Frédéric Engerer talks personal taste: Part One

Frédéric Engerer has been president of Château Latour since 1998. He is also responsible for François Pinault’s other wine properties: Domaine d’Eugénie in Burgundy and Château Grillet in the Rhône Valley

Frédéric Engerer at Château Latour in Pauillac
Frédéric Engerer at Château Latour in Pauillac | Image: Lea Crespi

My personal style signifier is a Boucheron Reflet XL Château Latour Millésime 2005 watch, one of only 100 produced [in 2010]. The marquetry face is made from an oak barrel in which the great 2005 Latour was aged. I was closely involved in the project. The watch is powered by Girard-Perregaux, whose former CEO, the late Luigi Macaluso, was a good friend and a real wine lover.

The last thing I bought and loved was a lithograph by Victor Vasarely that I found at the Fondation Vasarely. I’m a big fan of cubism and geometric forms, so I’ve always been drawn to Vasarely, especially his 3-D work. 1 Avenue Marcel Pagnol, 13090 Aix-en-Provence (+334-4220 0109;

Boucheron Reflet XL Château Latour Millésime 2005 watch
Boucheron Reflet XL Château Latour Millésime 2005 watch | Image: Lea Crespi

The best souvenir I’ve brought home is my official pass with the Senegal ski team from the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer. In my 20s I raced competitively and befriended Lamine Guèye, the Senegalese downhill skier. He asked me to be his coach at the Games and I agreed. We’re still close friends. No one ever believes my story, which is why I’ve always kept the pass.

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Martín Berasategui in San Sebastian. I used to go to El Bulli every year without fail, but then it closed, so now I go to Berasategui. The food is fantastic – cutting-edge cuisine with the best ingredients. At the same time, it’s relaxed and friendly. The wine list is very good, too. Loidi Kalea 4, 20160 Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa (+34943-366 471;


The last music I bought was La Seine by Vanessa Paradis & M. I buy a lot of music, often to help bridge the generation gap with my kids, Charlotte, 14, Louise, 11, and Josephine, 7. One of our favourite tracks is Down the Road, by C2C, which we all sing along to at home or in the car.

The best gift I’ve given recently was an insect artwork by Christopher Marley for a friend’s 50th birthday. I bought it at Le Bon Marché in Paris. I’d love to buy more but his website doesn’t seem to deliver to France. From $672;

Engerer’s C.T.A lithograph by Victor Vasarely, 1965
Engerer’s C.T.A lithograph by Victor Vasarely, 1965 | Image: Lea Crespi

An object I would never part with is my iPad. It surprises me that I’ve given up reading the print versions of my morning papers, Les Echos and L’Equipe, quite so quickly. I also use it to catch up on magazine features and check out Alain Passard’s video recipes on Le Point. And for work, it is indispensable, especially when I am travelling and giving tastings on three different estates. If I need technical information, it’s all at my

An indulgence I’d never forego is my annual skiing holiday with my children and girlfriend, Sylvine. It’s our best family time. What I like is our being together 100 per cent and sharing this experience. We usually go to St Christoph am Arlberg in the Austrian Tyrol. It’s small, traditional and perfect for us. And the resort is connected with St Anton, Lech and Zürs, so we’re never short of skiing options.

La Seine by Vanessa Paradis & M
La Seine by Vanessa Paradis & M

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a pair of grey trousers from Brunello Cucinelli. They are incredibly comfortable and just make you feel good.

The thing I’m eyeing next is an old Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet. Also, the Homage to Mondrian cabinet by Shiro Kuramata, made by Cappellini. From£9,901;

Coleoptera Mosaic by Christopher Marley, $2,115
Coleoptera Mosaic by Christopher Marley, $2,115 | Image: Christopher Marley

The grooming staple I’m never without is skincare by H20, which I stock up on when I am in the US. Also, Cade Shaving Cream by L’Occitane. L’Occitane Cade Shaving Cream, £16;

My favourite website is that of marketing and advertising agency Translation, which challenges you to think and communicate more effectively. It demands some mental gymnastics, but it’s always worth the effort.


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