Dossier: Alice Tourbier, Les Sources de Caudalie

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The Good Life

Alice Tourbier loves antique furniture, Florentine pizza, and French wine.

A suite at Les Sources de Caudalie.
Bordeaux's Les Sources de Caudalie.

Originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of Virtuoso Life.
Name: Alice Tourbier
Title: Co-owner, Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France
What’s your definition of luxury?
Authenticity, well-being, and exceptional service.
You decorated all of your hotel’s 61 rooms, including 12 new suites. What’s your design philosophy?
I consider design a way to magnify the beautiful views of our vineyards, lake, and garden. The rooms are furnished with a mix of antique furniture and shabby-chic pieces that I’ve had repaired. I like giving them a second life.
Favorite weekend getaway in France?
I was born near the French Alps and love to ski. My husband, Jérôme, and I rent out our chalet at Méribel resort and we invite friends there whenever it’s not being used.
Besides your family’s own Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate, where the hotel is located, what are a few of your favorite wineries in Bordeaux?
I have too many friends in Bordeaux to include on my list, but drinking a special vintage from the Médoc region is like plunging into history. I always think about what life was like at the time it was first aged.
Somewhere new you’d like to visit in 2016?
I’ve never been to Australia and look very much forward to visiting this year.
Your sister, Mathilde, founded the Caudalie beauty line, which uses grape-seed oil from your family’s estate. Do you have a favorite product?
Her Eau de Beauté elixir is a miracle product. It was inspired by a Hungarian queen who was known for her beauty and youthful appearance.
What’s your favorite city to visit?
Florence I love walking everywhere and eating pasta and pizza. But after a few days, I am happy to return to my French wines.

(Alice Tourbier photo, above: Kevin J. Miyazaki)