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Although Georgia, Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) and Greece are credited as the birthplace of wine, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal quickly took the lead in worldwide viticulture. These four Latin European countries entrenched their viticultural supremacy through the advent of Christianity, the establishment of monasteries in Western Europe over the first millennium, and their conquest of the other continents in the second millennium. The clergy’s biblical message advocating wine consumption helped them secure control of winemaking over fifteen centuries.


Italy, France, Spain and Portugal are today the countries that produce the most popular and sought-after wines. Their different viticultural regions have one thing in common: all were built by Cistercian, Benedictine, Carthusian or Franciscan monks. These monks were tasked with managing farms for the local lords, and their efforts are the reason that the term cru—which comes from the French verb croître (to grow)—is today associated with excellence in wine.


It wasn’t until the uprisings of the Renaissance and especially the civil revolutions at the end of the 18th century in Europe, particularly in France, that the farming and viticultural land was redistributed to the populace. The wine trade had until then, with just a few exceptions, been strictly domestic. International commercialization is what ultimately led to the democratization of wine.


It’s interesting that cities like Dijon, Lyon, Turin, Florence, Barcelona, Lisbon and Coimbra are not known for winemaking. Instead, this distinction is reserved for the towns that border these major cities, villages that would be almost unheard of if they had not been elevated to the level of cru!


Today’s top wines whose names instantly evoke excellence, such as Vosne-Romanée, Aloxe-Corton, Barbaresco, Barolo, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Saint-Émilion and many others, were almost exclusively consumed by local lords. Some would occasionally drink wine from distant lands, offered as a gift by a prestigious foreign guest or diplomat. However, these are only anecdotes provided by the occasional secretarial record and did not lead to any established trade.


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Initially, the wines sent to be sold thousands of kilometres from their origin were wines rejected by the elite who found them acrid, sour or unpalatable. The monks were the ones who found a way to fix, improve and, above all, sell these discards. The results were Porto, Madeira, Jerez, Malaga, Marsala, Rivesaltes and other sweet wines, created by adding sugar and brandy to bad wine, transforming it into good, even desirable, wine. The Portuguese, Spaniards, Italians and French shared this development through their monastic orders, while the British took over the trade.


In the mid-18th century, brandy from either fruits or plants was used to amend wine. Two hundred years later, chemical and systemic products from government-funded laboratories took over the role. The ecological revolution was a long time coming; millennials prefer imbibing “natural wine,” considered healthier. This millennium heralds a return to wine’s Latin roots: organic and biodynamic wines are flourishing and 20% of worldwide wine production is projected to be organic by 2030.


These days, grape vines can grow in any soil and at any latitude, with excellent wines even emerging in countries that are not naturally associated with wine production such as England, Canada, Belgium and Poland. Despite such advancements in wine, the original secrets to better wine will always be found in the writings of medieval monks, themselves inspired by Latin sources.



Writer: Guénaël Revel

Cover: © Adrien Olichon

Midtown Manhattan has been buzzing since Aman New York opened its doors in the iconic Crown Building on 5th Avenue. The hotel lives up to the Aman brand’s mission of transporting guests away from the everyday with quiet, sophisticated spaces that exude elegance and warmth. And then there is the Jazz Club: an exclusive evening proposition tucked away in the furthest recesses of the hotel, accessible only through an unassuming secret entrance on West 56th Street.

An evening like no other

First come the knowing glances and anticipatory murmurs as elegantly dressed guests approach their speakeasy-inspired destination. A sense of urgency and rebellion accompanies them as they cross the threshold to behold all 3,000 square feet of Jean-Michel Gathy’s glamorously designed space. Intimate crescent banquettes and tables encircled by sleek upholstered chairs dot the floor beneath soft rings of light. The finishes are exquisite, the palette warm and rich, the lighting moody. Sumptuous curtains drape behind a 1962 Steinway baby grand piano.



The Jazz Club’s programming is varied and exciting—continually evolving at the hands of Creative Director Brian Newman, a six-time Grammy Award nominee. Music legends and the best new talent take the stage every night, with acts ranging from innovative contemporary jazz hybrids to American Songbook classics. Live performances are always followed by DJ sets that extend into the early morning hours.



When the time inevitably comes to partake in sips and bites, Aman New York’s snack menu proposes tantalizing options including seared A5 wagyu and a truffled grilled cheese sandwich, alongside an impressive list of wine, champagne, and spirits. Original cocktails inspired by Aman’s many global destinations envelop the senses with the addition of unique essences such as pandan from Indonesia and shisho from Japan.  

