Saturday, January 5, 2013

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Returning to Washington DC, USA

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller with Count Stefan von Neipperg in St. Emilion at Château Canon La Gaffelière. Count Stefan von Neipperg is with Patrick Maroteaux (former UGCB President and owner of Chateau Branaire Ducru) and Tristan Kressmann (Chateau Latour Martillac) one of the 3 Vice-Presidents of the UGCB.

The Wine Empire of the von Neipperg Family in France, Bulgaria and Germany

Between January 14 and 26, 2013, the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) is touring North America with stops in 7 American and Canadian cities, including in Washington DC on January 24.

Picture: UGC Tasting in Washington DC

If you have not attended a UGCB tasting before, the 2013 UGCB tastings awards guests the opportunity to taste more than 100 different 2010 Bordeaux wines, as well as meet and talk with the owners/senior managers of the chateaux that produce the wine. It is a rare opportunity - and promises to be a memorable experience - to talk to the winemakers and owners of top Bordeaux chateaux, while being one of the first to taste the highly acclaimed 2010 vintage.

UGCB Tasting in Washington DC (January 24, 2013)

After a decade of absence, the UGCB is returning to Washington D.C. Pearson's Wine and Spirits is hosting the UGCB at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel's Grand Ballroom on January 24th.

That the UGCB North America Tour includes a stop in Washington DC is due to the tireless efforts of David Choi, Proprieter of Pearson's Wine and Spirits. “We've been working for over two years to bring this tasting event back to Washington.” David said.

Picture: Chateau Citran

The 260 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc of the 2010 Vintage, France

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Time: 5-8pm
Location:  Willard Intercontinental, Grand Ballroom
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW  Washington, DC 20004

Tickets are $99 per person.

Event Tickets and Valet Parking Vouchers can be purchased at

For any questions please contact David Choi at or 202-333-6666.

2010 Vintage

The 2010 Bordeaux vintage has received tremendous press from the world's most influential critics on Bordeaux wines:

Robert Parker: "I have tasted enough wines from 2005, 2009 and 2010 to realize that these may be the three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career”.

James Suckling:  "The 2010 vintage is clearly a great vintage, with dozens of exceptional wines. Some of the baby reds are chateaux's best ever, or best in decades. They will be must buys for Bordeaux lovers around the world."

Picture: In the Cellar of Chateau Figeac

Château Figeac, Saint-Émilion - A Profile, France

Stephen Spurrier, Decanter Magazine:  “2010, the greatest Bordeaux vintage in modern times….” and "Producers and critics are resisting saying 'best ever', but this focused, serious, age-worthy vintage ... is drawing comparisons to 1982 and even 1947."

James Molesworth Wine Spectator: Gave the vintage 95-98 points and called it an "Exceptional Vintage"

Neil Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “There are grounds for the hype…2010 is a great vintage”


Founded in 1973 by a group of Bordeaux winegrowers, the purpose of the UGC is to join forces in order to promote and defend the interests of its members. The UGC consists of 135 member estates located exclusively in the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations. The UGC has a permanent staff of 5 assisted by a public relations agency in each major market. The Union organized 50 events in 15 countries last year.

UGCB Tastings in the USA and Canada

Here is a list of all the UGCB tastings in North America in the second half of January, 2013.

Friday, January 18, 2013 is the date the tour kicks off. The opening tastings are being held in San Francisco with two tastings, one for the trade only, and another tasting that is open to the public. The public tasting is hosted by K & L, which is where you buy tickets.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller at Chateau Pape Clement

Saturday, January 19 – Los Angeles. Wallys Wine is hosting two tastings for the public. The main tasting is taking place from 3 – 6pm at the Hyatt Regency, Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, 2025 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles CA 90067. Tickets are available from Wallys.

Monday, January 21, 2013. There are two events in New York, one for the trade and an event that is open to the public. The tastings are being hosted by Zachys. Tickets are available from Zachys.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Two events are being held in Chicago, a tasting for the trade and a tasting open to the general public. Binnys is hosting the events. Tickets are available from Binnys.

Thursday, January 24, 2013. Washington DC has an event open to the public that is hosted by Pearson’s. Tickets are available from Pearson’s

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller with Washington DC and France-based Bordeaux Expert Panos Kakaviatos

See more:
A Glass of Bordeaux – What Else? – With Wine Journalist Panos Kakaviatos

Friday, 25, 2013, Toronto, Canada. LCBO is hosting a tasting open to the public. Tickets are available from LCBO

Saturday, January 26, 2013, Montreal, Canada. SAQ is hosting a tasting open to the public. Tickets are available from SAQ.

Participating Chateaux in the 2013 North America Tour 

Here is a list of the participating chateaux and the representatives who will pour the wine.

