nicolle

Wine bod living in Bordeaux whose passion is finding authentic wines and getting them to your doorstep
nicolle has written 321 posts for SIP Wine Blog – Bordeaux

Where best to buy wine when touring Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is not California or anywhere else in the wine world where cheapest prices are found at source. In Bordeaux the châteaux do not sell their wine around the world, they sell it on exclusively to a specialised wine merchants based in the city of Bordeaux (négociants) who do all of their commercial work for … Continue reading

Whetting your taste buds in Bordeaux before a Wine Tour

Ex-cellar master and wine writer François Martin invites you into his private tasting area where you can learn about the intricacies of the wines of Bordeaux before you head out into the vineyards. Over two hours he explains how to decipher the Bordeaux wine label and gives you lots of tips on what to look … Continue reading

Biodynamics in the shade of a big Elm Tree in Castillon

It’s a very wet spring and early summer for the 2018 vintage and the mildew that everyone is suffering from is even heavier in properties that are biodynamic with their only defence copper and sulphate (allowed as they are ‘natural’ but in tiny doses) and infusions of nettle and Horsetail. Cellar master/vineyard manager Nicolas Cosse … Continue reading

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

Seventh Heaven in Bordeaux? as we taste the 2017s

Sevens are notoriously unlucky here in Bordeaux. There has been one outstanding vintage ending in a seven but that was back in 1947. Everyone has heard of the catastrophic very late frosts that hit at the end of April last year when vegetation was well developed (2 weeks in advance than normal). But what is … Continue reading

Changing Scene of Bordeaux Restaurants

Bordeaux is bursting with restaurants but you must book in advance to get into the popular ones. The scene is changing as Bordeaux is being infused with Parisians (only 2 hours from paris on the TGV train). Here are a mix of some of the traditional and newer ones from a local. Fine Cuisine Miles … Continue reading

The New Line of Vegetarian Restaurants in Bordeaux

Thanks to a client Mark Mitchell from Burbank, California who recently spent a few days in Bordeaux to visit its vineyards and dine in its vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants! French for Vegetarian: végétarien French for Vegan: végétalien It wasn’t long ago that it was only a juicy ‘entrecôte’ steak or ‘magret de canard’ that were … Continue reading

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