Astonishing sound for exclusive events

The Jazz Club is fully equipped with some of the most advanced acoustic technologies in the world. Full-length sound dampening integrated into the walls, an abundance of loudspeakers and microphones, network, audio and fibre-optic patch bays can handle the setup requirements of any event from album recordings and launches to private parties.Performers and audience members will live a dynamic sound experience unlike any other thanks to the Constellation©system from Meyer Sound Laboratories. The technology allows the venue to actively optimize sound so that audience members can appreciate every nuance in the music while also being able to carry on a conversation at the table.


Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Live performances from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Reservations required.



Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Photos: © Courtesy of Aman

Excitement is in the air as Toronto’s Bathurst Street stands on the cusp of a long-term revitalization plan. An elegant boutique hotel and luxury residence project led by Lanterra Developments is fuelling the buzz, alongside city-led proposals to transform the Glen Park neighbourhood. At the intersection of Bathurst and Glencairn, Glenhill Condominiums will merge seamlessly with the Glenhill Hotel in a magnificent nine-storey building offering incomparable services and amenities.

A perfect addition to the community

Residents and visitors alike will be accommodated in 127 residential units and 23 hotel suites in the up‑and‑coming area, which is already home to community services and well-loved restaurants. The Glenhill project shares a 260-foot border with the adjacent park on the west side and will house 1,020 m2 of ground-floor retail and commercial space.


“Glenhill Hotel will mark the first hotel in the area as the Glen Park neighbourhood becomes an increasingly desirable destination. Integrated with one of our most elegant and luxurious condominium projects yet, this will be a perfect addition to the community,” says Mark Mandelbaum, Chairman of Lanterra Developments.



“Glenhill Hotel will mark the first hotel in the area as the Glen Park neighbourhood becomes an increasingly desirable destination. Integrated with one of our most elegant and luxurious condominium projects yet, this will be a perfect addition to the community.”

– Mark Mandelbaum, Chairman of Lanterra Developments

Thoughtful spaces, impeccable design

Lanterra Developments entrusted the design of the Glenhill Hotel and Condominiums to two local firms. IBI Group is behind the project’s iconic structure, featuring a green roof and cascade of upper-floor balconies. The Porte Cochère Entrance and Glencairn Residential Entrance in the precut framed base each lead to their own grand lobby, welcoming hotel guests and residents into its quietly sophisticated fold. Lavish touches by Studio Munge dress the interiors with impressive natural stone columns and custom-cut marble floors.



The generously fenestrated building offers two- and three-bedroom residential suites, ranging from 1,000 to over 5,000 sq. ft., and hotel suites of 500 to 1,000 sq. ft., with ceilings of up to 10 ft. Buyers can adapt their spaces to their lifestyle by choosing custom finishes, including a soaker tub or glass panel shower, perfect for luxuriating at the end of a long day.

Lavish amenities

In addition to dedicated recreational and functional spaces made available exclusively to either occupants or guests, as well as common areas accessible to all, the Glenhill Hotel and Condominiums provides every conceivable luxury to its patrons. Fitness, relaxation, business, casual gatherings, formal events, and day-to-day living are supported and enhanced by luxury facilities and a 24-hour concierge. With expertise honed in part by his prior ownership of Toronto’s Thompson Hotel and Le Germain Hotel, hospitality consultant Tony Cohen of Global Edge Investments ensures the hotel experience is unmatched.



Occupancy and hotel grand opening set for winter 2024

Residential units starting at $1.1 M

Glenhill Amenities

  • 24/7 concierge service
  • Porter service
  • Parcel delivery room
  • Dedicated lobbies for hotel guests and condominium residents
  • Porte Cochère Entrance
  • Glencairn Residential Entrance
  • Meeting rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor lounges
  • Banquet facility
  • Private event space
  • Bar
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Cabanas
  • Hot tub and saunas (dry and steam)
  • Treatment room
  • Fitness room
  • Yoga studio
  • Second-level terrace with landscaped deck
  • Outdoor gazebos and seating areas
  • Outdoor shower and foot bath
  • Stretching area
  • BBQ areas
  • Library
  • Green roof


Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Photos: © Lanterra Developments

Franco-Swiss watchmaker Orkos has developed an innovative solution to theft, loss, and unauthorized use of luxury watches. Watchlock® is the world’s first patented bracelet clasp with an easy-to-use micro-locking system that keeps fine watches secure; protecting a legacy that can be passed down through generations.

