It is cold and our country roads are dangerous for not haven’t been plowed, but that did not stop one of our loyal customers and his Japanese team to travel from the Medoc to Saint Emilion to taste, like every year, more than 30 reasonably priced wines and have dinner at l’Envers du Décor where we drank a bottle of Cahors Chambert Grand Cru 2007. They all slept at Valandraud in Saint Etienne de Lisse where the snowy landscape is beautiful.
On Tuesday afternoon we met with the heads of our long term cooper Seguin Moreau. They were the first ones to believe in us, and have been our exclusive supplier for over 10 years, and are still our main supplier of barrels and all of our wooden vats. We need to reorder new vats for the vines replanted at Valandraud.
We need to organize an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the bottling of Valandraud, 2010 being indeed the twentieth vintage, as 1990 was vinified at the Cooperative of the Producers of St. Emilion. This 20th anniversary will probably be celebrated with some of my friends who helped us during the first harvests, retired clients and friends of the Crédit Agricole of Dordogne, law students from Brittany, Mr. Michel Lebailly and his wife Liliane, who had a wine store at the time in Saint Avold in eastern France, Patrick Lelievre the Belgian wholesaler who was also one of the first to believe in Valandraud. Delia Baumgarten who, although she didn’t participate in the harvest, helped financed all our follies by purchasing our wine, Mr. Robin, from Seguin Moreau and colleagues, friends in Saint Emilion, who were always there to help.
Will this anniversary be celebrated during the 2012 harvest?