Now that that things are a bit more calm, I can think about this last week which was particularely quite intense for me this year.
I would first like to thank the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc who presented their wines at Château Clément Pichon and had a friendly organization. Atmosphere is part of the little things that makes a difference with the other options. The attendance, the number of journalists present, as well as national TV stations and newspapers who covered the event during these 2 days gave a bit of good visibility this year to all the Crus Bourgeois and, of course, to Château Clément Pichon.
The work done by Frédérique de Lamothe and her team was of the quality of the event. Thank you.
As for Château La Dominique: the presentation of this wine in the Chateau, with the UGC in Château Figeac and at the Association des Grands Crus Classés at La Tour Figeac. The most important being, of course, is that it belongs to the UGC who organized this week of primeur. Being the neighbour of Château La Conseillante in Pomerol, also members of UGC, only made the Cercle Rive Droite event, taking plance at Grand Barrail, even more interesting. Being close to eachother made it easier for our clients to visit.
The news pieces on tv, including the France 2 piece broadcasted at 1 pm and taped at L’Essentiel with Carlos, helped and the first notes are starting to come out on the internet and wesites of media:
Wine Enthusiast (USA) :
Valandraud 93-95 (very well placed considering that the 8 first received better notes)
La Dominique 88-90
On Mark Squire´s Bulletin Board (on Robert Parker´s site)
Izak Litwar wrote a some nice commetns of my wines
Gil Lempert-Schwartz writes about Virginie de Valandraud as a good value and gives Valandraud 94-95 (which is a high note for him)
Jean Marc Quarin
Commanderie de Mazeyres ***