Rémy Graillot, a passionate entertainer, delights in sharing the incredible story of his estate, Lestang 1573, nestled in the picturesque Sancerre region of France. To enrich this narrative, he has enlisted the talented Joséphine Fossey from the eponymous research and design firm. Their shared objective is to strike a perfect balance between history and a new chapter, heritage and contemporary aesthetics. Joséphine Fossey is dedicated to transforming Château Lestang 1573 into a dedicated space for art in all its forms, from literature to visual arts, embracing the rich history of the estate.
The winery shines in the principle of total art, seamlessly blending vintage with contemporary design. Emphasizing noble and natural materials, as well as craftsmanship, it features notable works such as that of emerging designer Pauline Esparon. Esparon plays with raw linen fiber to reveal its inherent qualities and promote local production. Another highlight is the in-situ installation by artist Mathias Kiss, a permanent artistic expression that harmoniously contrasts with and complements the natural surroundings. Indoors and outdoors, Kiss uses mirrors to transform space and capture light, blurring the boundaries between art and craft, reality and illusion. This installation marks the initial highlight of an ambitious art collection, inviting other artists to enrich the estate with evolving creations through the seasons.
Combining natural and architectural features
In the exquisite hall, the boundary between inside and outside effortlessly dissolves, as natural light moves inside like a form of art, beautifully translating the surroundings. A table beckons for prolonged meals, allowing one to simultaneously savor the lush nature unfolding like a living painting. The garden, vast and boundless, rivals a picturesque vineyard, forming a harmonious contrast with the architecture of the building. Every element appears meticulously placed, merging natural and architectural features to create an oasis of tranquility, inviting individuals to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the surroundings. Their approach seeks a harmonious balance between history and contemporary innovation, transforming the estate into a dedicated space for art in all its forms. Literature holds a special place within the castle, making various appearances. The interior of the winery aims to reflect the principles of total art. Rémy Graillot and Joséphine Fossey weave a beautiful tale of history and breathe life into contemporary art. This synergy of history, art, and aesthetics culminates in a unique experience at Château Lestang 1573, where the past and present harmoniously converge.
Photography by Alice Mesguich
Text by Lente Gevers