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More Than Pomp and Circumstance

The crème de la crème of the world’s wine and spirits industries flock religiously to Vinexpo Bordeaux not only for the face to face meetings and discovery of new products at the show itself, but of course also for the extraordinary peripheral activities, the likes of which are unequalled anywhere else in the world.

One such example is the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 – Médoc & Sauternes – with its as always amazing evening event this Sunday at Château Latour, organised in honour of the international press by Philippe Castéja, President of the organisation, as well as François-Henri Pinault, President of Artemis.

VNXPOD-300x300px_day3As guests arrived at the Château in shuttle busses, they marvelled at the vineyards lit-up by thousands of fairy lights, truly giving the “wow” effect. Dinner was hosted by the Chateau’s owner, François-Henri Pinault and his wife, the famous actress Salma Hayek, who welcomed personalities such as Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Carole Bouquet, President of Vinexpo – Christophe Navarre, and leading sommeliers such as Serge Dubs. Guests were able to taste a unique selection of the world’s best Grands Crus classés, including a sublime Chateau Latour 1975, and Fireworks before leaving.

Another key event will of course be the famed Fête de la Fleur, also taking place this week.

But while it seems like a lot of pomp and circumstance, ceremony and tradition, the message from the show floor is very clear. It’s really a matter of people, and there are none who know that better than all of those who themselves created these prestigious institutions, to whom we take our hats off.