Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Saint Emilion, suite

François Mauss reacted to my post from yesterday:

« Darn !I wasn’t aware that St Emilion was such a little paradise. I should spend more time walking around and walk at a slower pace.
You don’t write about the priest? Who supplies his cellar? And the mayor? His velvet robes and soft hats while he says hello to everyone he sees ?
And the lords from the village? Just enough arrogance without forgetting to check out cute and innocent female tourists ?
Of course, you wouldn’t find these kinds of comments in St Estèphe or St Julien.
Finally, there is, indeed a hierarchy in saints! »

François, I don’t spend much time with the priest (I already spent 10 years in a private catholic school), and don’t have as much to ask forgiveness as you have… (gourmandize, etc.). In addition, he is a bit of a conservative.
The new mayor is young and nice, which is a big change from the last one.
You know all the lords of the village and often dine with them. This is a proof to their sense of democracy as you mix, in your tastings, 1st growths and “others”… You are right to say that it is important to take the time to enjoy the fruits of chance and the privilege to live in St Emilion.
Our internet site is in full renovation: new look, movement, update…
This blog is now translated in English, Japanese, Chinese… The guest house in Chateau Valandraud will be available to be rented this Fall: it won’t be rented by room, but the whole place by the week.

PR is becoming important for us… I am bit more relaxed, thanks to journalists taking the time to write about my story.

Ads are scheduled to appear in the next issue of the Revue du Vin de France special issue on the “Foires aux Vins”. The opening of our sales outlet in our new cellar in Maury will complement our store L’Essentiel, now completely integrated in Ets Thunevin.

Travel plans to the US (Dallas, Boston, etc…) are scheduled from October 11 until 26 with Christian Dalbavie. I plan to participate to the Grand Tasting in the Carrousel of the Louvre in Paris November 21 and 22. It will follow a trip to Meursault on November 16 and 17.

From September 17 to 20, we will be hosting a group of sales reps from our main distributor in New York, then Jurade de Saint Emilion on September 20 and 21, Guide Hachette in Paris on September 3 and visit of a television crew from Korea on August 27 to shoot a film. Another group of Koreans are also planning to see us on August 7.
And before the end of the year, I plan to be in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and of course, South Korea.

With the Foires Aux Vins, which I intend to attend, PR events where I will be representing the Vignobles Fayat, trade union attendance, my wholesale business… Before you know it, we will be in 2009!

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