Final of the "20 sur Vin" trophy at Château Lafite Rothschild

On 9th June, the four finalists in the contest organised by the Commanderie du Bontemps, the ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure – Teachers’ Training College), the IEP (Institut d’Etudes Politiques – School of Political Science), Cambridge and Oxford,  were the guests of Château Lafite Rothschild.
The contest consisted of three stages: a ten-question quiz on wine, a one-minute extempore on a subject drawn by lots and a blind tasting at the Bofill cellar at Lafite. The ENS came away with the top prize in front of an admiring audience consisting of around a hundred guests and supporters, winning a double magnum of 1990 Lafite Rothschild. The other contestants were able to console themselves with a double magnum of 1990 Carruades de Lafite!

After the tasting, Baron Eric hosted a grand dinner in the cellar. After a 1998 Carruades de Lafite and a 1994 Duhart-Milon, a double magnum of 1980 Château Lafite Rothschild provided an ideal accompaniment to the cheese, and a 1978 Château Rieussec was served with a charlotte of red fruit, a perfect end to the dinner.