Bordeaux, June 10 2023, “UNION GRANDS CRUS”

First of all what is “UNION GRANDS CRUS”? For the las 17 years  the Union is organizing the Weekend of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux, an exceptional event bringing together wine amateurs and professionals from all over the world. Its highlight was be the wine tasting which I visited with my colleague and dear friend Inessa Barrat, president of IWWA (International Women’s Wine association). It was great opportunity to get in touch with 110 owners and representatives of the Châteaux, with a breathtaking view of the Garonne.

 Guided by a Master Sommelier, Inessa Barrat 

With Inessa as my knowledgeable guide, I felt privileged to explore the prestigious Bordeaux wine region. Her expertise and refined palate allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate world of Grandes Crus wines. Inessa’s passion and wealth of knowledge transformed our journey into an educational and sensory experience, enhancing my appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind each bottle.

Unveiling the Grandes Crus

Our exploration took us through a tapestry of vineyards, each one a testament to Bordeaux’s winemaking heritage. From renowned Châteaux to hidden gems, we immersed ourselves in the rich history and exceptional quality of the Grandes Crus wines. The velvety textures, complex aromas, and distinct flavors of each wine tantalised our palates, leaving an indelible impression of their sophistication and elegance.

A Melodic Harmony by Jeanne Wintherlig

As we went from representative to representative, the air was alive with the enchanting melodies of live musician Jeanne Wintherlig.
Her melodic tunes resonated amidst the rolling hills, creating a harmonious ambiance that elevated the wine-tasting experience. The intertwining notes and the symphony of flavors danced together, forging a connection between the wines, the music, and our souls.

Wine tasting workshop with Margot Ducancel — Rouge aux Lèvres: “Les secrets pour déguster les Grands Crus Bordelais comme un pro”

It was an enlightening experience as we delved into the nuances and flavors of these exceptional wines.During the workshop, we had the pleasure of sampling two types of Bordeaux wines, each offering a unique profile and character. The first wine captivated our senses with its deep ruby color, aromas of black fruits, and velvety tannins. It was a true embodiment of elegance and complexity.The second wine we tasted showcased a vibrant crimson hue and an array of flavors, including notes of ripe berries and spices. It left a lasting impression with its well-balanced structure and long, lingering finish.Margot Ducancel’s expertise and passion for wine truly shone through as she guided us through the tasting process, explaining the importance of aromas, flavors

Culinary Excellence with

- Félix Clerce chef at “Symbiose” restaurant

- Léo Forget Chef at “MetsMots” restaurant

- Oxana Cretu, Chef at “Le Cromagnon” restaurant

- Lilian Douchet, Chef at “Lil’home” restaurant

- Vivient Durant, Chef at “Le Prince Noir” and “Gauta” restaurants 

Bordeaux’s culinary scene is as exceptional as its wines, and we had the pleasure of savoring the gastronomic creations of the region’s esteemed chefs. Our palates were treated to a symphony of flavors. The exquisite cuisine elevated the wine-tasting experience, showcasing the seamless marriage between food and wine.

Conclusion

Our exploration of Bordeaux’s Grand Cru wines proved to be an unforgettable experience, fueling our passion for the art of winemaking. The expertise of Inessa Barrat, coupled with the enchanting melodies, delectable cuisine, and exceptional wines, created an immersive journey that touched our senses and left an indelible mark on our hearts. As a photographer, I am honored to have documented this remarkable adventure, hoping to transport others into the world of Bordeaux’s Grand Cru wines, where passion, craftsmanship, and sensory delights converge.

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