Sunday 14th January 2018
Church of Léognan
Lunch at Halles de Gascogne (Léognan)

Gala Dinner Vinexpo New York
Monday 5th March 2018
Metropolitan Club New York

Ban du Millésime
Wednesday 11th April 2018
CAPC de Bordeaux

Gala Dinner Vinexpo Hong Kong
Tuesday 29th May 2018
Grand Hyatt

Fête de la Fleur
Friday 15th June 2018
Jardin Public of Bordeaux

Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc et des Graves Sauternes et Barsac

The bontemps bowl

We are careful what we say about our illustrious forefather Jean–Odule Paulin d’Esquet, because unfortunately all we know of him was handed down by oral tradition. He lived in the ninth century and is said to have invented the special wooden bowl, naturally known as a “desquet” in the Gascon language after its inventor, and a “bontemps” in French. Cellar masters use this bowl to beat the egg whites for fining the wine.

The ornamental clasp

This is the symbol of the Bontemps Order with its initials encircling a “desquet” bowl. It is worn on all the Commandeurs' robes and is presented to all the Commandeurs d'Honneur at the end of the investiture ceremony.