Chateaux of Bordeaux 2020: Opportunity is Knocking
Friday, February 7, 2020 in News
Châteaux of Bordeaux 2020: Opportunity is Knocking...
There has never been a better time to experience the wines of Bordeaux. They are better than they have ever been. Buy tickets to the Château of Bordeaux Events Now
Billions of euros have been spent improving vineyards and building state-of-the-art wineries with equipment able to ensure that any less-than-perfect grape is excluded before it gets anywhere near a fermenter -- a fermenter now just as likely to be made of stainless steel as it is of wood.
Winemakers now have access to the very best facilities, and sometimes also the very best advice from highly-paid consultants who understand what the world’s wine-drinkers want and know how to get the desired result -- fresh-tasting wines made from ripe grapes.
New styles are successfully carrying the unrivalled reputation of Bordeaux as the world’s greatest wine region to new generations of wine lovers around the world.
At last even modestly-priced Bordeaux is fully capable of being both savoury and seductive and delivering both elegance and structure.
The fruit character of Bordeaux wine varies enormously, but blackcurrant and spice are often definitive on the Left Bank, with a hint of cedar from oak maturation.
Add plums, licorice and dark chocolate on the Right Bank, where Merlot rules.
Chateaux of Bordeaux 2020 brings the excitement and spirit of a new generation of Bordelais to Australia.
Sydney Dinner Friday 6th March - Studio Neon, Alexandria
At Chateaux of Bordeaux 2020 several properties will be represented by a new generation -- the sons and daughters of their owners. The younger generation will surely carry the new spirit of Bordeaux from France to Sydney and Melbourne in 2020.
Among them are Adrien Bernard (son of Domaine de Chevalier owners Olivier and Anne Bernard), Manon Lorenzetti (daughter of Jacky Lorenzetti, co-owner of Chateaux d'Issan and Pedesclaux), Emeline Borie (daughter of François-Xavier Borie, owner of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste) and Justine Tesseron (daughter of Alfred Tesseron, owner of the over-performing Pontet-Canet).
Also coming are Cyrille Thienpont, winemaker at St-Emilion properties Larcis Ducasse and Pavie Macquin, Henri Lurton, owner of Brane Cantenac, Philippe Blanc, winemaker at Beychevelle, Bénédicte Pinero of Haut Bailly, Magali Pourquie of Langoa and Léoville Barton, and Véronique Dausse of Phélan Ségur.
Melbourne Dinner Sunday 8th March, Regent Theatre’s Cecil B DeMille Suite
The opportunity to meet and taste wines of the great 2016 vintage in such distinguished company is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
You will begin with Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, one of the world’s longest-lived whites, and move on to a ‘new’ dry white from Sauternes, Clos des Lunes 2017, produced only since 2012. Yes, both are blends of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
The 18 reds on tasting include Domaine de Chevalier (again!), Pontet Canet, Beychevelle, Pedesclaux, Grand Puy Lacoste, Phélan Ségur and Brane Cantenac.
It’s some roll-call, with all the great communes of the Left Bank represented, rounded out by a pair of St-Emilions.
The 11 wines to be served at dinners come from the 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 vintages. They include 2000 Domaine de Chevalier, 2009 Langoa Barton, plus d’Issan, Beychevelle and Pontet Canet from the sublime (and perfectly mature) 2010 vintage.
Clos des Lunes ‘Lune d’Argent’ Blanc 2017 and Grand Puy Lacoste 2011 will be served from magnum.
These events are on in Sydney on Friday and Saturday March 6 and 7 and in Melbourne on Sunday March 8. Check your diary now and make the necessary arrangements. If necessary, check airline schedules.
These are events you do not want to miss.
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