On Thursday, 18 June, Mélissa Bouygues, President of Château Montrose, Martin and Olivier Bouygues, owners since 2006, and Emmanuel Cruse, Grand Master of the Commanderie du Bontemps, started to welcome the 1,600 guests invited to the 64th Fête de la Fleur.
Chosen by the owners of top wine estates in the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac to organise this exceptional gala evening, one of the most glittering events in the French wine industry calendar, Château Montrose was also celebrating two milestones in its own history:
- the 200th anniversary of the planting of its vineyard in an exceptional location overlooking the Gironde estuary;
- the completion of a spectacular renovation over a 7-year period so that the estate can continue to enhance its international reputation, backed up by facilities that are remarkable in every respect, whether technical or architectural.
The Fête de la Fleur traditionally marks the end of Vinexpo Bordeaux. This year, the Bouygues family wanted the event to combine beauty and simplicity, fine dining and poetry, expressing the values of an estate which cultivates the art of discretion. Distinguished guests from the worlds of fine Bordeaux wines, finance, international luxury goods, politics and the arts included Alain Juppé, François Pinault (also owner of the famous Château Latour), Carole Bouquet (a French actress who makes wine on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria), Hubert Guerrand Hermès, Jane Hartley (US Ambassador to France and Monaco), the jeweller Alain Boucheron and Jean-Pierre Raffarin (senator and former prime minister).