that compel and amaze, delight and enthrall.
White asparagus with a Ranavelo quenelle at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
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Dinner at 2 Michelin Star Pierre Gagnaire at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Chateau Pape Clement, named for and once owned by the family of the 14th century French Pope, is a stunning estate in nearby Pessac – Legoyan.
His well-honed team is a constant flurry of activity, seamless in their execution. It is intriguing, like watching a ballet. Momentarily embedded within the kitchen staff, we are witness to the creation of culinary triumphs.
The mullet is served chilled over a salad of edible flowers suspended in gelee. An exquisitely complex combination of flavors, it is accompanied with a twist of crispy fennels and daikon turnip.
Dinner at Pierre Gagnaire winds down at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The dining room of Pierre Gagnaire at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire – the climax of the meal
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire – The Wines
Notably, Modernist art work adorns the entrance way, including a sculpture of a large meteorite.
Air France flies direct to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and from there to the rest of France and all of Europe from Washington, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and a number of American cities.
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire – The Meal
Likewise, hotel and Restaurant Director Julien Gardin sets the welcoming tone that creates an evening of exquisite ambience. In other words, it is sophisticated but relaxed, casual but elegant.
Veal terrine with morels mushrooms and cuttlefish ravioli at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Bernard Magrez brought in Pierre Gagnaire to take over the restaurant from Joel Robuchon two years ago. To be sure Pierre Gagnaire is a culinary legend in his own right, with a flagship three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris.
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire – a visionary experience
Red mullet with a gelee of black olives is incredible, the taste explosive. Spread across the fillet is a fine foie gras mousse.
Together they have created a triumph that is a fulfillment of Gagnaire’s vision and Magrez’s hopes, creating a dining experience that is truly transformational.
Beyond that, a balcony overlooks the entrance to the hotel with views across the road of the gleaming Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute.
Further in, the center upstairs guest chamber “Contemplation” on the second floor is stunningly gorgeous. Silk embroidered cloth wall coverings blend a cream undercoating with red and green embroidered patterns and matching curtains.
BORDEAUX, FRANCE: La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez is an extraordinarily unique 19th century mansion and 5 star luxury hotel. Only 2 kilometers from the center of Bordeaux, this phenomenal Relais & Chateaux property is more like a private residence. Notably, it has just 6 classic elegant rooms in the Grand Maison, and boasts a sensational 2 Michelin starred restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire.
Pierre Gagnaire Grand Dessert, a collection of 7 separate dessert dishes at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The lobby at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
To be sure, it is a passion for life, the art of food, the expression of culture, the creation of ambiance and atmosphere. This is what makes La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez a sublimely holistic indulgence. A fully immersive experience, it epitomizes the finest of all that is at the heart of magnificence in Bordeaux.
Furthermore, it is a team effort, Le Bras and Gardin, and a lovely affirmation of the synergy that is the secret ingredient to a trend setting culinary partnership.
Accordingly, Magrez has found the elements that encapsulate his many passions and brought them together here in La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez.
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This is cooking for giants. No detail is left to chance. Plates are specifically designed for the courses at hand. The mullet and gelee gleam off a special golden tinged bowl.
A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot, with a dash of Petit Verdot and Cabernet France, it is a monumental claret for the ages.
White asparagus served three ways is the perfect example of the intensity of imagination in the evening at hand. Simultaneously, they first serve a glorious grilled large white asparagus under smoked glass with chopped arugula, chervil, and a Ranavelo quenelle.
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Service from the team of waiters and staff is picture perfect, a precision watch in action. A finely choreographed ballet unfolds, filled with measured dignity and engaging confidence.
As the evening winds down, and the room gradually empties, the glow of the experience continues. Consequently, there are rapturous smiles on the faces of the diners. It is an expression of joy in memories that will live across the ages.
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Trepidation and caution are thrown to the wind. Any idea of only tasting part of each dish dissolve in a dessert orgy. Not surprising, ten minutes later they are all sumptuously consumed in their entirety.
Layers of creamy morels spread out across the veal. Accordingly, taste buds explode with the fervor of exhilarating gustatory perfection.
Comparatively, paired with his 4 Grand Cru estates, including Chateau Pape Clement, La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez provides the ultimate exploration of the Bordeaux wine experience.
Poulette style frogs legs with green asparagus sauce. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A Pape Clement Grand Cru 2009 is like a course in itself. Extraordinary flavors and complexity emerge from this exceptional vintage from a landmark year.
Pierre Gagnaire and 2 Michelin starred Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras
The Chef is warm and relaxed as he invites us into the kitchen during service. It is a rare honor, a chance to see this top Chef’s kitchen in action.
