Saturday 30th January 2010 and Sunday 31st January 2010
In 1970, I was too young to participate in, or even remember the first Saint Vincent festival ever held in Chassagne-Montrachet. That is why organizing the most recent celebration was for me, and others from my generation, a new and meaningful experience.
For a full year, the people in our village, winegrowers as well as others, invested their considerable skills and an enormous amount of time and energy in preparing this major event.
On D-Day, despite the capricious weather the day before which had us a bit worried, everything was ready for a procession by some 80 Burgundian mutuals, preceded by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, to a mass celebrated by the Right Reverend Roland Minnerath, Bishop of Dijon, followed by induction ceremonies.
The 40,000 visitors who shared this weekend with us were able to enjoy a special cuvée of 2008 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc made especially for them.
What an emotional occasion this was, and how proud we felt to belong to the large family of Burgundian winegrowers - men and women who have made the most of their unique terroir for generations upon generations to produce great wines!
And, as is only normal at such special times spent with family, friends and guests passing through, we opened a few old bottles between two bans bourguignons:
- Magnums of 1997 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Masures Blanc
- Bottles of 1990 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru