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35 prestigious vineyards of the Right Bank poured their 2011 vintage, along with an additional collection of the top wines of 2009. The Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux was founded in 2002, and is comprised of 139 chateau and 19 appellations located on the right bank of the Gironde. The sub-regions of the Right Bank, including Satin Emilion and Pomerol, are known to possess the ultimate Merlot-growing terroir.
We were happy to meet the wine producers, and the charming Le Wine Buff Megan Wiig joined us for the tasting and dinner. The French Consulate displayed magnificent 18th century Gobelin tapestry and a great view of Central Park. The special treat of the tasting was the authentic Bordeaux canelés from Patissiere Céline Legros. Addictive!
For the reality show fans, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City attended the event in support of her boyfriend Jaques Azoulay.
Dinner was held at the Benoit Restaurant (by Alain Ducasse), which included the winemakers, trade, and media. We were happy to sit and enjoy the dinner with winemakers Marion Béchu of Grand Vin de Reignac and Balthus, Jean-François Quenin of Chateau de Pressac (who happens to be the President of the Conseils des Vins de Saint Emilion), and Brigitte Bourlon from Chateau Guibot La Fourvieille – who we have met before while filming our Women in Bordeaux series.