Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Parisian life

I got back from Paris having done many things: the Grand Tasting organized by Bettane and Desseauve in the Carrousel du Louvre. It was well attended and better organized than last year. I think I will be attending next year’s event, if there are still available places. I only had to present La Commanderie de Mazeyres 2005 as a part of the Cercle des Grandes Vins de la Rive Droite, which actually allowed me to speak about all the Fayat properties.

A meal at Robert Vifian gave us the opportunity to drink: Krug Grande Cuvée, then a Riesling 2001 Frédéric Emile Trimbach, Meursault Charmes 2001 from Lafon, Hermitage white from Chave paired with a plate of red salade with black eye and scallops, then with the chicken with lemongrass and aromatic rice: cuvees of Clos de Vougeot 1997 from Lalou Bize Leroy, Jean Jacques Confuron, Denis Mortet, Chamirey red 2005, Gevrey Chambertin 2001 from Denis Mortet… With cheese Ridge Lytton Springs 1999, Chateauneuf du Pape Marcoux Vieilles Vignes and Hermitage red from JL Chave.

We had dinner at Tan Dinh where the nice Vietnamese meal was paired with 2 wines served blind: Roc d’Anglade 2001 and Hermitage Gambert de Loche 2003. The table next to us ordered a Clos Badon, which made our evening even more enjoyable.

The cabaret “Chez ma cousine” in Montmartre gave us the opportunity to drink a bottle of Clément Pichon 2000 (correct) and a very good Lagrange 2001. The evening was fun and the place had talented artists. We talked to the owner, a friend from Bordeaux, who complained that we (Bordeaux négociants) had abandoned Paris. Looking at wine lists in restaurants and brasseries only confirms the damage done.

We will make an effort to fix this in my company by organizing events presenting our wines and my friends’ wines with the help of wine stores and agents.
The Château de Carles and the cuvée Haut Carles should be the first to benefit from this new strategy. A good number of our wines are already available at Vignon in the golden triangle and in the Maison des Millésimes in Saint Germain.

Our Paris trip ended with a meeting with the national buyer for a supermarket chain.

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