Mexico Grand Chapitre
Mexico City, September 20-22, 2018
Three days around the Jeunes Sommeliers Final

The programme for this Grand Chapitre was conceived around the hosting of the 2018 International Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition.

Thursday morning, Sommeliers, Judges, Committee, members and their guests were taken on a tour of Mexico City - primarily by coach but also with the opportunity to walk around museums and markets.

In the evening the “Welcome” Dinner was held at the La Hacienda de Los Morales. The restaurant’s history dates back to the mid-sixteenth century when the first mulberry trees were planted in the region for silkworm rearing. The property was the private residence of various families of Mexican society until the mid-twentieth century. Today, La Hacienda De Los Morales offers visitors a magnificent restaurant with fine international cuisine in a traditional Mexican atmosphere.

Whilst the International Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition was happening behind closed doors at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental, Friday morning saw the Bailliage of Mexico’s annual meeting of Baillis and Council members, also at the hotel.

In the evening, a Tequila Cuervo “Reserva de la Familia” tasting and dinner was held at the Ristorante Azul Histórico, one of several restaurants owned and run by Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita.

Acclaimed Chef Zurita is known for his classic Mexican dishes, simply yet exceptionally well prepared.

Reserva de la Familia® is the world’s first “extra-añejo” Tequila. It is hand-selected from the Cuervo® family’s private collection. Each bottle is made using only blue agave harvested at its peak maturity after seven to twelve years of growing in the field, and aged in French and American oak barrels for a minimum of three years. During the tasting we learnt that Reserva de la Familia® is best served in a snifter glass, allowing for full appreciation of its flavours, aroma, and velvety finish.

Saturday morning was the Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition to place the 1-2-3. With the pressures of the competition concluded everyone could relax in the afternoon before the Gala Awards and Induction Evening again at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental.

The Induction Ceremony was presided over by Klaus Tritschler, Member of the Conseil d’Administration from Germany. He was supported by International Vice President Marie Jones. Both Marie and Klaus were present given that they are members of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition Committee.

Continuing the evening’s highlights - and indeed concluding the three days of events - was the Gala Dinner. The kitchen and service brigades of the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental excelled in making it a night to remember before everyone departed for home the next day.

Marie Jones
Managing Editor