Wrap up: buyers pleased with wines tasted and the global wine lovers club.
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.
Weather or not
Pouring 1998 Haut-Brion.
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.
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
|Peter and Stella Sichel, wine importers from New York ,with Wine Enthusiast European Editor Roger Voss.|
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.
At last, real fashion
Severine Bonnie and friend Corinne Seely
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.
Mildew on grapes
The end, and the beginning
The Vinexpo week ended on a calm note with buyers saying they tasted and bought good wine that could be appearing at a store near you by the end of this year. The Bordeaux futures 2006 pricing campaign, on pause during Vinexpo, will resume next week, with prices generally down, but not by enough, on 2005. As with the dinners at Vinexpo, there are some good wines and then there are great wines. The weirdly tropical weather (hot and humid) until midweek has raised the pimples of mildew on grape leaves. So, for the producers, it's back to work (a rather sharp reminder that life in wine is not only pouring and partying, on the off chance you are thinking about planting a vineyard).
Mildew on grapes
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