Burgundy has La Paulée, Beaujolais has Nouveau, Languedoc a summer annual Festival… Bordeaux has a coveted annual Fête de la Fleur but you have to go to Bordeaux and most importantly, be invited. This is about to change: on February 22, 2013, the interior of St. Bartholomew’s Church (325 Park Avenue at 50th street) will morph into a majestic setting for the first annual BurdiGala (Latin name of the City of Bordeaux), a tasting and gala dinner prepared by Chef Alain Ducasse, uniting Bordeaux collectors and enthusiasts with 12 of the best Bordeaux Châteaux. Their owners will be flying to New York to showcase 3 vintages of their top wines while each guest will be asked to bring a special Bordeaux bottle from their own cellar to share with their peers.
The day will be composed of an afternoon walk around tasting ($250) at Café St. Bart, where each of the 12 producers will be showcasing 3 vintages of their top wine: Châteaux Clos Fourtet, Cos D’Estournel, d’Issan, d’Yquem, Ducru Beaucaillou, Gruaud Larose, Haut Bailly, Lynch Bages, Palmer, Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, Pontet Canet and Smith Haut Lafitte. At night, St. Bartholomew’s church itself will be transformed into a gorgeous dining room for the evening, removing its benches for the first time in 200 years. Legendary Chef Alain Ducasse himself has cleared his calendar for the occasion: he will personally be preparing the feast with his New York staff (Gala tickets are $850 each). The evening will start with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and live entertainment. The setting promises to provide an unforgettable experience of wine sharing and dining.
Sharing wine is an ancient tradition, so to follow an old ritual guests will be encouraged to delve into their own Bordeaux collection and bring one of their best gems to be enjoyed in addition to the wines from the 12 Châteaux. Additionally, the event will benefit future wine lovers and collectors of the world: all proceeds will go towards scholarships for Master Sommelier and Master of Wine programs.
This event would not be a success without the help of the wine trade: the sommelier team that will make the evening go smoothly will be headed by Bernard Sun of the Jean-Georges entertainment group. Top New York City retailers (such as Le Dû’s Wines, Morrell & Co, Sherry Lehmann, The Wine Cellerage, Zachy’s), as well as la Commanderie de Bordeaux and Christie’s will also share the news of the event with their customers and members, making sure all Bordeaux lovers know about the opportunity to join in.
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