This message from the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, concerning the 2012 Weekend des Grands Crus in May, may be of interest to some Winedoctor readers, especially with a 2009 focus for the event:
We have the pleasure of informing you that the Seventh Weekend des Grands Crus will take place in Bordeaux on 12 and 13 May 2012.
To celebrate the new year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux are pleased to offer you a 10% reduction on the Grands Crus Tasting.*
The fascinating, varied programme of events lasts an entire weekend.
On Saturday, the Grands Crus Tasting, held in Hangar 14 in Bordeaux from 10.30 to 17.00, provides a unique opportunity to taste over one hundred fine wines from the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, presented by the winemakers. This year, the main focus will be on the outstanding 2009 vintage, together with another vintage from the 2000s selected by the owner.
The Connoisseur Dinners on Saturday evening will be held at the following estates: Troplong Mondot, Labégorce, Phélan Ségur, Malartic-Lagravière, and Coutet. This promises to be a fantastic evening for exploring the subtle harmonies of food and wine so typical of fine French cuisine. These dinners will feature different wines with each dish, to showcase the diversity of the Bordeaux Grands Crus.
Also on Saturday evening, the new generation of owners will host participants under forty at the Soirée des Grands Crus: great wines and a chic buffet in an elegant wine-bar setting, with entertainment by a leading DJ.
Several activities are scheduled on Sunday to round out this gourmet weekend experience: vineyard tours (three itineraries: St-Emilion & Pomerol; Pessac-Léognan, Graves & Sauternes; Médoc), open days in the St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe appellations, as well as a golf tournament at the Golf du Médoc.
See the UGCB website for more details and to book.