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Snooth User: outthere

OK David, time to come to Cali

Posted by outthere, Mar 6, 2012.

Tha Coffee and doughnuts are not to be missed!


Featuring The Six Bordeaux Luminaries
Experience the dinner-of-a-lifetime!
at the home of Ann Colgin & Joe Wender with dinner prepared by The French Laundry

Wednesday, April 25th 7:30pm
$2,000 per person 

Wally’s has arranged a truly unique opportunity for you to experience a dinner-of-a-lifetime featuring The Bordeaux Luminaries: Christian Moueix (Chateau Petrus), Jean Emmanuel Danjoy (Chateau Mouton Rothschild), Veronique Sanders (Chateau Haut Bailly), Bruno Eugene Borie (Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou), Sylvie Cazes (Chateau Pichon Lalande), and Thomas Duroux (Chateau Palmer). “The Dinner” will include their greatest modern vintages matched with a special menu created by none other than The French Laundry. Have you ever thought you would be able to rub elbows and dine with such an array of iconic stars of Bordeaux, complete with their greatest wines paired with The French Laundry’s world-renowned cuisine? 

The wine pours will be generous, and the setting will be an elegant private residence in Bel-Air. We are simply calling this “The Dinner” because that truly says it all. Seating will be extremely limited.

Wine Menu:

2004 Roederer Cristal
Hors d’ Oeuvres

1st Course
Ms. Veronique Sanders 
1986 Chateau Haut Bailly 91pts WS, 
2000 Chateau Haut Bailly 92pts WS

2nd Course
Mr. Bruno Eugene Borie
1995 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 95pts WS 
(Wine of the Year), 
2005 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 97pts RP

3rd Course
Ms. Sylvie Cazes
1982 Chateau Pichon Lalande 100pts RP, 
1996 Chateau Pichon Lalande 96pts RP

4th Course
Mr. Thomas Duroux
1989 Chateau Palmer 95pts RP, 
2000 Chateau Palmer 97pts WS

5th Course
Jean Emmanuel Danjoy
1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 100pts RP, 
1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 95pts RP

6th Course
Mr. Christian Moueix
1998 Chateau Petrus 99pts WS, 
2000 Chateau Petrus 100pts RP
“Coffee & Doughnuts”



Reply by dmcker, Mar 6, 2012.

Damn, guess I can't go since they don't include someone from the Dillon family and at least La Mission if not also Haut Brion! Or are they consciously avoiding American owners? 

And outthere, do you actually make it down to L.A.?

Nice to see a menu that actually makes Cristal look pedestrian. Can't help but wonder what the food matches are for each wine...

Thanks for the post!  ;-)

Reply by outthere, Mar 7, 2012.

And outthere, do you actually make it down to L.A.?

Kicking and screaming ;-)

Reply by shsim, Mar 7, 2012.

Good to know! Thanks Outhere. 

I laughed when I saw this because of the recent bordeaux reviews. I wish I had 2000 to spare. Even then, I wonder if I should go for this in particular. And I do wonder about the menu too.


Reply by JonDerry, Mar 7, 2012.

Wally's has some pretty unbelievable events...

What's the total retail bottle price here, about 20k?

Reply by dmcker, Mar 7, 2012.

Here's the lineup for the companion tasting-only from the same producers. Different bottles and different price ($59.99) and different address. As usual, Moueix is a bit of a stud...



at The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel Wednesday, April 25th 5-7pm
The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
11461 Sunset Boulevard

The personalities, and their wines

• Christian Moueix,
Chairman/Owner, Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix Director/Winemaker Chateau Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy, owner Dominus Estate.
• Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy,
Director, Château Clerc Milon
• Sylvie Cazes,
Director Chateau Pichon Lalande and co-owner Chateau Lynch-Bages
• Bruno Eugene Borie,
Owner Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
• Veronique Sanders,
General Manager Chateau Haut Bailly
• Thomas Duroux,
CEO Chateau Palmer

Each a star in his or her own right, this collection of Bordeaux luminaries getting together to present magnificent examples of their world-renowned wines is likely never to be repeated again. Fans of great Bordeaux will need little encouragement from us to immediately sign up to experience this “one-time-only” special tasting event. The star-power of the personalities involved and the stellar menu of wines to be poured assure all who attend a rare audience with the best and the brightest that Bordeaux has to offer!

Wines to be poured:

Christian Moueix
2004 Chateau Hosanna
2005 Chateau Certan de May
2008 Chateau Certan de May
2007 Chateau La Fleur Gazin
2009 Chateau de Sales
2005 Chateau Magdelaine
2008 Chateau Puy Blanquet

Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy
2005 Mouton Rothschild
2004 Chateau Clerc Milon
1996 Chateau d’Armailhac
2004 Chateau d’Armailhac

Sylvie Cazes
2006 Chateau Pichon Lalande
2005 Chateau Reserve de Comtesse
2004 Chateau Bernadotte
2007 Chateau de Pez
2008 Chateau de Pez
2009 Chateau Haut Beausejour

Bruno Eugene Borie
2005 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
2005 Croix de Beaucaillou
2005 Lalande Borie

Veronique Sanders
2003 Chateau Haut Bailly
2007 La Parde de Haut Bailly
2008 La Parde de Haut Bailly

Thomas Duroux
1995 Chateau Palmer
2006 Alter Ego
Reply by dmcker, Mar 7, 2012.

