There is always one dinner at Vinexpo that you really wished you had made it to. Last time (2007) it was Chateau Haut Bailly's opening celebration, which is generally renowned as being the best opener in recent years (I didn't make the same mistake twice, and accepted their dinner invitation very quickly this year).

This Vinexpo, it was the Dîner Millésimes de Collection, held on June 23 at Château Angélus, where everyone ended up drinking Premier Grand Cru Classes of Saint Emilion from various old vintages of the 20th century, with food cooked by Michel Troisgros. I had decided to have a night off formal dinners and gone to the (very enjoyable) Clos des Quatres Vents in Margaux, but clearly missed the best night of the week...


Anyway, that dinner was the occasion for Eric d’Aramon, the President of the Groupement de Premiers Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion to announce his departure. After 13 years at the head of the Groupement, which comprises twelve of the Saint-Emilion First Classified Growths, Eric d’Aramon, the Managing Director of Château Figeac, has decided to step down.

Hubert de Bouärd de Laforest, owner of Chateau Angelus, has been appointed as the new President. The new presidency will come into effect July 3. He stepped down as president of the St Emilion wine body a few years ago, and was clearly missing the local action!