Tuesday, March 1, 2011

LA SOIREE des GRANDS CRUS "WOWS" 400 Guests with an Evening in BORDEAUX by Philip S. Kampe

As a wine journalist and a native New Orleanian, I feel like I have seen it all, WINE Party and Event wise. From jugglers and trapeze artists at a Beaujolais Celebration in Manhattan to the Patron Saint of the Winegrowers Festival in Chablis, complete with Medieval trumpeters and dancers.
Well, these wine events were upstaged at New York's, soon to be, LEGENDARY New Wine Event, " LA SOIREE des GRANDS CRUS".
The event brought together SEVENTEEN Young Bordeaux Chateau owners and their latest vintages. The backdrop was that of a true WINE CELLAR from Bourdeaux, complete with Wooden Barrels, Vintage wines and Winemakers.
A highlight of the evening was a BLIND Wine Tasting, led by Jean-Luc Le Du of, you guessed it, owner of LE DU Wines. Nine tasters competed for $28,000 worth of prizes, which included a $7690 BREITLING B01 CHRONOMAT Watch and eight Impressive wine lots from Bordeaux..
Food at these events is always a Highlight. Thanks to Bordeaux themed Chocolates from third generation Chocolatier and Patissier FRANCOIS PAYARD of FPBNY Fame and Fabulous Hors d'oeuvres surrounding Castello Blue Cheese, the evening was complete.
In the wine cellar, guests were treated to view the latest fashions from Hugo Boss.
Over a dozen Breitling watches were on display, including the Chronomat B01. For the world traveler, Open Skies sponsored a booth that highlighted a raffle for a rond-trip flight to Paris.
LA SOIREE des GRANDS CRUS highlight was sampling 'Classic Grand Cru Bordeaux's' from each of the Seventeen prsenting vineyards.
The wines awarded to the Blind Tasting Lucky Winners included Special Magnum and Dpoble Magnum Wines from the participating Bordeaux Chateau's.
The wines were divided into eight lots.
Lot#1
Super Star Estates
Chateau MALARTIC-LAGRAVIERE Double Magnun Rouge 2005
Chateau CLOS FOURTET Magnum 2000
Lot#2
Super Star Double Magnums
Chateau RAYNE VIGNEAU Double Magnum 1997
Chateau MEYNEY Double Magnum 2001
Chateau GRAND-PUY DUCASSE Double Magnum 2004
Lot#3
Right Bank Prestige Double Magnums
Chateau LA DOMINIQUE Double Magnum 2004
Chateau CLINET Double Magnum 1996
Lot#4
Superbe 2000
Chateau POUJEAUX Magnum 2000
Chateau SAINT PIERRE Magnum 2000
Lot#5
Left Bank meets Right Bank
Chateau GRAND MAYNE Magnum 2000
Chateau LARRIVET HAUT-BRION 2000
Lot#6
Double Magnums by Women Winemakers
Chateau PRIEURE-LICHINE Double Magnum 2000
Chateau DASSAULT Double Magnum 2008
Lot#7
Ballade a Margaux 2008
Chateau MARQUIS de TERME Magnum 2008
Chateau PRIEURE-LICHINE Magnum 2008
Lot#8
The Oncline Family Heritage
Chateau VILLEMAURINE Magnum 2008
Chateau BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX Magnum 2006
Fortunately eight winners will bring home a slice of Bordeaux to their wine cellars.
The event was attended by 400 guests and will certainly sell out next year.
To learn more about the event, visit www.LaSoireeDesGrandsCrus.com or contact
Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco at Diana@Fraichepr.com
PHILIP S. KAMPE
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