Last week, we were at Château Côte de Baleau to celebrate the new Saint Emilion classement. You know probably that Côte de Baleau has been classed Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé in the 2012 classement released these days. It was a great party, in this time of harvest and a pleasure to be at the side of our friend Sophie Fourcade as well as his sister and brother. We were able to meet and discuss with her close friends like: Alain Vauthier of Château Ausone, Jean Dutruilh of Château Croix Figeac, Francois Despagne of Château Grand Corbin Despagne, Gérard Becot of Château Beauséjour Bécot… etc that have gave their opinions about the 2012 harvest, the aquisition or rental of the latest sorting or winemaking materials … These times are very interesting and extremely informative, without forgetting the faithful council of Sophie, Michel Rolland!
The appetizer was served with Pol Roger Champage (very popular in Bordeaux) and some Côte de Baleau 2009. At dinner, we started with the Côte de Baleau 2008, followed by a 2007 Clos Saint Martin, a vintage loved by Sophie. We would remind you that this family owns three castles: Côte de Baleau, Grandes Murailles et Clos Saint Martin which is the smallest Saint Emilion GCC in terms of area (less than one hectare), overlooking Angelus.
We look forward to tasting the 2012 vintage that is already very promising! Experts words …
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