A personal mission

 Orkos founder and CEO Sébastien Buonomo came up with the idea, driven by the desire to preserve the connection between himself and a loved one embodied by his own timepiece that holds irreplaceable sentimental value. Buonomo’s vision caught the attention of engineer and prestige watchmaker Bruno Herbet, who joined the team as technical director. Together, Buonomo and Herbet are working to meet the needs of a clientele that wants the freedom to wear their watches worry free during all of life’s many adventures.


 Outstanding technology and design

The Watchlock® system is 100% Swiss made in Geneva from 316L stainless steel and composed of a folding bracelet clasp and accompanying Smart and Safe key ring to easily lock and unlock the mechanism. Each clasp is assembled with care and precision and laboratory checked in a rigorous verification process overseen by Boucledor SA craftspeople—leaders in the manufacturing of premier watch clasps.


Watchlock® clasps are designed to integrate seamlessly with most watch bands. They are available in four finishes and come in a case along with everything necessary for the watch owner or their preferred watchmaker to install the clasp with ease.

The world’s first bracelet clasp with an integrated micro-locking system


Available at select Watchlock® distributors


Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Art and nature meld perfectly in the Fondation Louis Vuitton, perched like a graceful bird in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne. Dedicated to showcasing and promoting art, the museum designed by Frank Gehry is a masterpiece in and of itself. With a breathtaking permanent collection and temporary exhibitions—plus stunning recitals, performances, and events—the museum preserves modern and contemporary art in all its forms, immersing treasures and visitors alike in its refined beauty. One has only to step through the doors of the dazzling Fondation Louis Vuitton to fall under its spell.


© Iwan Baan

Monet–Mitchell: A Thrilling Convergence

In staging an unprecedented conversation between painters Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell, the museum’s two temporary exhibitions reveal the unique, immersive perspectives of both extraordinary artists. “Claude Monet–Joan Mitchell, Dialogue” and “Joan Mitchell, Retrospective” (until February 27, 2023), gather over 100 iconic works spanning multiple floors of the museum—presenting two attuned perspectives of the same scene and Joan Mitchell’s most significant retrospective in 30 years. The result of prestigious partnerships with the Musée Marmottan Monet (“Claude Monet–Joan Mitchell, Dialogue”) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Baltimore Museum of Art (“Joan Mitchell, Retrospective”), the two exhibitions guide visitors through a captivating landscape, showcasing the remarkable visual and thematic correspondences between Monet’s famous water lilies and Mitchell’s abstract depiction of the lush aquatic plants. Strong, graceful echoes resound between the restoration of Monet’s motifs and their transposition through Mitchell’s memory, highlighting the sensitivity of these two great artists and their masterpieces. Stirring and touching, Monet–Mitchell is nothing less than the meeting of two masters of 20th century art.


Joan Mitchell, La Grande Vallée XIV (For a Little While), 1983. Oil on canvas, 280 x 600 cm. Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © The Estate of Joan Mitchell

Claude Monet, Le jardin à Giverny, 1922-1926. Oil on canvas, 93 x 74 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

An immersive, multisensory experience

Beyond its extraordinary temporary exhibitions, the Fondation Louis Vuitton occasions many constant delights and unforgettable memories, from architecture to art, performance to gastronomy. Architect Frank Gehry aimed to “design a magnificent vessel in Paris,” successfully creating an enchanting destination in a bold, innovative setting. With a permanent collection counting more than 100 internationally recognized artists, along with concerts, recitals, dance performances and workshops, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will whet your appetite for beauty—providing the perfect opportunity to dine at Le Frank and taste the marvels of Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos. From morning to evening, Le Frank revisits the classics of French cuisine with a dash of creativity and flavours influenced by the exhibitions, in an atmosphere that only adds to the restaurant’s refined fare. The evening service (by reservation only) is a perfect way to cap off a day of high art.


Joan Mitchell, Quatuor II for Betsy Jolas, 1976. Oil on canvas, 279.4 x 680.7 cm. Centre Pompidou, Paris, on loan to the Musée de Grenoble. © The Estate of Joan Mitchell

Claude Monet, Nymphéas, 1916 -1919. Oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

Claude Monet, Les Agapanthes, 1916-1919. Oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

A World of Wonders

The Fondation Louis Vuitton has established itself as a Paris landmark. Showings from the Open Space creative program, extraordinary concerts, and other events are constantly being added to their marvel-packed calendar. The Fondation is worth the visit for the location alone. The Bois de Boulogne boasts 28 km of horseback riding trails and 15 km of foot trails, streams, ponds and the Grande Cascade waterfall, and has been delighting Parisians for more than two hundred years. The mirage-like museum is now a must for itineraries through the City of Light.


