The noble organization known generically as the Red Cross was aided by some of the greatest chateaus of Bordeaux during the War to End All Wars, also known as World War One. The human carnage that was rampant during the war, led to all means of raising funds for a multitude of quasi-military and nationalistic organizations. The Red Cross was a major fund raiser and a major service organization during the war.
One of the ways that the Red Cross in France raised funds was by selling “stamps” similar to Christmas Seals. There were a myriad of these stamps designed and sold by the Red Cross in France, but I wish to mention one booklet of twenty stamps that relate to wines. My last couple of essays has lead me to a tangent of wine and charity. This may be the esoteric of my essays that pertain to this tangent, so please humor or indulge me.
Of the twenty stamps in the booklet, ten of the stamps that I will discuss and display deal with some of the greatest chateaus of the Bordeaux. These great chateaus allowed an image to be used in the service of raising funds. From the commune of Pauillac three chateaus are represented: Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Latour. From Pessac (Graves) we find Chateau du Pape-Clement and Chateau Haut-Brion. Saint-Emilion is represented by Chateau Ausone and Chateau Pavie. The final grouping is from Sauternes and depicted are Chateau Guiraud, Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau and Chateau d’Yquem.
I debated with my self on the best way to display these items, as I was going to show a “stamp” and a label from the winery, but alas I have only enjoyed the wines from seven of the ten chateaus that are shown by work of the engraver. If one is curious to see wine labels, please use the search box on this page to see the label of the wine that I enjoyed. The only three wines that I have not had the pleasure of are Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Pavie and Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau. If any of the readers have extra bottles of these wines and have no desire to try them, you may be generous and ship them off to me, to be included in a future article and a correction to this one. As they say in Social Media LOL.