Lastly, the Pierre Gagnaire Grand Dessert, actually 7 different individual desserts, is a serial triumph of creative expression. Each dish is a different flavor profile, a range of treats from the Chef de Patisserie that overwhelms the senses with their inventive variety.
Our stay here was for a surprise birthday treat for my husband. What a fantastic find it was – this hotel is amazing. The staff all go the extra mile for you to ensure that your stay is nothing less than perfect.
When we arrived at the hotel the receptionist greeted us and arranged some food for us even though we had arrived later than expected and the restaurant was closed. Dining room staff and reception staff all greeted us so cheerily every day.
The housekeeping staff were so discreet that we never met them but they were efficient and kept our beautiful room in pristine condition. Everyone made our experience in Bordeaux wonderful. We visited the owners vineyard for a complementary guided tour & wine tasting.
We also visited the Art Institute that Bernard Magrez owns which is just opposite the hotel. Our meals in the hotel’s Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant were the absolute pinnacle of our stay. The food was stunningly presented, unique and delicious and quite obviously created with great love and care.
Thank you so much to Julien, the General Manager for taking us into the kitchen to meet the chef and his team – it was the highlight of our stay to see where and how our wonderful meals were prepared.
So many little touches that make it so special – on our departure we were handed a little bag with bottles of water and home made lemon cake for our journey. Will definitely be returning and would highly recommend.
To be sure, it is a tribute to Magrez’s substantial support for the fine arts. Set in an imposing white edifice, it holds an array of modernist sculptures and paintings by a range of contemporary artists.
Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras, holder of 2 Michelin stars, and Hotel and Restaurant Director Julien Gardin at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
This is accompanied by Poulette style frog’s legs, cockscomb, and nettle with white asparagus in a bowl with green asparagus sauce. Finally, the third plate, the coup de grace, is an asparagus ice cream with a cardamom foam.
2 Star Michelin Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras takes Pierre Gagnaire’s vision of culinary excellence and creates an unrivaled evening of extraordinary Haute Cuisine.
To the right are the two dining rooms with high ceilings and fiery elegance under crystal chandeliers. An array of large windows surrounds the rooms.
Their fervor and passion is infectious. Their gratitude and energy shows in their every breath. To be sure they are well aware of the special nature of their confluent energies. It is clear how it has manifested itself in this space.
Sommelier Nalin Dimitri is 29 and takes this chance to explore the great wines of Bordeaux. To illustrate, tonight it is a Grand Cru waltz thru a series of Bernard Magrez’s greatest vino-cultural triumphs.
Hostellerie Le Cedre, Le Clos du Cedre, and the amazing Chef Christophe Ledru La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez – Dinner at Pierre Gagnaire
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights on our honeymoon. The staff were exceptional. They were friendly, highly attentive and made us feel special. We stayed in ‘Contemplation’ the room was beautifully decorated and we loved the bath after a long day sight seeing and wine tasting.
The hotel offers complimentary entry to the Wine Museum and the in-room mini bar is also complimentary, which is a nice touch for a 5 star premises. We loved the place so much we extended our stay. Highly recommend.
Server Adrien Cerdiera is 22 years old but has spent years at other Michelin starred restaurants, including a year at the Chateau Fontainebleau.
Blue Lobster Chateau Le Grand Chenes at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Place de la Bourse along the riverfront in Bordeaux.(Photo by Alison Reynolds)
At Pierre Gagnaire this is a team that has come to create a scene. Over the course of the next three hours, the evening is a total triumph of all the factors that make for a transcendent restaurant experience.
The Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2011 Grand Cru Sauterne at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Dinner begins at Pierre Gagnaire at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Without doubt, it enunciates the pinnacle of his artistic expression in this, his grandest conceptual framework.
In addition, dessert is served with a remarkable Bernard Magrez Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2011 Grand Cru Sauterne. This elegant dessert wine is the 3rd of Magrez’s Grand Cru estates sampled tonight.
Jean-Denis Le Bras was rewarded in his first year with two Michelin stars, a stunning achievement. After experiencing an evening of Haute Cuisine at Pierre Gagnaire, it seems clear that a third star may not be far away.
The Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, as seen from the window of La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Above all, it is a confluence of Grand Hotel, Michelin starred Haute Cuisine, culture, art, modernism, tradition, wine, education and the long history of Bordeaux.
This exquisite property is the flagship of long time leading Bordeaux wine pioneer Bernard Magrez. Accordingly, it has an exclusivity and presence that is unparalleled.
A sumptuous king size bed is accentuated by deep mauve upholstery chairs and matching patterned carpeting. Of course the bathroom is an extravaganza unto itself.
