Bordeaux, France L'Union des Crus Classés de Graves has invited the owner-chefs of Trout Point Lodge to le dîner traditionnel des Accabailles December 8 in Bordeaux. The event, which marks the conclusion of each year's grape harvest, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Usually only Michelin-starred chefs and luminaries from the world of French cuisine receive such an invitation.
Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary will have the chance to sample numerous vintages of both the region's red and white wines, old and new, and experience the gastronomy of Southwestern France. A tasting from all member chateaux occurs before the dinner.
The Union is made up of the finest wine producers of the Bordeaux region known as Pessac-Léognan, including the world-renowned Château Haut-Brion. In addition to the gala dinner and wine tasting hosted by Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary will experience an additional wine tasting lunch at Château Carbonnieux and a tasting of the 2009 vintage at Château Pape Clément.
The award-winning Trout Point wine list features a number of bottles from this region, just to the north of Bordeaux City. "Pessac is actually one of our favorite appellations, not just from Bordeaux but around the world," said Charles Leary. "We're honoured to have received such a rare invitation." Perret & Leary lived in Bordeaux for a brief period in 2006-07. During the December 7 weekend, they will also get to stay for 2 nights as guests in one of the Union's member chateaux, among the vineyards.
"It really helps our understanding of wine and food to visit a region like this. We can truly represent the Pessac wines on our list as well," said Perret. A number of wines from these producers are currently carried by the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission as well.
This is not the first link made this year between Bordeaux and Nova Scotia. Owner of Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Daniel Cathiard, was among a prestigious group of French winemakers who visited Nova Scotia wine producers this past May.
Perret & Leary last attended Accabailles event in 2011. Only 30 persons will receive an invitation to the 50th anniversary weekend event, according to the Union.
Besides Haut-Brion, Union members include Château La Mission Haut-Brion Château La Tour Haut-Brion - Château Laville Haut-Brion, Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château de Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Olivier, Château Pape Clément, Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
Trout Point Lodge is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which also has a member hotel adjacent to Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte.