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 2006 Red Bordeaux: How is it getting on?
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 Open-Door in Jurancon
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 Up-and-Coming Changes to French Appellation Rules
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 Hard Graft gets results in Castillon