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2015 Bordeaux Caribbean Summer, Indian one to follow?

Temperatures are set to hit 36°C today as everyone prepares for ‘la rentrée’. The summer has been long, dry and hot with a break a week ago  with some rain. We are about two weeks in advance of a ‘normal’ year. The grapes are ripening with levels of sugar higher than normal at this point. Heavier bunches … Continue reading

Foodies’ Advice on making the most of San Sebastian, Spain

There are wonderful places to go before or after Bordeaux. Many of my clients visit San Sébastian which is only three hour’s drive from Bordeaux or even shorter by train. Here are some top tips from some of my clients this summer… To get there, you can take the TGV to Hendaye where you need to change … Continue reading

Brief Rain Relief in Bordeaux

After three months of no rain, we have had two days of non-stop rain (8th and 9th August). The vines needed particularly the Younger vines whose root systems do not go too far down. Veraison has finished (chaging of the colour) but No ‘arret de croissance’ yet (when the vine stops growing leaves and switches to … Continue reading

Lazy Sunday in Bordeaux? Great Châteaux that are ‘open all hours’

After breakfast on the quayside market in Bordeaux (fancy oysters and a glass of white wine?) head off to the vineyards for a visit and tasting and some of Bordeaux’s most famous châteaux that are open all hours (but make sure to pre-book!). Take your choice between St Emilion, Medoc, Graves and Sauternes! St Emilion … Continue reading

DIY All-round Wine Tour of Bordeaux

When visiting the Bordeaux wine régions the best is to have your own private guide to put a super itinerary together to show a good mix of properties, get you there smoothly and to fill you in on all the background information, politics and explain the confusing terms seen on the wine labels. Or you … Continue reading

Keeping it in the Family in St Emilion

For 400 years one of the oldest wine families in St Emilion have managed to continue to make wine at their estate despite increasing pressures from all sides. Today it is the 13th and 14th generation of the David Beaulieu family that run the  12 hectare property of Château Coutet St Emilion Grand Cru  located on the … Continue reading

Long Hot Summer pronounces early good vintage for 2015 Bordeaux

Grapes are changing colour after six weeks of températures in the 30°s (with just the occasional light rain showers). Berries are small with little juice. The dry conditions are starting to stress the Young vines. The harvest will start around 25th September this year. Fingers crossed for a good vintage. Normally vintages with a five are … Continue reading