André and Maritza van Rensburg

South African Chapter for the Commanderie de Bordeaux

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On Wednesday, 24 August at a black tie event hosted by La Motte Estate, the 79th Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux was established.

The event started of with a wine tasting of 22 Bordeaux Wines that were brought to South Africa as a gift from the Grand Counseil du Vin de Bordeaux. The tasting was conducted in the barrel cellar at La Motte to celebrate the establishment of the South African Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.

The South African Chapter is the third chapter to be established in Africa. There are roughly 5000 representatives for the Commanderie de Bordeaux around the world including the 32 South Africa Commandeurs who were inducted at the event.

The induction list of Dame Commandeurs and Commandeurs included the following people:

1. Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg
2. Tinus van Niekerk
3. Etienne le Riche
4. Johan Malan
5. Christine Rudman
6. Razvan Macici
7. Tariro Masayati
8. Debbie Thompson
9. Johan Joubert
10. Neil Ellis
11. Fiona McDonald
12. André van Rensburg
13. Pieter Ferreira
14. Anthony Hamilton-Russel
15. Anne Cointreau
16. Hein Koegelenberg
17. Duimpie Bayly
18. Johan Krige
19. Marilyn Cooper
20. Jean Engelbrecht
21. Jan Coetzee
22. Caroline Rillema
23. Danie de Wet
24. Ray Edwards
25. Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
26. Fortunato Mazzone
27. Carrie Adams
28. Melvyn Minnaar
29. Susan Huxter
30. Neil Pendock

And the two Conseillers d'Honneur:

31. Günter Brözel
32. Emmanuel Cruse

The Induction of the First Commandeurs was followed by an elegant five course meal prepared by Pierneef á La Motte chef Chris Erasmus. The dishes were perfectly matched to the imported wines.

Five of the 22 Bordeaux wines we tasted were:

1. Château Latour-Martillac 2006 – Graves
2. Clos De l’Oratoire 2004 – Grand Crus Saint-Émilion
3. Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2000 – Second Growth Pauillac
4. Château Figeac 2001 – Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion
5. Château Rieussec 2003 – Premier Cru Classé Sauternes


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