Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Imprecision of journalists

Tuesday evening, we will be part of the wine event organized by Leclerc supermarket in Saint Magne de Castillon. Like last year, we will pour Constance 2005 and other wines. They have one of the best wine section in the South West and god knows how many there are.

Again on Tuesday, the harvest started at Château La Commanderie de Mazeyres in Pomerol. The label and back label created by our distribution partner (Cordier) for this wine is, I think, totally in phase with the wines produced by this beautiful property of 10 ha located in the city of Libourne (a bit like Château Quinault or Château Pape Clément).

Saturday 29, Murielle and I are invited to one of the Rugby World Cup matches taking place in Bordeaux: Australia-Canada. It will be the first time that I will attend a match live in a stadium. When Murielle was younger, she played in a women’s rugby team.

Thursday 27 evening, I will attend a dinner organized at Clément Pichon around the theme “entrepreneur of the year”, which usually concerns Mr. Clément Fayat.

Murielle will be attending the inaugural of the new cellar at Marojallia which is becoming a superb place where luxurious rooms (330 euros per night) surround the cellar and the reception rooms. All of this with the vineyards in front and next to prestigious classified growths, including Château Margaux. In Saturday, September 15’s issue of the Figaro, an article signed by Bernard Burtschy on the “Foires aux Vins” (wine sales), there was a good comment on Virginie de Valandraud 2004: “the second wine from the garage wine Valandraud, a Saint Emilion worth some of the first growths sold in Leclerc”.

To end these notes, while reading the supplement of Geo about wines of the world, I learned that I am an oenologist and that Parker gave Valandraud 100 points!
I note: “We now go to Clive Torr leader of the “Garagists”. This term was created in 1992, when Jean-Luc Thunevin, a French oenologist, produced “Château Valandraud” in his garage, with grapes from saint Emilion. Tasted blind by Robert Parker, it received the maximum note of 100!”

On the wholesale side, 13,002 bottles of Closerie de Mazeyres 2006 were sold exclusively by an important brokerage firm to one of our very important colleagues negociant in Bordeaux and faithful customer of the Vignobles Clément Fayat. They will distribute this wine in traditional networks, in other words any networks outside of supermarkets (wines stores, restaurants, consumers…)

We are still not harvesting. We will maybe start around September 27/28, La Dominique is going on slowly, Fronsac is waiting, as well as Margaux and our Bordeaux. In the Roussillon, Jean-Roger, Marie and our employees are busy. Dominio de Pingus of my friend Peter Sisseck is also waiting, it is amazing to have the same reflexes in certain vintages in Ribera del Duero and Bordeaux. The altitude of Ribera is a possible explanation.

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