|Friday the 16th of November, ’07 saw the launch of the Bouvet-Ladubay bouquet of wines from the Loire valley in Delhi. The event was hosted by the suave French Ambassador to India, Jerome Bonnafont at his residence. Guests included diplomats, the city’s socialites, wine aficionados, and representatives of the hospitality and wine industry.|
Vijay Rekhi, the Managing Director of United Spirits Ltd, a part of the UB Group that owns Bouvet-Ladubay specially flew in from Bangalore for the evening.
Pictured above: French Ambassador, Jerome Bonnafont toasts Bouvet-Ladubay with Sommelier India publisher, Reva Singh
Five wines were presented including Bouvet Trésor Blanc, an elegant sparkling white made dominantly from the Chenin grape, enhanced by the aromas of new oak and well balanced tannins. The Bouvet Rubis Demi-Sec was unusual and the consensus among the members the hospitality trade present was that it would pair well with north Indian food. The Coteaux du Layon (AOC) was an exceptional sweet wine that would go well with desserts or could even be substituted for the dessert course.
|The Ambassador spoke nostalgically about his younger days in the Loire and welcomed the introduction of Loire Valley wines into India. Patrice Monmousseau, the President and CEO of the company gave an introduction to his wines and provided an insight into the history of the company. He said that he was very happy that Bouvet-Ladubay was now an Indian owned company. Pictured to the right is Juliette Monmousseau flanked by Dhruv Sawhney who sits on the Sommelier India Advisory Council.|
The lawns of the residence were beautifully decorated and the total ambience of the evening which included a recital by Sarangi maestro, Kamal Sabri was most conducive to drinking this collection of exceptional wines
|The following evening, Bouvet-Ladubay, in association with Sommelier India, put together a dinner for members of The Wine Society, the Delhi Wine Club and some select guests at Intercontinental, The Grand. Close to 90 people enjoyed this exposition of fine sparkling and still wines from the Loire Valley paired with a four-course continental meal.|
Abhay Kewadkar, business head, wines division and chief wine maker for UB, was master of ceremonies while Patrice Monmousseau, himself, led the tasting of these award-winning wines. A short audio visual presentation on Bouvet-Ladubay and the integration of the French company with the UB Group preceded the dinner.
Monmousseau and his daughter, Juliette, are in India to promote the wines which are being launched across the country. Bottled in origin as well as imported in bulk to be bottled here, the 750 ml bottles of wines retail at prices ranging between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500.