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Vinexpo Daily 2019 - Day 3 Edition


REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: AMERICAS Laura Catena and her ‘100-year’ plan ADVERTORIAL Acclaimed Argentine winemaker, Laura Catena, says she is delighted to have her top-end label, Nicolás Catena Zapata, sold through La Place de Bordeaux as it was part of her “100-year plan” to have the wine in the cellar of every major collector in the world. She was speaking during a recent trade launch and tasting in London of the new vintage of Nicolás Catena Zapata, which is named after her father and iconic Argentine winemaker who did so much to pioneer and put Argentina on the global wine map. It’s why Vinexpo Bordeaux is such an important event for Catena as it is an opportunity to not only show the wine and the new vintage, but explain why working with La Place de Bordeaux, and the négociant network, is so important to her global strategy. She shares her father’s passion to promote Argentina as being able to make and stand alongside the greatest wines in the world. It’s why she believes La Place de Bordeaux, is the ideal platform to help take the wine and the Catena name to the most important, influential and prestigious collectors around the world. Two of Catena’s wines are currently being sold through 10 merchants on La Place, the Nicolás Catena Zapata 2015 and Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2015 Hall 1 / Stand A175 Discover US spirits with Heaven Hill Brands US distillery Heaven Hill Brands has brought its portfolio of fast growing American spirit brands to Vinexpo as it looks to expand its international distribution. The Kentucky-based spirits business has spent the last few years making big steps to improve its product range, distilling team and technical expertise. This year alone it has brought in a new master distiller to the business, Conor O’Driscoll, who becomes only the company’s seventh in its 84-year history. It is also in the middle of an million expansion to the Heaven Hill Distillery Visitor Centre as it looks to build its profile as the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier in the US. Its impressive range of innovative and growing spirits brands will be available to taste at Vinexpo including its signature bourbon range featuring Evan Williams, the second largest bourbon brand in the world, and its premium Elijah Craig and Larceny brands. Other key products to look out for include Deep Eddy Vodka, which Heaven Hill hopes will become the best-selling premium vodka in the US, and its 100% agave Lunazul Tequila, which sold 350,000 cases in 2018. Heaven Hill is now the sixth-largest spirits supplier in the US and second largest holder of ageing bourbon whisky in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,500,000 barrels Hall 1 / Stand D221 Haven’t I seen you on TV? Bodega Garzón arrives at Vinexpo 2019, hot on the news that it had been chosen by Wine Enthusiast as the first producer to feature in its new Amazon TV series, It Starts with Wine. The show travels the world exploring the culinary traditions of different countries, and chose what is the largest wine family project in Uruguay, Bodega Garzón as a main feature - for good reason. Located in the department of Maldonado, a few miles from the exclusive beach resort of Jose Ignacio, the property has 240 hectares New World Winery of the Year Bodega Garzón was chosen as the New World Winery of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards. Top 100 Wine & Spirits Bodega Garzón was the first Uruguayan wine producer to have a wine in the Top 100 of Wine & Spirits for its Balasto 2015, the first vintage of this iconic wine. Wine Spectator Top 100 Bodega Garzón’s Tannat Reserva 2015 was the first Uruguayan wine to make it into the Top 100 of Wine Spectator. The magazine also recently gave the wine 91 points. Exports Bodega Garzón has become Uruguay’s largest exporter of wine KEY MILESTONES FOR BODEGA GARZÓN of vineyards, growing 15 different grape varieties, including Tannat and Albariño. Garzón can also claim to be the first fully sustainable winery in Latin America, having invested heavily in innovative production methods making it a state-of-the-art icon of the region. As well as producing a range of quality wines, the Bodega has also become a popular destination for tourists offering a number of different experiences as well as acclaimed gastronomy in its own restaurant, headed up by international chef, Francis Mallmann. and is now available in 35 countries, across six continents, around the world. Sakura Japan Women’s Awards Petit Clos was awarded the exclusive Diamond Trophy 2019 in the Sakura Japan Women’s Awards. In total six of Bodega Garzón’s wine were awarded either a Gold or Double Gold medals. LEED Silver Certification First sustainable winery outside of North America to be awarded LEED Silver certification and the first facility in its entirety, including process, hospitality, offices, cellar and wine club to be 100% LEED Silver certified Hall 1 / Stand C271 18 VINEXPO DAILY / DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY 15 TH MAY 2019

© Les Williams HOSPITALITY / RESTAURANTS / BARS WHERE TO GO IN Bordeaux CLUBS / EVENTS / SHOPPING / CULTURE La Brasserie Bordelaise: a city institution Nicolas Lascombes La Brasserie Bordelaise Hall 1 / Stand A91 Nicolas Lascombes, owner of La Brasserie Bordelaise and seven other restaurants in Bordeaux, explains why he decided to bring one of the city’s most popular names to the Restaurant area at Vinexpo, run in partnership with CIVB. Tell us about La Brasserie Bordelaise? It was the first restaurant I opened in Bordeaux and I wanted to offer the best cuisine of South West France and only work with local producers to offer typically Gascon dishes. I also wanted to have a restaurant that had a strong affinity with the winemakers in Bordeaux. In fact they were my first customers as they would stay for lunch or dinner after delivering their wines. That connection with wine is clearly very important to you? Absolutely! We are here in Bordeaux. We want to be part of the family of Bordeaux wine and we have built up many great friendships and partnerships with local producers. Over 90% of our wines are from Bordeaux. We also have a close association with the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB or Bordeaux Wine Council). We want to represent Bordeaux in everything we do from our local food, fish and meat producers to our wines. About 70% of our customers are local families and businesses which is very important to us. I ALSO WANTED TO HAVE A RESTAURANT THAT HAD A STRONG AFFINITY WITH THE WINEMAKERS IN BORDEAUX. Your connections with Bordeaux producers has gone so far as to open restaurants at some châteaux? Yes, we are working with a number of producers and have a restaurant within Château Guiraud in Sauternes, Châteaux La Dominique, a Grand Cru Classé of Saint- Emilion and Châteaux Marquis de Terme in Margaux. Tell us about the Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant you have at Vinexpo? It is exactly what we offer at the restaurant. We have chicken from the Médoc, fish from Arcachon and our beef comes Burgundy. We are working with the CIVB to offer all our guests free wine from Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur to try with their meal. We want our guests to be able to discover the diversity of wines in Bordeaux that go well with our food. Bordeaux producers exhibiting at the show can also bring wines to share with their customers during the meal. Just like we do at the restaurant in Bordeaux. We have been very busy every day. Which places would you recommend visitors discover in Bordeaux? Go to La Place de la Comedie and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux wine in front of the Grand Theater. Or go to the wine bar at the offices of the CIVB. You must also go to the St Michel market. It is where chefs and restaurants go to get their fresh vegetables, meat, cheese and all their local produce. VINEXPO DAILY / DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY 15 TH MAY 2019 19