Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Bordeaux 2003 and visit of Ronald de Groot

Neal Martin published his notes and comments on Bordeaux 2003 : Valandraud reached 3rd position in the Right Bank behind Ausone and Cheval Blanc. Jancis Robinson placed our wine in 3rd position overall Bordeaux.

Friday, the Dutch journalist Ronald de Groot spent the afternoon and evening with us. First stop Château La Dominique where a reception for the new tasting/reception room was organized by Clément Fayat for a small group of guests. We spent a pleasant moment, almost family-like, with a great meal and an excellent Château La Dominique 1990. This bottle proved, as if it needed it, the exceptional potential of this château which I have the honor to manage in order to reach the target set by the Fayat family (Clément, Jean Claude and Laurent).

We spent the afternoon at L’Essentiel tasting a series of “Thunevin” wines including the Roussillon.

For dinner, we only drank the Blanc No 1 2004, Les 3 Maries 2004 and the Maury 2004. Only in France you finish a meal at 4:30 pm and do it all again at 7 pm!

One more note, Valandraud is like a 6 year old racing horse who, since May 20 2004, earned 32,900 Euros.

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