2016 Goldmine Dinner in Washington, DC

Marcels - Vincent Lataste apero w his bottlesMarcels - MM w ClarendelleMarcels - Ch de BelMarcels - preparing lobster appetizerMarcels - Frank A nose in glassMarcels - Pierre F 2Marcels - Bistro guestFred & MM, glass to noseTroquet Ch RecougneMarcels - Jonathan & Fred a table w guests

The third dinner in the 2016 Goldmine series was held at the elegant Marcel’s by Robert Weidmaier Restaurant in Washington, DC. Wine buyers and press received a warm welcome with a glass of 2014 Château Trocard Bordeaux Blanc.


Wine and Food Pairing Dinner

Butter Poached Maine Lobster was paired with 2015 Château de Lardiley Bordeaux Rosé and 2014 Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc.

2012 Château Lauduc, Tradition  Bordeaux Supérieur and 2012 Château de Bel, both Bordeaux Supérieur, paired perfectionly with Martin’s Angus Filet Mignon. The cheese course was served with 2010 Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge and 2010 Château L’Isle Fort Bordeaux Supérieur.

The wines were expertly commented on by Michael Madrigale, Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud and Epicerie Boulud in NYC and brand ambassador for Planet Bordeaux wines in the U.S.


Surprisingly Fun Blind Tasting

Guests were then treated to a surprising and fun blind tasting with five wines, a game to find the Bordeaux! The four other wines, all of very good quality and within the same price point, consisted of a Côte du Rhône, a Chianti, a Malbec from Argentina, and a California Cabernet. The Bordeaux was a 2011 Château Penin Les Cailloux. The idea was to recognize the typicity of a Bordeaux and the unmistakable quality-price ratio – and to share a more laid-back and convivial side of Bordeaux. The tasting was very animated, a good time was had by all.