We stayed there 4 nights. Beautiful building across museum. Location is not in the center, about 20 minutes walk or take Uber, it was very easy. Front desk is great, friendly and very helpful. they have outside patio for breakfast.
Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Likewise, the lobby is an exploration of flowing architecture and modern art. A stirring glass molecular sculpture dominates the atrium.
The clientele is extremely upscale. The room is abuzz with the glow of a special occasion. Moreover, the atmosphere is classy, but not uptight, gorgeously refined but not stuffy. The glow of the chandeliers is as warm as the delight on the faces of the dinner guests.
Chef Le Bras is a genial genius, running his kitchen with precision and a jovial aplomb. The excitement that surrounds each evening is palpable.
Of course dinner at Pierre Gagnaire is a revelation of class and style. To demonstrate, the setting is remarkable, a gorgeous room with sparkling chandeliers, high ceilings and the air of a Parisian townhouse.
In the kitchen of Pierre Gagnaire with 2 Michelin starred Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gaganaire – the Service
The early courses are served with a stellar Chateau Magrez Fombrauge 2014 St Emilion Grand Cru. This crisp, clean, elegant white wine is 40% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Gris, and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, effortlessly tantalizing and delightful.
High ceilings lead the eye to the wrought iron staircase and the large modernist portrait of an Asian woman on the wall.
Dear Madam, We would like to thank you for staying with us at La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez and for your warm comments. We are delighted to learn that you had a memorable stay with us and that our team has met your expectations.
We truly hope to welcome you very soon at La Grande Maison de Bernanrd Magrez and at our Pierre Gagnaire restaurant to enjoy our latest creations. Best regards, The Management Team.
La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez is a gleaming white limestone mansion set just off the street in a tony neighborhood of Bordeaux. Hence, upon arriving it is clear that this is no ordinary property.
Sculture and art inside the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Chateau Magrez Fombrauge 2014 St. Emilion Grand Cru at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The kitchen at Pierre Gagnaire during service at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
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Literally, just down the road from fellow Grand Cru stalwart Haut-Brion, it is unmistakably the prize marquis vineyard of Magrez’s four separate Grand Cru Estates.
It is a salon, with exquisite furnishings and open space. In effect, it beckons the anticipation of an extraordinary evening.
The bar area and breakfast room at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The taste is incalculable, each morsel a new vision of a grand classic, redefined. Each dish is a revelation, a first in a lifetime experience, like a science fiction dinner on a planet of its own.
Pierre Gagnaire Sommelier Nalin Dimitri at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (photo by Alison Reynolds)
It captures the depth of subtle sweetness in an award-winning Sauterne. Likewise, it perfectly complements the 7 extraordinary desserts, cleansing the palate with divine elegance between each plate.
The Privilege Room “Contemplation” at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
At last, the climax of the meal is a Veal terrine with morels mushrooms and cuttlefish ravioli with turmeric in a piquillos pepper puree.
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Chef Le Bras and Julien Gardin bring the vision of Bernard Magrez and Pierre Gagnaire to life. Indeed, they have created a microcosm of greatness wrapped in historic elegance.
Gagnaire brought in his longtime lieutenant Jean-Denis Le Bras as the Chef de Cuisine. Likewise, Le Bras then brought in his longtime restaurant manager Julien Gardin to recreate this landmark flagship restaurant in Bordeaux here at La Grand Maison.
Loiseau des Ducs in Dijon and the rising star of Chef Louis-Philippe Vigilant In the kitchen at Pierre Gagnaire with Chef Jean-Denis Le Bras
The landmark National Opera House of Bordeaux. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Blue lobster Chateau Le Grand Chenes is of another world. Subtle flavors emerge, enhanced with a lard of “Porc noir Gascon”, spring onions, baby carrots, and broad beans.
Small but extremely elegant and captivating. The Maison likes to think of itself as a dining establishment with several rooms in which guests can retire. This is very true and the number of tables greatly exceeds the six available rooms.
The staff here are extremely professional and gracious. The room was remarkably sound-proof and cozy. It was tastefully decorated in wine tones that reflect a previous era. The room itself and the bathroom are spotlessly appointed.
You may feel as if you are the first person that has ever occupied the space. Each room has a theme. I believe ours was wisdom. The mattress was topnotch, as were the linens and toiletries. One issue we experienced was our early Sunday morning departure.
To catch our flight, we had to leave at the crack of dawn. Alas, the rooms are up a lengthy flight of stairs. We had three large, heavy suitcases. On staff at that hour was a single slight female. There is no elevator and the slight woman could not manage the bags by herself so I had to drag them down.
I had just taken a shower and this series of maneuvers made me sweaty, something I like to avoid at all costs before a full day’s flight.
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Large white asparagus under smoked glass at La Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)