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Bordeaux Wine Dates 2013

PRIMEURS 2012: 8-12 April OPEN DOOR ST EMILION: 4th and 5th May FETE DE FLEUVE: 24 May to 2nd June VINEXPO : 16-20 June (professional fair) UNION GRAND CRU: Amateur Tasting 18 May ST EMILION JAZZ 19 – 22 July

Trend of Bordeaux Châteaux moving into foreign hands continues

The sale of St Emilion premier grand cru classé Bellefont Belcier has been completed to a Chinese industrialist with his fortune made in iron. Prices per hectare are said to be between 1 and 1.5 million euro (13 out of 20 hectares in production). Bordeaux is used to foreign ownership with Japanese, Belgian, Americans and English … Continue reading

Bordeaux Wine Events

Why not plan a trip to Bordeaux in 2013? The best times are the Spring and early summer.

A Case of ‘Rotten Luck’ for the sweet wine producers of Bordeaux?

Château d’Yquem Bordeaux produces the unique sweet wines made by the noble rot. Due to the precarities of this elusive fungus, it is rarely found elsewhere. These wines are unique and are amongst the world’s longest living wines. The fungus is very fickle and only arrives with particular climatic conditions late into the Autumn, it … Continue reading

Assessment of the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage now its in the barrel

Early unfavourable conditions for the vine which encouraged disease and above all disrupted the flowering, were caught up with exceptionally sunny and dry August and September enabling canny producers to harvest healthy grapes before the deluge of rain towards end October. (Based on a report issued by Euralis experts) Disturbed Flowering The first half of the vine’s … Continue reading

The Wine Writer is a dying breed says wine writer Andrew Jefford

I would go further and say that the wine expert is also on his or her way out. The internet has made wine transparent, debunking the myths that surrounded it (perpetuated by the experts perhaps). What is important with something as subjective as wine is what the individual likes. There is no universal taste. The power of … Continue reading

Sweet Bordeaux – Time for a Resurgence

The legendary sweet wines of Bordeaux, produced by the magical noble rot, were heralded in the past as some of the world’s finest and longest living wines, enjoyed by the very rich. Today they can be bought at very fair prices. Due to the painstaking way they are made, their rarity, uniqueness and the fact … Continue reading

Michel Rolland on the 2012 Vintage in Bordeaux

From How is the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux? Climatic conditions always have a primordial effect on grapes and on a vintage, but what we can do now is utterly different from 15 years ago. In great vintages such as 2009 and 2010, we have to tame nature; in difficult ones we must cajole it. … Continue reading

Top Ten Champagne Houses in terms of global wine sales

None of my personal favorites; (independents Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Bollinger)…but here are the top ten biggies in terms of global sales from The Drinks Business 1.Moet et Chandon 2. Veuve Cliquot 3.Nicolas Feuillete 4. GH Mumm 5. Laurent Perrier 6. Piper Hiedsiek 7. Tattinger 8. Pommery 9. Lanson 10. Perrier Jouet

Going Organic! Margaux Durfort Vivens follows Pontet Canet, Guiraud, Climens, Fonroque

Gonzague Lurton explains his decision to transfer his second growth Margaux property, Durfort Vivens into 100% organic production by harvest of 2013. He started the process in 2009 on only 20% of production and has seen some interesting changes such as thicker foilage