At the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the evening's wine pairing was all about French wines. Prince Robert of Luxembourg was chosen as the official wine supplier for the first time, pouring four wines from his portfolio of Domaine Clarence Dillon. The group also includes Château Haut-Brion as well as La Mission Haut-Brion. The white Clarendelle Bordeaux 2021, a blend of 43 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 32 percent Sémillon and 25 percent Muscadelle, and the red Clarendelle Bordeaux 2016, a cuvée of 84 percent Merlot, ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon and six percent Cabernet Franc, were drunk.
Also served was Le Dragon de Quintus 2018, the second wine from Château Quintus on the right bank of Bordeaux. The winery has also belonged to Clarence Dillon since 2011. The 2018 is a blend of 75.2 percent Merlot and 24.8 percent Cabernet Franc. Behind the scenes, according to Decanter, "some lucky nominees and winners" were also able to taste one of the rarest white wines in the region: the 2017 La Clarté de Haut-Brion, a blend of 69.4 per cent Sémillon and 30.6 per cent Sauvignon Blanc. This wine, produced in small quantities, is the second joint label of Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Haut-Brion and is made from a cuvée of grapes from both estates.
Other partners at this year's Oscars were the rosé champagne Fleur de Miraval, which is produced in cooperation by Rodolphe Péters with Brad Pitt and the Austrian-born Oscar chef Wolfgang Puck.
Asked how he managed to make the wine for the Oscars, Prince Robert told Decanter that it had been a lengthy process that had taken almost a year. Domaine Clarence Dillon has partnered with the film industry in the past. For example, the company has already sponsored the Cannes Film Festival and the Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux.
(ru / Source: Decanter)