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2006 Red Bordeaux: How is it getting on?

Over 100 Bordeaux Cru Classe at negociants Millesima Tasting in Bordeaux Eighteenth tasting in the cellars of Millesima in Bordeaux of over 100 Bordeaux wines, mostly Cru Classe, from the 2006 vintage held on Thursday 21st February. Hundreds of journalists and Chateau owners were present. Since tasting at the En Primeurs in April 2007 it … Continue reading

Open-Door in Jurancon

Up in the steep foot-hills of the Pyrennees on the Southern side of Pau is situated the vineyard of Jurancon (700 ha spread over 25 villages), famous since for its luscious sweet wines. I remember when I first started in the wine trade at the traditional wine merchants Lay & Wheeler in Colchester we used … Continue reading

Up-and-Coming Changes to French Appellation Rules

Jacques Gautier, Regional Director of the INAO for the Gironde The principal concept of being part of an appellation in France involves  having a ‘typicity’ from a particular region which raises these particular products above the standard. This includes both naturally occurring factors such as soil and micro-climate and factors that are man-made eg particular … Continue reading

Hard Graft gets results in Castillon

Château La Roche Pressac, Côtes de Castillon On the 25th January in Le Wine Bar in central Bordeaux hosted a producer tasting and welcomed the young and talented winemaker Chrystelle Lirand, of Château La Roche-Pressac in Côtes de Castillon. Her and her husband bought the estate at the beginning of 2003 and we tasted a … Continue reading