The Bordeaux Rendezvous in Manila
The esteemed wine event, Bordeaux Rendezvous, has journeyed across Southeast Asia to introduce select wineries and their ambassadors to the region for the past few of years. In 2016, it traveled through Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, and Saigon. On February 29, it made an unprecedented stop in Manila.
It was the afternoon of the Leap Year Day and there was a fortuitous air at Txanton, the country’s first jamoneria and venue for an intimate afternoon with the winemakers, estate owners, and wine ambassadors of Bordeaux Rendezvous 2016. Walking into the bodega, guests were greeted with an overwhelming display of Jamon Iberico de Bellota. Bottles of Old World wines lined the walls that separated a common space and two private tasting rooms.
Through the efforts of the French wine merchant Barriere Freres and the wine importer AWC Philippines, Bordeaux Rendezvous 2016 introduced vintages that had never before left their estates. Later that night, magnum bottles would be opened for dinner at Sofitel Manila.
The extensive list of wines exhibited a curated taste of the French wine capital. Each of the appellations showcased a range of both young and ripe wines from their estates, exhibiting the complexity and maturity of the respective vintages.
Five chateaux from the Margaux region offered vintages from the apellation’s distinct gravelly terroir, expressing the nuances of the specific estates’ history and location along the Garonne river: Chateau Brane-Cantenac (2010, 2011), Chateau Durfort-Vivens (2009, 2010), Chateau Giscours (2005, 2010), Chateau D’Issan (2006, 2010), and Chateau Du Tertre (2005, 2010). Chateau Cantemerle (2009, 2010) was the sole Haut-Medoc, revealing a perceptible story on its own.
From further downstream, Pessac-Leognan’s Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (2008) also provided a fresh white wine (2010) alongside a memorable 2010 vintage from Domaine de Chevalier. Sauternes’ Chateau Guiraud 2002 expressed considerable length in the mouth, displaying a particular finesse that was masked in the 2014’s honey flavours, though promised in the 2012. Chateau Dassault stood for the Right Bank, articulating a decade in Saint-Emilion with vintages from 2000 and 2010.
Saint-Estephe’s Chateau Lafon-Rochet (2009, 2010); Pauillac’s Chateau Clerc Millon (2009, 2010), Chateau D’Armailhac (2010, 2012), Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal (2000, 2010), and Chateau Pedesclaux (2010, 2012); and Saint-Julien’s Chateau Beychevelle (2009, 2011), Chateau Lagrange (2005, 2010), and Chateau Talbot (1996, 2010) were, no doubt, purveyors of a vastly eloquent set of its northern Haut-Medoc sub-regions. Aymar de Baillenx, general manager of Chateau Beychevelle, casually presented the 2009 vintage served at the most recent COP21 climate summit and marked a particularly unforgettable experience in many of the guests.
The momentous maiden run of Bordeaux Rendezvous, Txanton’s entrance into the local dining scene, and the thriving growth in Manila’s wine appreciation promise exciting gastronomic developments this year.
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