Meet The Winemaker Event – Emmanuelle Cruse


The Sporting Wine Club was truly privileged to greet Emmanuel Cruse, the Chief Winemaker for Jacky Lorenzetti’s very special Bordeaux Vintages.  The club evening was held at M Victoria who hosted us in their very own mezzanine winetasting room.

Apart from being the owner of Racing 92, who won the French Championship in 2016, Jacky Lorenzetti owns the Chateau’s Lilian Ladouys, Pédésclaux and D’Issan. These are three of the highest quality vineyards in the Haut-Médoc and it is said that wines from Chateau D’Issan were served to Henry of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 14th Century.

 Emmanuel took us skillfully through the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot predominant blends, various vintages of each, and the highest quality truly shone through.  The “Indian Summer” of 2014 gave the perfect conditions to create some truly outstanding wines, although the older vintages were remarkable and we all learnt the true reason for decanting wines a few hours ahead of drinking.

Sporting Wine Club look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with these top wineries of Bordeaux where Emmanuel and Jacky create such wonderful vintages.  Please do consider the opportunity to go and visit the area where, I can guarantee, you will be made very welcome.  Please contact us for more detail.

We were also lucky to have the great Serge Betsen, rugby legend and recently awarded the Légion D’Honneur for services to Rugby and Charity, join us for the evening and there was a lively discussion around recent, and future, rugby matters.

We are already looking forward to our next event!