Monday, January 3, 2011

Coming up in NYC: First Annual Soirée des Grands Crus

Consider joining a group of new generation owners of Bordeaux chateaux in New York City for the First Annual Soirée des Grands Crus, to be held on Thursday evening, January 27, 2011. The evening will feature tastings of 29 wines and offer wine enthusiasts a rare opportunity to connect with 17 proprietors representing 23 illustrious Bordeaux estates.

The event will showcase wines from both the Left Bank (Pessac-Léognan, Margaux, Saint-Éstèphe, and Saint-Julien) and the Right Bank (Saint-Émilion and Pomerol) of the Garonne River. Guests will taste the châteaux’ most recently released vintages and will be able to place orders directly with the châteaux for purchase via Le Du’s Wines in the West Village.

Châteaux owners scheduled to participate include Basile Tesseron of Château Lafon-Rochet (Saint-Éstèphe Grand Cru Classe); Stephen Carrier of Château de Fieuzal (Pessac Léognan); Jean-Jacques Bonnie of Château Malartic Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé de Graves); Emilie Gervoson of Château Larrivet Haut-Brion (Pessac Léognan); Jean-Michel LaPorte of Château La Conseillante (Pomerol); Ronan Laborde of Château Clinet (Pomerol); Mathieu Cuvelier of Château Clos Fourtet (Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé); Laurence Brun of Château Dassault (Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé); and Jean- Antoine Nony of Château Grand Mayne (Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé.

The evening will feature “The Breitling Grand Cru Challenge,” a blind tasting activity for attendees hosted by Jean-Luc Le Du of Le Du’s Wines and wine expert George Sape. The guest who can identify the selected vintages will win the grand prize of a Breiting Chronomat B01 watch (suggested retail value of $7690). Other prizes include some notable bottles of Bordeaux, including several magnums and double magnums.

For more info and to buy tickets, visit:  Tickets: General Admission (7:30-11p.m.) $185;| Early Access (limited availability, 6-11p.m.): $ 250.  The event will be held at 82 Mercer St., NYC.

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