An above ground and passive cellar, using only natural materials. The Leflaive estate in Puligny-Montrachet in Burgundy asked AZCA to design a winery for the breeding of its very great white wines in biodynamics end of 2010. Pioneer for more than 20 years in this extremely environmentally friendly agriculture, the estate was keen to extend its philosophy to architecture and build a building that looks like it. The cellar had to resonate with their principles and propose a space that could accommodate 180 oak barrels for the aging of grands crus. In the village, the ground water is very close and does not allow to bury the cellars. At once aesthetic, structural and energetic, the idea of an egg-shaped cellar above ground appeared as a matter of course. The vault is self-supporting, anchored comfortably in the ground and rises to more than 6m50 of height allowing to offer to the wines a very good cosmotelluric verticality. One of the goals was to use only natural, healthy, and local materials. It has therefore been proposed a straw bale filling, from biodynamic culture to promote it. The interior finish of the vault consists of reed panels and two layers of earth rendering. At the foot of the vault the implementation of a wall of compressed earthen brick mortared with the mortar allows to regulate the hygrometry of the place.
> Massive wood reconstituted by nailing (BRC), no use of glue in the building(ship)
> Coated ground in finish
> Insulation in bales of straw biodynamie
> Outside in larch painted in the red ochre bardage
Breeding of very white great wines in biodynamie. An extremely environment-friendly agriculture. Need for a cellar
Bioclimatic in echo with their principles to welcome 180 barrels in oak for the breeding of Grands Crus.
Photographs : Christophe Goussard, Domaine Leflaive & AZCA