Elite wine ambassadors bring the taste of Bordeaux to Manila

Eighteen premium wine estates found themselves under one roof to celebrate the first Bordeaux Rendezvous held on Philippine soil

by Rogue

Eighteen premium wine estates found themselves under one roof to celebrate the first Bordeaux Rendezvous held on Philippine soil

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Last February 29, the Bordeaux Rendezvous, an annual series of wine tastings featuring Bordeaux wines, held its first event in Manila over lunch at Txanton as the last stop of its tour through Southeast Asia.

French wine merchants under Bordeaux Rendezvous embarked on the tour in the region to mark its fifth year and to promote the name and history of Bourdeaux in Asia. The French wine ambassadors provided the Philippine media, food and beverage professionals, wine connoisseurs, and private customers with a deeper understanding of Bordeaux, arguably the most important and popular wine region in the world. Elements such as climate, soil, and methods of harvesting and fermentation all play a large role in distinguishing Bordeaux-made wine from all other wines, and making clear why Bordeaux is the largest and most acclaimed wine-producing region in France.

The wines from eighteen classified growths from the Bordeaux region, known also as the wine capital of the world, come care of French wine merchant Barriere Freres, in partnership with local wine importers. Fine wine importer AWC Philippines is responsible for bringing Rendezvous to Philippine shores.

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This wine event offered a rare opportunity to be introduced to 18 premium chateaux, or French vineyard estates, whose representatives gave detailed explanations on their prestigious labels.

White wines were also showcased during the tasting, such as the Chateau Giraud 2002, 2012 and 2014 from Sauternes, and from Pessac-Leognan the Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2010.

Also presented were superb red wines—vintage and nonvintage—bottled in the past decade, from different Bordeaux estates: From Saint Julien, the Chateau Beychevelle 2009 and 2010, the Chateau Lagrange 2005 and 2010, the Chateau Talbot 1996 and 2010; Saint Estephe, Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009 and 2010, the Paulliac-Chateau d’ Armhailhac 2010 and 2012, the Chateau Clerc Milon 2009 and 2010, the Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2000 and 2010, the Chateau Pedesclaux 2010 and 2012; Margaux, Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2010 and 2011, the Chateau Durfort-Vivens 2009 and 2010, the Chateau Giscours 2005 and 2010, the Chateau d’ Issan 2006 and 2010, the Chateau du Tertre 2005 and 2010; Haut-Medoc, Chateau Cantermerle 2009 and Chateau Cantermerle; Pessac-Leognan, Domaine de Chevalier 2010, the Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2008 and 2010; and last but not the least, from Saint Emilion, Chateau Dassault 2000 and 2010.

Later in the evening, a wine dinner was held at La Veranda, Sofitel Manila, where notable guests enjoyed the wine with a first-class buffet.

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Txanton is located at 2/F Alegria Alta Building, Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Magallanes, Makati.