This June 4th, Baron de Sigognac had the particular honour and immense pleasure of welcoming over fifty eminent members of the renowned Worshipful Company of Distillers at Château de Bordeneuve for a relaxed, open-air luncheon. The whole event took place under especially-erected marquees at the foot of the Domain’s centuries-old ageing cellars.
The Worshipful Company of Distillers, which obtained its Royal Charter under the reign of King Charles I, is the prestigious London-based Livery Company, which counts many of Britain’s greatest luminaries from the universe of alcohols and the distiller’s art.
A company based on congeniality and brotherhood, staunchly upheld by the heritage and traditions of the City of London, one of its principal objectives, is to provide an influential meeting place for the world of spirits.
So it was that, with tremendous pride, Thomas Guasch and the Baron de Sigognac team, welcomed the prestigious delegation to Château de Bordeneuve last Tuesday.
The reception commenced with a choice selection of house aperitifs:
Josiane Royale, 1/5 Grande Josiane et 4/5 sparkling dry white wine;
la Blanche au Citron in a High-Ball, topped up with Schweppes;
Le Bas Armagnac Baron de Sigognac VS over ice.
Pre-luncheon was joyously animated with workshops demonstrating local foie-gras and Serrano ham slicing, followed by delicious suckling pig and seasonal vegetables.
The banquet was crowned by generous tastings of Baron de Sigognac, featuring the following Bas-Armagnacs:
Post-feast, Baron de Sigognac opened the doors to his ageing cellars and then to his distillery, where the invited guests, distillers-all, were charmed by the Domain’s own alembic still dating to 1921.
" It was an absolute pleasure for us to open our cellar doors to this distinguished Company," confirms Thomas Guasch, "as well as to our Distillery; an almost sacrosanct site. I would like to pay homage to our guests for their informed, relaxed and enlightening dialogue.
Long life to the values of fellowship, friendship and Epicureanism which we all share and long live The Worshipful Company of Distillers!"