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Natural Defence at Château Climens using their own herbal medicine

Dynamic Climens uses organic herbal teas to control disease and help the vine find its own balance and self defence. Since 2010 Château Climens, Premier Grand Cru Classé Sauternes grows its Semillon grapes 100% biodynamically spearheaded by owner Bérénice Lurton  and Technical Director Frederic Nivelle. A more holistic approach to disease control rather than preventative. The most famous … Continue reading

Top 8 Wine Restaurants in St Emilion

St Emilion has become the best place in Bordeaux to find excellent food in stunning settings. These are my favorites; 1. La Terrasse Rouge at Chateau La Dominique (excellent brasserie style) a modern terrasse overlooking Chateau Cheval Blanc and Pomerol (run by the fab la Brasserie Bordelaise team from central Bordeaux) 2. Les Belles Perdrix … Continue reading

Bordeaux Vineyard Map and where to go first?

Bordeaux Vineyard Map and where to go first?.

Bordeaux 2014: Perfect Flowering season so far for most, top Medoc savaged by hail

For the past ten days or so the vineyards of Bordeaux have experienced perfect flowering conditions (opposite of 2013 when a torrential tropical downpour dashed all hopes for the vintage). Nights have been cold so there has been some coulure (with the baby grapes falling off, lessening yield but causing a very early green harvest). … Continue reading

The Secret Side of St Emilion

Discovering the Real St Emilion – the Secret ‘in-side’ of a wine village By Nicolle Croft (first published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine) St Emilion is probably one of the most well-known wines in the world. Registered by UNESCO since 1999 as one of the World’s heritage sites, the medieval village which lies … Continue reading