Writer: Alexandra Pastena

Cover photo: © Iwan Baan

Right in the middle of the 1st arrondissement, this five-star hotel has been adding to the gilded glory of Paris for two centuries. The art of living reaches the height of refinement at Le Meurice, perfectly situated across from the Jardin des Tuileries along the iconic arcades of the rue de Rivoli.


A veritable Versailles, Le Meurice is among France’s ultra-select Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (living heritage companies). Anyone seeking a princely stay in Paris should luxuriate at least once in this elegant Dorchester Collection hotel. Combining sumptuous classicism and ultra-modern comfort, the beauty of Le Meurice is rivaled only by that of the nearby Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. The hotel’s beautiful history is brought to life by the works of art adorning its walls.

Live the legend

Night or day, the 17th century splendour of Le Meurice astounds. Though it’s the hotel’s rich history as much as its unparalleled opulence that makes it outshine other sumptuous establishments. The soul of the hotel’s master builders and the artists who have stayed here continue to inspire. Dalí and Warhol came to Le Meurice to paint, Zola to write Paris, Picasso to get married, and to this today, Ducasse crafts the finest cuisine in the world between its walls. Yet the hotel transmits its glittering heritage discretely, at every affecting detail, meal, and courtesy.


Exceptional suites

The luxury hotel’s 160 rooms, spread out over seven floors, are full of precious furnishings and tasteful decor. The suites—classic, superior, deluxe, executive and prestige—are all unique, offering stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the Jardin des Tuileries and the Paris skyline. No detail has been overlooked: the suites are plush with silky fabrics, decorated with antique engravings, and fragrant with fresh flowers. The signature Belle Etoile Penthouse Suite reigns supreme among these oases of rest and enchantment, with a 250-square-meter terrace offering a 360-degree view of Paris, direct elevator access, dressing room, dining room and kitchen fit for a private chef and maître D.


A top gastronomic experience from Alain Ducasse 

With two restaurants, three bars and a pastry shop run by great chefs Alain Ducasse and Cédric Grolet, Le Meurice guarantees you’ll dine divinely during your stay. Passion, creativity and excellence are key to Restaurant Le Meurice’s two Michelin stars. The boundless inventiveness of each menu leads to its own, unique pleasures of French gastronomy. Taste the height of happiness whether you sit down to dine at Le Dalí for local and seasonal cuisine, at Le Meurice Alain Ducasse for quintessence of subtlety and technical finesse or the Pâtisserie Le Meurice to savour the desserts of the best pastry chef in the world. And if ever you’d rather rest in bed, the room service is just as delectable. The hotel’s sommeliers, mixologists, maître Ds and fine crews promise an invariably impeccable experience. The afternoon tea is a must, whether you opt for a classic cuppa as a pick-me-up or a glass of champagne.


Prized by lovers of luxury the world over, Le Meurice is a stand-out establishment. Treating yourself to a one night’s stay ensures a lifetime of priceless memories.

At a glance

  • Perfect location opposite the Jardin de Tuileries, a stone’s throw from the Louvre and Place de la Concorde
  • 160 unique rooms
  • Two restaurants (including the Michelin-starred Le Meurice), three bars and a pastry shop
  • Salons and banquet rooms fit for the wedding or event of your dreams
  • Beauty spa with exclusive Maison Valmont anti-aging treatments
  • Exceptional concierge and room service


Writer: Alexandra Pastena

When something extraordinary happens, there’s nothing like opening the cellar doors and celebrating in style. In collaboration with the SAQ, this is the occasion to joyfully taste, celebrate and share the best. This is the pinnacle of the art of wine.


In collaboration with: SAQ

White Wine



La Chablisienne Château Grenouilles Chablis Grand Cru 2018

France, Bourgogne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14921265

PRICE: $120.00

Limpid and brilliant, this Chardonnay offers floral, lightly oaked notes. The texture has great finesse, the nose is sustained. Delicate and sophisticated in the mouth, with aera-tion, it becomes more intense, cloaked in mineral freshness and a superb aromatic after-taste.





Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux 2018

France, Bourgogne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14859836

PRICE: $146.00

A fresh Chardonnay with an assertively floral character and brilliant colour. A long, well-balanced mouth lets the fruit express itself fully. Superior aromatic purity offers a bal-anced and complex finish, saline with a delightful hint of bitterness.






Maison Champy Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2020

France, Bourgogne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14977971

PRICE: $237.25

A wine of pure joie de vivre! This deep golden Chardonnay expresses the natural strength of Corton-Charlemagne. A delicate citrus palette, mineral clay and oaky com-plexity meld as the strength of tradition blends perfectly with youthful freshness.




