Bordeaux’s Burdigala


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

In Burgundy, La Paulée de Meursault has been the most-celebrated BYOB dinner for ages. In the past decade+, La Paulée de NYC/SF has taken the idea to the US. Then there was the Rieslingfeier. Now: Burdigala.

Next Friday in NYC, Bordeaux has made its own moment to focus on the wines of the region with the first ever La Paulée-style events called “Burdigala.” Louis Kressman and Eric Dubourg, both in the win trade in New York but originally from Bordeaux, have organized the event with Justine Tesseron whose family owns Chateau Pontet-Canet. Several chateau representatives will be in town including Jean-Guillaume Prats of Cos d’Estournel, Veronique Saunders of Haut-Bailly, Emmanuel Cruse of Chateau d’Issan, Thomas Duroux of Chateau Palmer, Alfred Tesseron, of Pontet-Canet and Pierre Lurton of Chateau d’Yquem. (full list here)

At a walk-around tasting in the afternoon, the producers will pour three of their wines, including the 2010s. Then there’s a black tie dinner at St. Bart’s church with the producers, food by Alain Ducasse, and top sommeliers pouring BYOB and ex-cellar selections. While it’s pricey ($1,000 for both events; $250 and $850 à la carte), the organizers say that event is a non-profit and that “all proceeds will be donated to wine scholarship.”

Burdigala site

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4 Responses to “Bordeaux’s Burdigala”

  1. Like everything else that is Bordeaux, they have done a splendid job of promoting this event (snicker).

  2. Tyler, Jean-Guillaume Prats is no longer associated with Cos d’Estournel.

  3. Jack– yes, I recall that. So not sure why the flyer I saw was worded as such. Mistake? Maybe he’s still doing events for Cos?

  4. Tyler he is still listed on the Burdigala site as a representative of Cos. Maybe he is still representing their interests? Who knows. I have heard that Pratts is interested in buying Chateau Figeac in St. Emillon. His buddy Parker basehes that Chateau at every possible opportunity. Parker recently poured six of his bottles of 82 Figeac, a wine I have always enjoyed, at his Navy Seal Charity luncheon in N.Y. and gave great accolades to every 82 Bordeaux wine except Figeac. Parker slaughtered Figeac a wine that sells for over $300.00 a bottle with a score of 76 from the great 82 vintage. Maybe Pratts is just waiting for Bob to finally crush the Chateau with his critical disdain for the Chateau. In the meantime he still visits the World for his former Estate. Not a bad life.


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