Hester’s 40th, Fabrice and an imperial of Sauternes

Just back from my younger sister Hester’s 40th celebrations, held in a marquee in the gardens of her home in Gerrards Cross. Brother-in-law William had secured the services of star guest Fabrice Dubourdieu, who had come over from Bordeaux with two imperials (six litre bottles) of Sauternes (Chateau Cantegril 2007), one of which we drank. [Pictured above are William and Hester.]

Fabrice (above), the son of famous wine scientist Denis, is involved in marketing/selling the wines of Domaines Denis Dubourdieu, of which Cantegril, a 22 hectare property in Barsac, is but one of many. The Dubourdieus’ particular excellence is in Sauvignon Blanc and sweet wine, so I took the chance to do a video with Fabrice and William tasting a range of sweet wines and asking lots of questions.

The party itself was great fun. An ocean of Drappier was drunk, along with the Sauternes. Fabrice introduced the sweet wine early on in proceedings, and each guest was given a glass to try alongside their Champagne, in an attempt to encourage people to think about using Sauternes as an apertif and not just at the end of a meal. The chap below was dinner.

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