If the world cannot go to Bordeaux for the historic Week of Previews, “Bordeaux en primeurs 2020” comes to Italy, and in particular to Verona where on May 6, the Palazzo della Gran Guardia (Piazza Bra, in front of the Arena, Verona) will become the “Place de Bordeaux” for one day for the en-primeur tasting of the great reds from beyond the Alps. An event, it must be said immediately, reserved, by invitation, for a limited number of customers and experts, behind closed doors (there will also be WineNews, ed).
With “Crus et Domaines de France”, in fact, for the first time in Italy, thanks to the brand of Famille Helfrich, the great event that every spring animates the largest châteaux of the French city that open their doors to buyers, importers, retailers and other experts in the world of wine to taste the samples of the last vintage, extracted directly from the barriques. Famille Helfrich is dedicated to the prestigious wines of Bordeaux where it owns more than 700 hectares and – with the Crus et Domaines de France brand founded in 2007 – is also one of the authoritative négociants that preside over the Place de Bordeaux with the “en primeur” sale. Among the Bordeaux wines that Crus et Domaines de France exports to Italy are those signed Clos Beauregard, Lestage Simon, Château Cantin. One of the most anticipated events in the world will therefore take place in the heart of the city of Verona, where a very careful selection of critics and potential buyers will arrive. Leading the “master classes” and supporting the tastings will be Gabriele Gorelli, the first Italian to win the prestigious title of Master of Wine.
An overview, for a total of over 100 labels, of the most suitable terroirs, from the Grand Cru Saint-Emilion to Pomerol; from Haut-Médoc to Sauternes and again Margaux, Moulis, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Pessac-Leognan. Among the most prestigious Châteaux for tasting, there will be names such as Château Figeac, Château Léoville Las Cases, Château Talbot, Château Clinet, Château du Tertre, Château Guiraud, Château Dauzac, Château Giscours, Château Labegorce, Château Lascombes, Château Rauzan Segla, Domaine De Chevalier, Château Montrose, Château Ducru Beaucaillou, Château Gruaud Larose, Château Lagrange, Château Leoville Barton, Château Leoville Poyferre, Château Bellegrave, Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Château Pontet Canet, La Mondotte … and not only.
“Italy is a highly qualified market for Crus et Domaine de France, with a presence of customers and critics of international standing – says Romina Romano, country manager Italy of the brand owned by Famille Helfrich – and that of Verona will be a private event of tasting of the Great Wines of Bordeaux “en primeur”. A strictly technical tasting, in full compliance with the provisions, intended for high-ranking customers that we will not be able to meet in the largest châteaux in Bordeaux. Leading the master classes will be Gabriele Gorelli, the first Italian to win the prestigious title of Master of Wine, who will illustrate the different terroirs and characteristics of the 2018 vintage “.