Le Saint-James occupies buildings designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. They nestle in the delightful little village of Bouliac, in the heart of wooded grounds and a garden fragranted with citrus and antique roses. Inspired by the old tobacco drying lofts, four pavilions, linked by a gallery, create a modern pure space. Far away, you can see the Landes of Gascogne forest, the biggest collection of maritime pines in Europe. The gourmet cuisine served here is one of its major attractions. The chef at Le Saint-James serves cuisine which is full of flavour and based on local market ingredients. The selection of wines from its outstanding cellar and its panoramic views of Bordeaux add the finishing touches.
In the kitchens is Chef Nicolas Magie, affecting his own culinary wonders. Originally from Cenon, the Aquitaine region is one of his sources of inspiration, as are the ingredients found during each day’s market shopping. Having worked in restaurants as prestigious as the Biarritz Miramar or Le Crillon in Paris – alongside Chef Christian Constant – he serves inventive, creative cuisine that never strays too far from the great classics, while artfully asserting his own style, one that is memorable to both soul and palate.