The 2012 Fête du Bordeaux is next Wednesday, January 18, in the Augusta Room at the Westin Denver Downtown, near the Tabor Center. This annual event brings together hosts Jim and Debbie Shpall of Applejack Wine & Spirits and special guests Anthony Barton of Châteaux Langoa & Léoville Barton; Jean-Charles Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages and Château Ormes de Pez; and Nicolas Glumineau of Château Montrose and Château Tronquoy Lalande. Attendees include connoisseur and novice collectors of Bordeaux. Anyone who would like to learn about or sample Bordeaux wines is encouraged to attend.
Fête du Bordeaux is a special evening designed to introduce guests to the châteaux owners and sample the 2009 Bordeaux wines through a tasting of seven of the wines, plus seven wines from older vintages. The 2009 vintage is highly regarded because it is considered to be the product of ideal growing conditions. Wine critic Robert Parker noted, “2009 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in 32 years of covering Bordeaux” (The Wine Advocate).
The Fête du Bordeaux is a dinner held each year in a number of cities, with the aim of introducing the newly released vintage. Denver has been a site for the event for six years. Other cities that have hosted the event include Chicago, Dallas or Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The annual dinners begin in the fall on the East Coast and end in the spring on the West Coast, with the Denver event occurring in the winter. Fête du Bordeaux came to Denver in 2007 when the person who organizes the event nationally wanted to include the Denver market and asked Applejack to host the event. Approximately 75 people attended the first event. This year more than 100 guests are expected. The menu includes:
First Course: Champagne and Passed Canapés to include Roasted Pears, Roquefort and Prosciutto Crostini; Fresh and Smoked Salmon Tartar in Sesame Cones; and Eggplant Caviar Olives Baguette.
Second Course: 2009 Blanc de Lynch Bages paired with Maine Lobster Salad with maché lettuce with grapefruit-tarragon sauce.
Third Course: 2009 Château Tronquoy Lalande, 2009 Château Ormes de Pez, 2009 Château Langoa-Barton, 2009 Château Lynch-Bages, 2009 Château Léoville-Barton, and 2009 Château Montrose, paired with Pheasant Paté en coute with black truffles and foie gras and Pauillac shallot reduction.
Fourth Course: 2001 Château Lynch-Bages, 2001 Château Léoville-Barton, and 2001 Château Montrose, paired with Seared Beef Tenderloin and Veal Sweet Breads with Colorado mushroom ragout, salsify, and fingerling potatoes.
Fifth Course: 1996 Château Langoa-Barton, 1996 Château Lynch-Bages, and 1996 Château Montrose, paired with an assortment of cheeses including Haystack Mountain Snow Drop with slow-roasted grapes; French Crotin on walnut baguette topped with micros arugula; and Mouco Truffelo with port wine figs.
Sixth Course: 2007 Château Suduiraut paired with Vanilla Crème Brulee with Pineapple Chocolate Cookie.
Applejack’s Max Suiter described the event using key numbers: “The Fête du Bordeaux offers guests the opportunity to sample 14 different wines from 2009 and earlier, paired with a 5-course meal created by award-winning chef Jean-Luc Voegele, held at a 4-star hotel.” What’s not to love about that? Suiter noted that people who are planning a trip to France may enjoy meeting the château owners they may encounter on their tours.
The Champagne reception begins at 6:30pm and the dinner at 7:00pm. Jacket and tie are requested. The cost is $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For reservations contact Ms. Max Suiter at Applejack at 303.233.3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.