I was very fortunate to have been invited to a dinner tonight featuring the wines of Château Margaux. Sotheby's is holding an auction in New York this week entitled "A Celebration of the Mentzelopoulos Era" featuring vintages from 1900 to 2010 - where all the wines come directly from the château - and the auction house decided to host a dinner here in Hong Kong featuring a few of the wines.
I had the privilege of visiting the château a few years ago and was warmly received by winemaker Paul Pontallier and his lovely wife Béatrice. It helps that Thibault Pontallier, Paul's son, has been stationed in Hong Kong for the last few years to represent the château. He arranged for a shipment of wines direct from the château, so that the wines we tasted tonight would have the same provenance as the ones in the auction. We are, of course, very grateful for this kind arrangement.
The food tonight was catered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which usually does a pretty good job. Tonight the food was the best I've ever had at one of Sotheby's catered events, as just about every single dish was well-executed.