It’s a long tradition in Bordeaux. Every year for the flowering of the vineyards in June, the renowned wine region celebrates its flower festival or Fête de la Fleur.The sumptuous celebration is held in alternation in Bordeaux’s city center or in one of the world-famous châteaux members of the Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc, des Graves, de Sauternes et de Barsac, one of the oldest and largest wine brotherhoods in France.
To be more precise, the sumptuous gala is held by a château, in years in which Vinexpo, the wine trade’s most important professional event is held in Bordeaux.
Traditionally the Fête de la Fleur is organized on the last night of Vinexpo. In 2017 with Vinexpo being held on 4 days (and no longer 5) Fête de la Fleur will be celebrated on June 21 2017, a Wednesday (it used to be on Thursday nights).
It’s Château Malartic-Lagravière, a Cru Classé de Graves, owned by the Bonnie family, which has the honour to host the celebration. The gala coincides with Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie’s 20 years at the head of the family estate anniversary. The festivity will welcome some 1500 invited VIP guests and will be organized by the Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc, des Graves, de Sauternes et de Barsac.
The History of Château Malartic-Lagravière
Domaine de Lagravière, recognized since time immemorial for its excellent terroir, was purchased at the end of the eighteenth century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic. Serving the armies of the Kings of France, this Admiral fought against the English on the many seas of the world, showing special bravery in 1756 during the battle of Quebec. The estate was bought in 1850 by Madame Arnaud Ricard, who added the name Malartic to that of Lagravière as a tribute to the former owners. After land reorganization and the acquisition of some small plots, the estate took on the form which it was to keep until the 1950s. The Marly family were the last of the Ricard ancestry to run the Château. Of particular note, Jacques Marly was estate manager from 1947 to 1990. Having enjoyed an excellent reputation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Château Malartic-Lagravière was one of only six properties in Bordeaux to enter the 1953 Graves classification for both its red and white wines. At the end of 1996, the Château entered a new era with the arrival of the Bonnie family.