Richemont board member turned winemaker, Alain Dominique Perrin was in town last week for a special dinner hosted by Haute Living’s Kamal Hotchandani and restaurateur Shareef Malnik to celebrate Chateau Lagrezette, his very special French Malbec wine. Perrin is an emblematic figure in the luxury goods world and is known for making Cartier the coveted brand it is today. On this evening he shared another luxury with a select group of VIPs—a taste of Chateau Lagrezette’s assorted wines, including a rosé made with a Malbec grape that was an instant hit even with the Forge’s sommelier who said it was a first for him.
Perrin had this to say, “People forget that the Malbec began in France, although it was all but wiped out by a disease.”Malbec was actually born in Cahors, France, not in Argentina,” explains Perrin of his favorite grape. “The Malbec is very masculine,” says Perrin. “It’s a wine for men, although many women like it. It has a lot of complexity in the nature of red and black berries with a dominance of black berries.”
Indeed, the male-heavy group truly enjoyed the wine, as well as four fabulous courses from Executive Chef Christopher Lee. Other special guests included Perrin’s daughter Berangere Perrin, Ana and Sean Wolfington, Southern Wine & Spirits’ Wayne Chaplin and retired basketball player, Scottie Pippen.