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Recharging the Vine’s Soil

For the last year or two it is now the fashion to plant plants in between the rows of vines and on land that is fallow that replenish the soil (as they did 100 years ago). Many of these are leguminous (clover, pea such as vetch, bean, alfalfa, lupin – the Fabaceae family)  which naturally … Continue reading

2017 Recap of value and pricing

Thoreau said “the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it”. Well prices for 2017 seem to be about equal to ‘good’ vintages that have already matured in bottle and are closer to the exciting time when they are ‘ready to drink’ and you can pull the cork such as 2006 … Continue reading

St Emilion Refound – refined pure style

For me archetypal St Emilion is a fresh fruity wine with good structure but not too full on. Rounded but at the same time not over the top. Elegant. Knows who it is. Fresh, pure. We have seen in the past a more full-blown style take the centre stage in St Emilion. I suppose we … Continue reading

Bordeaux’s Wine (and Food) Châteaux – fancy a little something with your glass of wine?

With the increase in the number of tourists to Bordeaux (coming increasingly by cruise liner – around 50 come into the city’s port each year or since last July the TGV from Paris in just over 2 hours), the region’s wine châteaux have begun to open their doors (and kitchens) and offer a range of … Continue reading

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