The Bordeau Wine Lounge at The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown is dedicated to the enjoyment of fine wines, fine foods and the comfort of good company. Wines from world-renown chateaux of Bordeaux – including Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Gruard Larose, Malescot St Exupery and Lynch Bages – nestle with the best wines of Central Otago and New Zealand in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the Bordeau Wine Lounge. Platters of appetising selections of New Zealand’s finest in-season foods, vegetables, cheeses and condiments, designed specially for The Rees Hotel and freshly prepared by our chef, are presented for your enjoyment. Coffee, prepared to exacting standards, a wide range of fine teas and home baked scones and pastries are constantly available to complete a unique food and wine experience in Bordeau at The Rees Hotel.
The French Connection: In Bordeau we continue the celebration of Central Otago’s culture and heritage – with a strong French twist. It is named for Jules Bordeau – the eccentric old storeman and packer who plodded up and down the Skippers Canyon for over 50 years, providing a lifeline to the goldminers working in its remote reaches. There is a strong French presence in the history of New Zealand’s wine making: – James Busby, the British resident agent and first known winemaker in New Zealand, was trained in Bordeaux. – The Marist Brothers who created our oldest winery, Mission Wines came from France. – The settlers who planted the first vineyards in Akaroa’s French Farm Valley came from the Nantes-Bordeaux Region. – And the first commercial vineyard in Central Otago was established by a French gold prospector Jean Desire Feraud. So, we’ve created Bordeau as a place where guests can taste the best of Central Otago’s pinot noir against the best from the world renowned Chateau of the Bordeaux region.