Château de Chantegrive Marie - Hélène Lévêque
Château de Chantegrive Eric Brain - Moreau
Château Belgrave François - Xavier Peltereau
Château Rahoul Aurelie Baetche
Château Bouscaut Laurent Cogombles
Château Carbonnieux Eric Perrin
Domaine de Chevalier Olivier Bernard
Domaine de Chevalier Anne Bernard
Château de Fieuzal Annabelle Denis
Château de France Arnaud Thomassin
Château Haut - Bailly Gabriel Vialard
Château Haut - Bergey Hélène Garcin - Lévêque
Château La Louvière Anais Valières
Château Larrivet Haut - Brion Emilie Gervoson
Château Latour - Martillac Tristan Kressmann
Château Malartic - Lagravière Séverine Bonnie
Château Olivier Alexandre de Bethmann
Châteaux Pape Clément & La Tour Carnet Lionel Labat
Châteaux Pape Clément & La Tour Carnet Benoit Thomas
Château Smith Haut Lafitte David Ornon
Châteaux Berliquet, Larcis Ducasse & Pavie Macquin David Suire
Château Canon Betsy Reynard
Château Canon La Gaffelière Stephan von Neipperg
Château Dassault Laurence Brun
Château - Figeac Eric d’ Aramon
Clos Fourtet & Château Poujeaux Matthieu Cuvelier
Château Franc Mayne Griet Laviale van Malderen
Château Grand Mayne Jean - Antoine Nony
Château La Couspaude Yohann Aubert
Château La Couspaude Vanessa Aubert
Château La Dominique Yannick Evenou
Château La Gaffelière Alexandre de Malet
Château Troplong Mondot Myriam Ruer
Châteaux Lynch - Moussas et Batailley Richard Noël
Château Trottevielle Matthieu Duchesne
Château Villemaurine Cynthia Capelaere
Châteaux Beauregard & Bastor - Lamontagne Michel Garat
Château Gazin Inès de Bailliencourt
Château La Conseillante Jean - Michel Laporte
Château Le Bon Pasteur Dany Rolland
Château Clarke Eric Fourault
Château Fourcas Hosten Sophie Solnicki - Thierry
Châteaux Chasse - Spleen & de Camensac Jean - Pierre Foubet
Châteaux Chasse - Spleen & de Camensac Céline Villars - Foubet
Château Maucaillou Cyril Forget
Château Poujeaux Christophe Labenne
Châteaux Beaumont & Beychevelle Aymar de Baillenx
Châteaux Beaumont & Beychevelle Philippe Blanc
Château Cantemerle Philippe Dambrine
Château Citran Pascale Thiel
Château Coufran Frédéric Vicaire
Château Coufran Lovely Miailhe - Conquéret
Château La Lagune Tom Hlasny
Château La Tour de By Benjamin Richer de Forges
Château Brane - Cantenac Corinne Conroy

Picture: Annette Schiller, Ombiasy Wine Tours, Christian G.E. Schiller, Henri Lurton and Corinne Conroy at Château Brane - Cantenac in Margaux

Château Brane-Cantenac, Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe en 1855, Margaux – A Profile, France

Château Cantenac Brown José Sanfins
Château Dauzac Christine Lurton de Caix
Château Desmirail Denis Lurton
Châteaux du Tertre & Giscours Alexander van Beek
Château Durfort - Vivens Gonzague Lurton
Château Durfort - Vivens Jérôme Héranval
Châteaux Ferrière & Haut - Bages Libéral Caroline Ruffié
Château Kirwan Sophie Schÿler - Thierry
Château Labégorce Delphine Dariol Kolasa
Château Lascombes Dominique Befve
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry Françoise Zuger
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry Jean - Luc Zuger
Château Marquis de Terme Ludovic David
Châteaux Rauzan - Gassies & Croizet - Bages Anne - Françoise Quié
Château Rauzan - Ségla Sandrine Bégaud
Château Branaire - Ducru Patrick Maroteaux
Châteaux Gloria & Saint - Pierre Jean Triaud
Château Gruaud Larose David Launay
Château Lagrange Bruno Eynard
Château Lagrange Charlotte Denjean
Châteaux Langoa Barton & Léoville Barton Lilian Barton Sartorius
Châteaux Langoa Barton & Léoville Barton Mélanie Barton Sartorius
Château Léoville Poyferré Didier Cuvelier

Picture: Lunch at Château Léoville Poyferré, St.Julien, 2ième grand cru classé, with owner Didier Cuvelier

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Château Talbot Jean - Paul Bignon
Château Clerc Milon Jean - Emmanuel Danjoy
Château d’ Armailhac Hervé Gouin
Châteaux Grand - Puy Ducasse & de Rayne Vigneau Alain Crohem
Châteaux Grand - Puy Ducasse & de Rayne Vigneau Anne le Naour
Château Grand - Puy - Lacoste Emeline Borie
Châteaux Lynch - Bages & Ormes de Pez Stephen Bolger
Château Pichon - Longueville Nicolas Santier
Châteaux Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande & de Pez Nicolas Glumineau
Château Cos Labory Bernard Audoy
Château Lafon - Rochet Caroline Poniatowski
Château Phélan Ségur Véronique Dausse
Château Bastor - Lamontagne Ghislaine Garat
Château Climens Virginie Achou - Lepage
Château Climens Bérénice Lurton
Château Coutet Aline Baly
Château de Fargues Eudes d' Orléans
Château Doisy Daëne Jean - Jacques Dubourdieu
Château Guiraud Xavier Planty
Château La Tour Blanche Didier Frechinet
Château Lafaurie - Peyraguey Eric Larramona
Château Lafaurie - Peyraguey Laurent Layrol
Château Suduiraut Pierre Montégut
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Jean - Marc Guiraud

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