dinner with "le club des 5"

as you know, i love passionate people and last night, i was thrilled to have dinner with 5 very passionate châteaux owners from bordeaux.

the event was organised by asc in cooperation with ginestet, a bordeaux wine merchant, and the "club des 5", an informal group of 5 bordeaux châteaux.

started in 1993, the club joins like-minded owners who each have their own and very strong personality as you would expect them to have.  based on different bordeaux terroirs, they exchange ideas, and tour the world together to promote their wines.  certainly they were charming, entertaining, and i definitely could feel solidarity among each other.

they are:

château smith-haut-lafitte - daniel cathiard
château gazin - christopher de bailliencourt
château pontet-canet - alfred tesseron
château canon-la-gaffelière - comte stephan von neipperg
château branaire-ducru - patrick maroteaux

of course, the wines were great and the company definitely excellent.

one for me was particular:

château gazin pomerol 2002:

succulent red fruits with layers of toast, oak, and spices.  soft and velvety tannins.  concentrated, deep, and very long on the after-taste.  elegant and delightful.  excellent match to our dish of goose breasts and foie-gras. 

my taste buds water as i write this down...