M. Chapoutier Ermitage De l’Orée 2018

France, Vallée du Rhône, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14778518

PRICE: $312.75

A dry white wine with strong character, this Ermitage is vital and generous. The intense golden yellow colour echoes a nose that is both floral and fruity. Round and complex, full-bodied and spicy in the mouth.





Red Wine



Domaine Camille Giroud Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2019

France, Bourgogne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14965778

PRICE: $372.75

Supple and velvety tannins are on offer in this gorgeous garnet-hued Pinot noir. A round body and exceptional length create a perfect balance between fruit and oak. The animality of the Côtes de Nuits is revealed on the nose and in the mouth.





Roberto Voerzio Fossati Barolo 2017

Italy, Piedmont, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14803859

PRICE: $453.75

A Nebbiolo vintage emblematic of the subtlety of its territory. A light, aromatic body, with rich tannins and floral notes on the nose. With strong, lively acidity and a lingering, earthy finish, this Piedmont wine is energetic, complex and intense.







Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2018

France, Bordeaux, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14200927

PRICE: $516.75

This rich dark red Pauillac is a quintessential Lafite, with tannins so fine as to give an almost powdery texture. The nose is elegant and strong, with almost iodine notes of berries. Generous and refined in the mouth, with a long, lingering finish.





Luciano Sandrone Vite Talin Barolo 2015

Italy, Piedmont, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 14799351

PRICE: $537.25

Full-bodied and contrasting, this well-structured vintage Barolo with deep tannins of-fers an enveloping finesse. Expansive on the nose, with aeration, it reveals all the flavours of sun soaked red fruit, leading to a smoky finish with notes of dried herbs.






French perfumer Guerlain has embodied the essence of luxury since its establishment on Rue de Rivoli in Paris in 1828. The historic brand crafted a scent for Empress Eugénie in the mid-19th century and has since integrated skincare and cosmetic products into its high-end offerings, becoming the reference for fully tailored wellness solutions.


Recently installed at the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, Guerlain brings a remarkable spa experience to the city, adding to a list of world-class destinations including Randheli and Dubai. LUXE sat down with Stéphanie Cherbakow Baron, General Director of the Spa, to learn about a next-level approach to well-being, and to unveil a winter offer that is impossible to resist.  


Guerlain Spa allows clients to step out of their daily lives, from making the reservation to calling the elevator for the return home. Luxurious touches are bestowed at every turn. Upon entering the spa, a shibori towel is offered—its temperature and fragrance adapted to the time of year. Shoes are exchanged for plush Guerlain slippers as a symbolic gesture of leaving the world behind. A sweet morsel on the tongue at the end of each visit allows the experience to linger.



Guerlain’s wellness philosophy embraces a holistic approach that goes beyond on-site treatments. The spa’s knowledgeable therapists can prescribe personalized wellness or beauty plans that help to lessen the effects of repetitive stressors on the body, such as UV rays, blue screen light, and demanding schedules. The brand is also dedicated to the wellness of our planet, having already implemented zero-carbon operations in France that will be extended internationally by 2030.



In each one-of-a-kind experience, guests surrender to a world of beauty and restoration. The Secrets of Indiamassage is administered to the rhythm of a transportive soundscape inspired by the Shalimar Legend. With the five senses engaged, sessions are as enjoyable for the therapist as for the guest. Signature experiences designed to reflect the spirit of Montreal are also proposed; Energy & Glow in Montreal and The Power of Montreal can be combined to restore vitality to the face and offer relief to the body.


Couples can experience the pleasure of a shared experience in the Tonka Impériale treatment room. The most decadent offering, L’imperiale, is a five-hour journey incorporating four treatments adapted to the guest’s needs and a Guerlain bath, along with a signature cocktail and sweets to toast and taste.


A sumptuous line of products developed in Guerlain’s French laboratories is incorporated into each treatment. Created using more than 90% naturally derived ingredients—a rarity in the luxury industry—Guerlain’s body care, cosmetics and perfume collections are among the finest. L’art et la matière, for example,is composed of non-gendered perfumes that evoke moods inspired by works of art. Connoisseurs will have several fragrances in their arsenal to suit different occasions and moods. 




An exclusive offer for LUXE readers! Melt into bliss with an indulgent experience for two, centred entirely around your wellbeing for only $ 440.*

   Two glasses of champagne upon arrival 

   Two attentive 90-minute massages in expert hands

   Upgrade to the couple’s suite, upon availability

* Offer available in Montreal, Monday to Thursday, from January 2 to March 31, 2023, except for February 14 and statutory holidays. Taxes not included.



Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein