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A winners’ trip to Bordeaux

Four lucky members and guests went behind the scenes in Bordeaux with Society buyer Tim Sykes

Delightful Margaux 2nd growth Château Rauzan-Ségla Delightful Margaux 2nd growth Château Rauzan-Ségla. Photo courtesy of David Evans, one of the winning members
Photo opportunity at the gates of Château Margaux Photo opportunity at the gates of Château Margaux

The annual prize draw to win a place on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a wine region this year took winners behind the scenes of some of Bordeaux's top châteaux. The winners were selected at random from those who had recruited new members to The Society earlier in the year. Accompanying the group were marketing campaign manager Jenny Colbert and Member Services manager Isobel Cooper, alongside Tim Sykes, buyer for Bordeaux. Of course there was glitz and glamour (this is Bordeaux, after all), but the group was also humbled by how much hands-on hard work is involved even for top estates: Climens owner and winemaker Bérénice Lurton explained just how manual the process of making Barsac is and how much sheer graft is involved, particularly if you farm biodynamically. While at Château Angludet, Charles Sichel hosting an evening reception, told the group just how devastating the April frosts had been and how his brother was still out in the vineyards working on the damaged vines at that moment. The generosity and kindness of our suppliers and the depth of our relationships with them came across at each visit, with many unearthing wines from their archives to treat the group to vertical tasings, from Château Batailley to a blind tasting at domaine de Chevalier going back to 1966. The one foray to Bordeaux's right bank was to La Fleur-Pétrus where Edouard Moueix treated the group to magnums of 2010 Bélair-Monange and 2009 La Fleur-Pétrus. 'Whether family-owned properties like Langoa and Léoville Barton, Château Pitray and Angludet or châteaux like Rauzan-Ségla, now owned by fashion house Chanel, we couldn't have had a more warm, friendly and generous reception. Thank you to all those who opened their doors and bottles for us,' Isobel Cooper reported.

Blind-tasting bottles revealed Blind-tasting bottles revealed
Bordeaux was looking glorious in the sunshine Bordeaux was looking glorious in the sunshine

October 2017