And Jon, you may be understimating. The avg price on wine searcher for just the two Petrus is $9,000....

shsim this is one event where the hype doesn't outdo the content. It is a ridiculously highpowered list with several great vintages, nor do you have to worry, at all, about the bottles' provenance. And the food from French Laundry (consistently one of the top couple restaurants in the States and top half dozen in the world, as rated by people who like to get paid to make such ratings) itself would cost hundreds of dollars before the tips--and be worth it, as long as you had it to spend. outthere obviously knows the dessert is nothing to scoff at, too.  ;-)

And that all's before wondering who will show up at the meal...

Damn, I just noticed (meaning I had to relinquish denial) that the Pichon and Mouton 100-pointers cover both my daughters' birth years. outthere, what have you started??! 

Reply by JonDerry, Mar 7, 2012.

I very well may, my first hunch was 30k, but without searching I figured the Petrus alone would be about 7, and everything would be downhill from there.  Anyway, it's a ton. I'll pass it on to my friend up north.

This 2nd option looks rather enticing as well, thanks for posting. 

Reply by shsim, Mar 7, 2012.

Haha Dmcker, I do agree. I have no doubts about the great wines and food (I have heard too much about French laundry to be jealous about who have had the experience). Most of my income do go into good food (homemade!) and beverage, and it is always well worth it even when I splurge on a good restaurant, especially because you are what you eat. I do not what to be made up of Wendy's and Vodka. My main concern is what is the limit I set myself to justify the spending. It is an experience for me yes, but there are so many I can feed properly with $2000. Dont get me wrong, I am not a philanthropist and I do enjoy life. But I do feel like before I go for this dinner, I should save up another $2000 for an underprivileged person to enjoy the meal. Or better, feed many decently.

All in all, I just dont think I could do it. Although it would be thoroughly enjoyed. :-) 



Reply by dmcker, Mar 7, 2012.

Coincidentally I was looking earlier today at an offer from Majestic, an online merchant over in the UK. They had that same '86 Mouton for 1200quid/btl (though I'm confident you can get it for less in the US), with possibly weaker provenance. So yeah, pretty sure without breaking everything down that the list will go over 20k. Even without factoring in goodwill, Wally's will make a tidy profit from the dinner, tho, and the winemakers and French Laundry can write their contributions off as well-targeted marketing, anyway. A smart event--one that the extra effort to go a little over-the-top will likely more than recompense.

Yeah, Jon, I would think the tasting-only event would be at least as interesting as the Faively affair...

Reply by JonDerry, Mar 7, 2012.

Actually D, you'll be shocked to find the bottle price for the above - average RETAIL is only just a hair above 13k. The cheapest US retail prices were just over 11k via wine searcher. Yeah, you'd have to go through cellaraiders, flickering, etc., but it's interesting.

And the Petrus, as you note, accounts for 9k of the 13. So, if Wally's somehow got a discounted rate from Christian, this could all turn into a very tidy profit indeed. And of course, i'd expect generous pours everywhere except possibly the Petrus.

Interestingly, the Mouton's run only just above a thousand combined through US retailers.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 7, 2012.

I'd be surprised if Wally's pays much of anything for those wines. And you've got to imagine that the winemakers will be bringing backup bottles in the event one or more of theirs is corked.

Not really too surprised, just ashamed of my laziness for not looking them all up. Does give you a good perspective on the value in the marketplace right now of the 2009 Bordeaux, doesn't it!

Nor do we know what the 'limited seating' number will be. Imagine such a manse in Bel Air might have a fair-sized dining room, though....

Reply by outthere, Mar 7, 2012.

But I do feel like before I go for this dinner, I should save up another $2000 for an underprivileged person to enjoy the meal. 

Oh that's sweet, you're going to take me with you. How generous! ;-)

Reply by shsim, Mar 7, 2012.

Haha!! I dont know if you fit the category. :-)

Reply by JonDerry, Mar 7, 2012.

Yeah, thought about backup bottles too. Or maybe some bottles sitting around Wally's shop or warehouse all these years bought at the original prices. And of course, as you say possibly donated bottles by the bordeaux talent. Would love to know how many people they'll pack in there and if it will fill.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 9, 2012.

To put things in perspective, if someone were contemplating paying for one bottle of Salon at 11 Madison,  (or hell, even Per Se, French Laundry's Manhattan sister) in NYC, they could take that same money, fly roundtrip to L.A., stay at the Hotel BelAir (!) l for one night, and pay the fee to enjoy the Wally's/Bordeaux/FrenchLaundry event, and still have change in their pocket on returning home, though if course it depends on the room at the hotel and type of flight. That's before paying for any of the food, other drinks and tips at that restaurant. Also most likely so for most anyone in San Fran who went down to LA rather than up to Napa and bricks-and-mortar French Laundry.

So the event, in that bracket anyway, is a steal at that price! Ah yes, rationalization....

Reply by shsim, Mar 9, 2012.

Haha that is a great way to put it.

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