A Taste of Genuine Saint Emilion

"as it is" -  ‘sans poudre aux yeux’ From the village of Saint-Emilion, head towards Pomerol, pass Cheval Blanc and turn right.” Easy to drive past, a small sign in front of a wooded driveway tells us we have safely arrived at the home of Jean-Noël Boidron, Château Corbin Michotte, Grand Cru Saint-Emilion. It is … Continue reading A Taste of Genuine Saint Emilion


2016 Bordeaux; Elegance & Precision

It has been the 2016 future's week here in Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage is a great one. Overall the wines have body, rich ripe fruit, structure and freshness. There is some heterogenity depending on terroir's ability to cope with the dry conditions. The best are already integrated, balanced with ripe fruit and freshness and elegant with … Continue reading 2016 Bordeaux; Elegance & Precision

Bordeaux is Back

As the Future's Week approaches here is some of the background of the recent campaigns to help understand where we are today regarding buying futures 2016. There is no doubt that the vintage is a very good if not great one, but the climate has changed and consumers are preferring to buy ready to drink … Continue reading Bordeaux is Back

2016; what makes a great Bordeaux vintage

As the futures week approaches in Bordeaux we cast our minds back to last year 2016, its climatic pattern and the deep red wine already in barrel about to be judged for the rest of its life. *very wet Spring which filled water tables to the brim *successful flowering period across the varieties although slow … Continue reading 2016; what makes a great Bordeaux vintage

SIP Highlights Bordeaux 2016

Dear Wine Friends, I so enjoy sharing my passion of Bordeaux and its authentic people and wines. Bordeaux may be one of the oldest wine regions in the world but it is definitely waking up and there is a new dynamism taking hold in the famous classified properties and the SIPs (smaller independent producers). Here … Continue reading SIP Highlights Bordeaux 2016

Join Climens (Grand Cru Classé, Barsac) through their 2016 Harvest

Here is the recount of this excellent sweet wine year of 2016 direct from Château Climens  itself, my favorite Barsac, 100% Sémillon and biodynamic! Can visit and taste too (20€pp), for tasting of 4 vintages (60€pp) or a food and wine partnered lunch (180€pp, 6 to 14 people Michelin restaurant Darroze).  http://www.chateau-climens.fr  #climens Spring 2016 : … Continue reading Join Climens (Grand Cru Classé, Barsac) through their 2016 Harvest

Phenomenal Wine Woman

This last year which ever 'chai' (above ground barrel cellar in Bordeaux) I visited, there were woman everywhere busy at work racking wine from one barrel to another, moving barrels to clean them, taking samples from vats, pumping over wine from the bottom of the vat to the top. The usual cellar work you may … Continue reading Phenomenal Wine Woman

2016 Bordeaux – it’s in the barrel!

The first wine of the 2016 harvest emerges from its fermenting vats; deep inky purple-black with intense aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and violets. Following the successful 2015 vintage, ‘the daring’ are saying it is even better and with its balance of power and freshness could rival the great 2010. It is still early days but … Continue reading 2016 Bordeaux – it’s in the barrel!

Larcis Ducasse, St Emilion’s Bijou gets ready

Ready, set go! at Larcis Ducasse (#chateaularcisducasse), Premier Grand Cru Classé for the new vintage 2016. Harvest starts this Tuesday 11th October for the Merlot which makes up 78% of the vineyard and Cabernet Franc will follow later. It normally lasts 10 to 12 days in all but as the sun continues to shine there … Continue reading Larcis Ducasse, St Emilion’s Bijou gets ready

No Rush to get in Red Bordeaux 2016

The sun is still shining here in Bordeaux and though most young vine Merlot plots have been picked, many wine producers are taking their time this year letting the vines soak up the Autumn sun rays. Earlier ripening appellations and areas such as Pessac Leognan and the graves of St Emilion and Pomerol are finishing … Continue reading No Rush to get in Red Bordeaux 2016