"Roses open your heart" Sylvie Chantecaille says as she sips a rose martini in her flower garden.
"And if you drink rose water, it makes you happy," she adds. This passion for flowers is evident both in her business—she is the founder of an eponymous company that uses rose, jasmine, magnolia and edelweiss in its skin creams, fragrances and cosmetics—and in the summer meals she and her family prepare at home in East Hampton, New York.
Sylvie's love of flowers started years ago and a continent away from the whaling captain's cottage she now calls home. She was born in Paris and spent many childhood summers on a jasmine-scented island near St. Tropez. Her husband, Olivier, Chantecaille's chief financial officer, enjoyed his own close-to-nature upbringing: For generations, his family has owned Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, a boutique vineyard near the more famous Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Today the property produces about 42,000 bottles a year.