A few hours after Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley to win the FA Cup, Bordeaux became Champions of the French league on saturday night by winning away at Caen 0-1. Les Girondins pipped Marsailles to the title, and some 80,000 had gathered in front of the big screen in the city centre, in la Place des Quinconces, to witness the thrilling finale.
Bordeaux were last champions in 1999, the year we arrived here. It’s also good to see a direct wine connection, in that the Président, Jean-Louis Triaud (pictured), is the owner of two châteaux in Saint-Julien – the little-known, classified growth Château St-Pierre and the unclassified but better known Château Gloria.
I met the affable Monsieur Triaud last autumn in his smoke-filled office, just opposite Château Ducru-Beaucaillou on the D2 wine route, when I went to taste his 2006s in bottle. He’s the son-in-law of the late Henri Martin, who created Gloria by buying up parcels of St-Julien over many years, and left his mark as Mayor of St-Julien by plonking a huge, replica wine bottle near the road. I should think the Martin-Triaud household will be cracking open some fairly decent stuff up there this summer.