Les Sources de Caudalie, the first Palace to be awarded by the European Ecolabel

24 July 2023

June 2023 marks a momentous turning point for the Bordeaux Palace des Vignes. Les Sources de Caudalie is proud to announce their European Ecolabel certification, fruit of twenty years' commitment to green tourism. The hotel is welcoming Hugo Clément as the patron of its Sources Académie, as a result of collective effort rooted in ongoing training.


For the Tourbier couple - founders of the establishment - eco-responsibility is the primary value in their definition of travel. Alongside them, the entire Sources de Caudalie team is committed to sustainable tourism. Here, luxury is not ostentatious, but the service is tailor-made and respectful of mankind and nature.

Les Sources de Caudalie are determined to use conscious consumption and sustainable development as guiding principles in making decisions and taking action.

In Martillac, a single mantra resounds: reduce, recycle, reuse.



What is the European Ecolabel?


The European Ecolabel stands as the sole official ecological label adopted across all Member States. Designed to promote products and services that embody environmental excellence with minimal impact, it serves as a symbol of distinction.

It is awarded for a period of two years, renewable through a new audit. The criteria are regularly reviewed to ensure that high standards are continuously upheld.


Tangible action taken at Les Sources of Caudalie…


The hotel has made bold commitments to reduce its carbon footprint, protect biodiversity, and include its suppliers and service providers in these environmental choices.

This eco-responsible approach manifests itself firstly in conserving resources by reducing water and energy consumption. All waste is sorted and recycled and undergoes a precise tracking procedure monthly to align with reduction targets.

In the hotel's restaurants, the focus is on showcasing produce from the in-house garden. What is not cultivated on-site using permaculture principles is sourced primarily from Nouvelle Aquitaine. The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant offers only one meat dish with controlled portion sizes, all aimed at minimizing its impact.

In guest rooms, various eco-friendly measures have been implemented. Shower products have been redesigned to be offered in larger, recyclable containers. These cosmetics, made in France, have a minimum of 95% natural ingredients. Disposable amenities have been replaced with reusable items. Single-use water bottles have been swapped for on-site filtered water presented in sterilized, reusable glass bottles. Linen renewal is limited, and slippers have become biodegradable.


Internal awareness-raising


It is thanks to collective effort above all that the measures adopted at the Palace have been so successful. Through the Sources Académie, employees receive ongoing training, both from external trainers, who award certification, and from the most experienced employees, who provide intra-company training to share their knowledge.