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Celebration of Saint Vincent
January 27, 2021 at St Rémi Bacalan Church in Bordeaux.

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Fete de la Fleur

In 1950, the newly revived, but determined Commanderie introduced a spring festival.
The traditional wine-related events, Saint Vincent's Day and the Harvest Proclamation, already existed and just needed to be strengthened, but this new spring festival rapidly became the celebration of the flowering of the vine and in 1959, when the Graves and Medoc Orders merged and when we contributed to the formation of the Commanderie du Bontemps de Sauternes et Barsac, the festival became recognised as the Fête de la Fleur.

So, why dedicate a festival to a flower? And to which flower? It could only be for the abundant, but discreet vine flower! Winegrowers anxiously wait for these small, white inflorescences to appear and watch over them closely, because how well the vine flowers is a first indication of the nature of the coming harvest, both in terms of quality and quantity. These tiny white flowers emerge after cascades of flowers appear on the Robinia trees, whose wood is used for making vine stakes. Winegrowers also observe the date when white lilies bloom, using it as a rule of thumb to calculate that of the harvest.
Modern technology has since proven that the ancient custom of harvesting 100 days after the point when half the vines have flowered and 90 days after the lilies come into flower was accurate.

These days, analysis to check the ripeness of the different grape varieties has slightly modified these dates. This is why Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac winegrowers, merchants and brokers are pleased to get together with their enthusiast friends, who love our wines, in late June, when the vines are flowering, to celebrate the tiny, sweet-smelling blossoms on which they pin all their hopes.
Today, with more than 1,500 guests, the Fête de la Fleur has become a keynote event for wine lovers from all corners of the world, who spend a highly prestigious evening sharing their passion for great Medoc and Graves, Sauternes and Barsac wines. Many Michelin-starred chefs and stars from the worlds of cinema and music, as well as internationally prominent people have honoured this world-renowned festival with their presence.

Fête de la Fleur 2019 Château Lynch-Moussas

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