THE CITE DES VINS IN CHABLIS
promoting the chablis and grand auxerrois winegrowing regions
The Chablis region covers around 20 communes and has been called “the Golden Gateway to the Bourgogne Region”. There are 47 Climats here, with names like Vaudésir, Blanchot, Grenouilles, Fourchaume, and Montée de Tonnerre that resonate with a fabulous history.
The Grand Auxerrois also has unique qualities. It is home to a varied range of Regional and Village appellations across a multitude of ancient winegrowing areas like the Jovinien, the Auxerrois, the Vézelien, and the Tonnerrois. There are also other varietals than the traditional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir typically found in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, expanding the offer even further. These include Aligoté, Sauvignon Blanc, Melon, Sacy, César, and Gamay. This diversity makes the Grand Auxerrois region just as attractive as the neighboring Chablis territory. The vineyard of the Châtillonais also takes its place as the vineyard of Northern Burgundy.
IN CHABLIS AT THE CELLIER DU PETIT PONTIGNY
Tucked away in the vines, its international reputation makes this village a global icon for wine lovers. With most of its revenue coming from winegrowing, Chablis is a picture-postcard of a typical winegrowing village. As the figurehead of the Chablis an d Grand Auxerrois region, Chablis was an obvious location for the Cité des vins in the Yonne. The charming Cellier du Petit Pontigny will receive the Cité in the heart of the village.
THE ARCHITECTURAL APPROACH
The Atelier Correia Architectes & Associés has been selected for this ambitious project.
The ambition of this architectural approach is to establish a link between past, present, and future through historical structures
An expressive contemporary approach
The project proposed by Correia consists of restructuring the Cellier du Petit Pontigny, a heritage building dating back to the 12th century, and completing it with a contemporary extension designed with respect for this ancient heritage and resulting a surface area of something nearing 900m2.
The contemporary wing will be separated from the old building, while the whole will surround a garden that is the perfect place for a stroll.
A “PROMENADE” BUILDING SHOWCASING THE VEGETABLE AND THE MINERAL
Visitors will be invited to stroll along the “Climats trail”, an innovative educational sloping path that reveals the different strata in the Chablis terroir and provides a place for sensorial discovery.
As such, the visitor experience begins in the entrance to this public exterior, which will be made to create a micro-landscape inspired by rows of vines in a space to animate over the seasons.
THE SCENOGRAPHIC APPROACH
Neither a museum nor an exhibition space, the Cité in Chablis, as conceived by the team from Studio Adeline Rispal, will be a unique and innovative place that focuses on offering visitors a sensorial experience.
Visitors will experience the richness, variety, and subtlety of Bourgogne wines.
The will understand how wine is all about time in all its guises and on all its scales (civilization, heritage, geology, vinification, conviviality, and passion)
The scenographic approach will be organized around three key elements that will overlap:
- A unique universe of material strata to touch and immaterial ones to admire and to listen to, like an immersive landscape
- A landscape of words to make the Climats understandable and allow visitors to become intoxicated with the language of wine
- A sound environment with natural sound effects and melodies to reinforce the sensation of immersion
The visitor’s every sense will be required, with tactile, visual, olfactory, and acoustic sensations galore.
Visitors will immerse themselves down through the strata, constructing their own experience of wine.