The Fête du Bontemps follows on from the Ban du Millésime and takes place in the châteaux of Bordeaux’s Left Bank in the same way as the Fêtes de la Fleur. It closes the en primeur week with a prestigious dinner during which châteaux, merchants and brokers meet their customers and relations.
This celebration, organised for the first time in 2023, is our most recent event. It is now recognised as a key date in the Commanderie calendar.
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Thursday 27 April 2023
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
The Fête du Bontemps 2023 was held at Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, on Thursday 27 April, at the end of the primeur week.
A new highlight of our association, this festival replaces the Ban du Millésime and is hosted by a château in the same way as the Fêtes de la Fleur. The 2023 edition brought together nearly 900 guests.
Florence and Daniel Cathiard, owners of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, were pleased to host this first Fête du Bontemps organised by the Commanderie du Bontemps Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac. It was marked by the return of many international buyers (American and Asian) who came to taste the 2022 primeurs.
among the inductees, resellers, buyers or great amateurs, the presence of Anne-Claire Coudray, Stéphane Bern and Tony Parker was highly noticed when they pledged their loyalty to the wines of the left bank.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco honoured us with his presence at this great dinner masterfully orchestrated by Nicolas Masse, the two-starred chef at the restaurant La Grand’Vigne at Sources de Caudalie.
The presence of Clémence Botino, former Miss France and winner of the Miss World contest, as well as that of Laurent Gerra also made a sensation among the guests.
During the dinner, it was the wines that stole the show, such as the white Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2011 with scampi cut with a knife or the red Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 served with the very distinguished Cos d’Estournel 2009 on a fillet of beef smoked with vine shoots.
The Château Latour 1999, magnified a ewe and truffle tartlet.
Finally, to a rap tune that surprised the guests, the very modern Château Rieussec 2019, in its new packaging, made a remarkable entrance.
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