Fete de Bordeaux 2011 – Year Three

In 2011, the dinners moved back to the Columbia Tower Club, where they have been hosted since.  This was also the year we coerced a few friends into coming with us, and they’ve been back every year for more as well.

The guests for this dinner were Jean-Charles Cazes of Chateaux Lynch Bages and Ormes de Pez; Anthony Barton of Chateaux Leoville and Langoa Barton; and Nicolas Glumineau of Chateaux Montrose and Tronquoy Lalande.

The 2008 new release wines served were:

  • 2008 Blanc de Lynch Bages
  • 2008 Chateau Tronquoy Lalande
  • 2008 Chateau Ormes de Pez
  • 2008 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 2008 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 2008 Chateau Montrose
  • 1998 Chateau Langoa Barton
  • 1998 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 1998 Chateau Montrose
  • 1988 Chateau Lynch Bages en Magnum
  • 1988 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 1988 Chateau Montrose en Magnum
  • 2006 Suduiraut Sauternes

I distinctly remember picking the Chateau Montrose as my favorite of the 2008 Vintage, followed by Leoville Barton, and the Lynch Bages, with the 1988 Lynch Bages from magnum as my Wine of the Night.  I also distinctly remember looking forward to tasting the celebrated 2009’s the following year.

Fete de Bordeaux 2009 – Year One

In 2008, one of the members of my wine tasting group, Bill Schallert, a fine wine importer/distributor with Youngs Marketplace, alerted me to a new Bordeaux dinner that he was helping to host in Seattle.  It didn’t take much arm twisting for us to join the dinner.

In the first year, January 19, 2009, the dinner was held at Seattle’s Columbia Tower Club, and the guests of honor were Jean Charles Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages, and Lillian Barton of Chateau Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton.

The focus that year was the new release of the 2006 vintage.  Unfortunately, my memory doesn’t serve well enough to recall my wine of the night or any specifics about the wines, but for the record, these were the wines that were served:

  • 2006 Blanc de Lynch Bages
  • 2006 Chateau Ormes de Pez
  • 2006 Chateau Langoa Barton
  • 2006 Lynch Bages
  • 2006 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 2006 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 2003 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 2000 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 1999 Chateau Langoa Barton
  • 1998 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 1996 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 1995 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 2002 Suduiraut Sauternes

What I do very specifically remember about that dinner is that as soon as it was over, I was very much ready to do it all over again the next year!