By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 5:50 pm in Uncategorized.
Just in time for the release of “Bottle Shock,” the story of the landmark Judgment of Paris tasting where an American winery, Napa’s Chateau Montelena, defeated the French first time, Montelena is about to be acquired by none other than a French company. It all comes full circle doesn’t it?
Earlier today, Michel Reybier, owner of Chateau Cos d’Estournel, the grand cru classé of Saint-Estèphe, announced that he is in discussion with Chateau Montelena’s founder, Jim Barrett (played by Bill Pullman in the movie which opens Aug. 6), to acquire the Napa Valley winery, pending red tape and paper work.
The Barrett family acquired Chateau Montelena in 1972 and transformed the estate into what those in the wine industry call an American first growth. “This is a perfect fit – a dream marriage,” said Jim Barrett in an official statement. “We could not have asked for a finer team to carry on this legacy.”
Jim’s son, Bo, will continue to make the wine. I’ll be writing about “Bottle Shock” and interviewing the cast for my column on Aug. 6, so look out for it. It’s quite an ending to a film I already found to be a bit flabby.