A special wine tasting at the University Club of Chicago

Saturday, October 26, 2002

Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux - Grand Cru Classe de Paulliac


"Walk Around Tasting" - Chateau Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

by Jane Tracy, Vice-Chargée de Presse

Officier Stephen A. Kaplan arranged a special wine tasting reception of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, the extraordinary Grand Cru Classé de Paulliac Bordeaux. The Chateau’s owner, Madame May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, and the Directeur General of the Property, Monsieur Gildas d’Ollone, were in Chicago for this event and talked to Chaîne members as well as private wine collectors from the Chicago area about their wine experiences. We heard of the global strategies for Château Pichon-Lalande and the dynamic marketing approach adopted by this bastion from the Gironde and Pauillac appellation.

An intense renovation program has been accomplished under the guidance of May-Eliane de Lencquesaing and has evolved over a decade resulting in a complete renewal for the Château. Medoc traditions have been respected whilst cleverly balancing modernity with this renaissance. Owner and administrator since 1978, May de Lencquesaing perpetuates the virtues of this historical property that have spanned over the past three Centuries.

The tasting was held at the University Club of Chicago. We had an unique opportunity to taste seven fine vintages of this famed wine. Officier Stephen Kaplan generously arranged the wines for this special afternoon. Executive Chef Mark Baker, newly arrived at the University Club from the Four Seasons Hotel, prepared varied hors d’oeuvres to accompany the wines. Chicagoans who enjoy fine dining are familiar with Chef Baker’s expertise. He was selected to represent the United States at the 2nd St. Moritz Gourmet Festival in Switzerland, an honor bestowed on only nine master culinarians. University Club General Manager Maître Hôtelier John Spidalette was present for the event.

The tasting was held in one of the City’s most spectacular spaces - the Cathedral Hall on the Ninth floor. Built in 1909, Cathedral Hall in this neo-gothic building contains stunning stained glass windows and offers an unsurpassed view of Grant Park and the lakefront.