Bordeaux Right Bank Wine Tasting at French Consulate NYC

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Featuring a 2011 barrel tasting, the stellar 2009 vintage and a selection of other outstanding vintages

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On March 8th, 35 members of Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux (Right Bank Circle of Great Bordeaux Wines) will be introducing both 2011 en primeur selections (barreled wine that has been bottled especially for this event) and older vintages, including the outstanding 2009 vintage, to the wine trade and wine journalists at the French Consulate in New York. Wine enthusiasts, who will attend an early evening tasting, are invited to taste only “released” vintages (already on the market) including the outstanding 2009 vintage which has been touted as possibly the "best vintage in decades."

Founded in 2002, the Cercle Rive Droite http://www.cerclerivedroite.com is comprised of 139 chateaux and 19 appellations located on the right bank of the Gironde, an estuary in the Bordeaux region. Of the hundreds of wineries on the Right Bank, only chateaux with the most outstanding reputations for excellence are allowed membership in the elite Circle. With their diverse soil types and maritime climate, the sub-regions of the Right Bank, including St.-Emilion and Pomerol, are known to possess the ultimate Merlot-growing terroir.

During the tasting, Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan will challenge guests with a series of “wine games” including blind tastings, aroma quizzes, and vintage comparisons. Wines will be paired with a selection of wine-friendly hors d'oeuvres and French pastries, including authentic Bordeaux canelés by Patissiere Céline Legros, recently described as the "new sweet addiction” by Bon Appetit. To further underscore the authentic Gallic experience, live French music will be played throughout.

This event will take place in the grand salons of the French Consulate, an imposing limestone mansion at 934 Fifth Avenue (between 74th and 75th St.), where guests will be able to admire a magnificent 18th-century Gobelin tapestry and other important works of art.

Trade and Press are invited to attend from 2pm – 5pm. A special dinner for invited guests will be held at Benoit New York, Alain Ducasse’s 55th Street bistro.
Trade and press are encouraged to RSVP by Thursday, March 1st at http://rightbank-ny.eventbrite.com.

Consumers – from wine connoisseurs to newbies – are invited to join the tasting from 5pm – 7pm. The consumer ticket price is $120 ($200 for two) with proceeds being donated to Gods Love We Deliver http://www.glwd.org. Consumers are encouraged to RSVP by Thursday, March 1st at http://rightbank-wine-tasting.eventbrite.com/.

Key players in the French wine world will be on hand to answer questions and discuss these distinctive selections. Chateaux represented will include:

Bordeaux Supérieur
Balthus
Grand Vin de Reignac

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Château Ampélia
Château de Laussac
Clos Puy Arnaud

Fronsac
Château Dalem
Château Fontenil
Haut Carles
Château Moulin Haut Laroque
Château La Vieille Cure

Canon Fronsac
Château Gaby

Pomerol
Château Le Bon Pasteur
Clos l'Eglise
Château Vray Croix de Gay

Lalande de Pomerol
Château Jean de Gué
Château Siaurac     Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Château Barde Haut
Château Boutisse
Château La Commanderie
Clos Dubreuil
Château La Fleur d'Arthus
Château Fombrauge
Magrez Fombrauge
Clos les Grandes Versannes
Château du Parc
Château de Pressac
Château Rol Valentin

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Château Fleur Cardinale
Château Grand Corbin Despagne
Clos des Jacobins
Château La Marzelle
Château Le Prieuré

Lussac Saint-Emilion
Château La Rose Perrière

Montagne Saint-Emilion
Château Messile Aubert

Puisseguin Saint-Emilion
Château Guibot la Fourvieille

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