Maison Ilan - Le Chambertin 2010

July 26, 2012 13 Comments

This is something new and different and totally exciting for me to share with you all.

Behold my very first wine label design.

From my embarrassingly limited understanding of the world of wine, this label will grace bottles of Maison Ilan's newest vintage of Le Chambertin... which is a Grand Cru from one of the oldest vineyards in one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Burgundy ... which is a Big. Deal.

Not to bad for my first label eh? Everyone who has asked me about this project has asked "oh is it a west coast producer?" and I've relished getting to haughtily inform them that my label is for a French wine.

Really, becoming a wine snob is not hard to do.

The project began with this loose watercolor...

and through the vision of Ray Walker, the man behind the wine, it evolved and became a refined portrait of the vineyard... Next we carefully chose fonts - which I then recreated by hand - confirming yet again that I do not have attention deficit disorder.

Yes, this took a while, to put it mildly. But I couldn't be prouder of how it turned out, or more relieved to know if this whole illustration thing falls through I may have a future as calligrapher.

The finishing flourish was the vine border, which you will notice combines both grapes and roses. This particular vineyard has rose bushes near the rows of vines...

I could go on and on about this and tell you the significance of every line of text, but I'll stop. I may be a wine snob now, but I know when to stop flexing my new found knowledge and get back to what you really want...

So, I'll be back soon with girls and dresses!

Posted in burgundy, french, Inslee, le chambertin, maison ilan, News and Events, vineyard, watercolor, wine


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Chance Watkins
Chance Watkins

September 30, 2015

Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing the article with us; Jesus Christ Bless! :)

adriana
adriana

July 25, 2014

This is magnificent work, congratulations!

Teresa
Teresa

July 25, 2014

This is amazing Inslee!!! Very unique and exciting!

Blair
Blair

July 25, 2014

this is outstanding … really great!

Chiara
Chiara

July 25, 2014

This is BEAUTIFUL, Inslee! I’d buy that wine for the label alone! If only I had a vineyard I could ask you to paint for me too…

Mary
Mary

July 25, 2014

Gorgeous! Makes me want to fill a glass right now!

Lindsay
Lindsay

July 25, 2014

This is beautiful! What an amazing thing to get to do. I would buy this just for the label as well but I have a feeling it won’t fall under my normal wine budget. :)

Erisha
Erisha

July 25, 2014

I think its neat to see different projects. What I want to know is how on earth you got that pattern so symmetrical!? Its gorgeous. Really elegant colors and fonts but not stuffy looking.

cassie
cassie

July 25, 2014

AMAZING Ins!! I love it!!

Phyllis
Phyllis

July 25, 2014

That label would cause me to buy a bottle (and keep it out on the counter!) Really beautiful – and the hand lettered fonts are unbelievable. GREAT job!!

Carol
Carol

July 25, 2014

Fantastic!!!

jen g
jen g

July 25, 2014

I’m obsessed! My boyfriend is a winemaker so I’ve got a soft spot for this! What a beautiful label! I wish you’d sell the watercolor of the vineyard!

Love your illustrations! They’re all so beautiful & I always look forward to seeing what you post next! Not sure how I even came across your blog, but I’m glad I did!

Loved the hydrangeas as well!

Karin
Karin

July 25, 2014

Beautiful!

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