Wrap up: buyers pleased with wines tasted and the global wine lovers club.
By Kathleen Buckley
This year’s Vinexpo is at a close. But don’t miss the wrap up! And be sure to check out all of our great coverage from the entire event.
Who would have thought that Wine Enthusiast would meet Gary Dourdan in the Graves…and not “Las Vegas?” But why not? Dourdan is a Bordeaux wine lover who doesn’t mind a little rain between sips of grand vin any more than the other 1,500 guests invited to the grand ball that ends Vinexpo, the Fête de la Fleur.
Pouring 1998 Haut-Brion.
Weather or not Dourdan had the cameras on him at Daniel and Florence Cathiard’s Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte but the guest list was impressive enough for the French paparazzi to snap everywhere with abandon. It was right out of a scene-setter in a
Red wine, red robe, is there a connection?
For the intronization of some 40 wine lovers as “honorary commanders” of the global wine lovers club, the Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac, the A list of Bordeaux puts on heavy red velvet robes and in a ceremony mimicking what might have been done a half-millennia ago, calls the honored guests to the podium with a drum roll and asks them to swear to love and promote the wine more or less forever. It’s a lot of fun and with cool weather this year, it was much less painful than in years where the temperatures were above 90 degrees.
Severine Bonnie and friend Corinne Seely
At last, real fashion
The fête is always a way to see what is happening in the evening dress department. While the chilly weather was said to have caused some last minute dress changes, the variety of styles was great. Wine Enthusiast gave four stars to Corinne Seely, wife of director of Château Pichon Baron in Pauillac for her flower-inspired hoop dress with a slight “stem” hat that captured the vine flowering, fete de la fleur theme of the evening) and to Serena Sutcliffe of auctioneers Sotheby’s for her sharp geometric angles and dramatic white hair. Severine Bonnie, one of the Bordeaux Oxygène group whose family owns Château Malartic Lagravière, was with a friend, both in silver and (take note) short dresses.