Bordeaux Specials

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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

Experience the ‘French Art of Living’ in a real Wine Châteaux in Bordeaux

With the boom in wine tourism in Bordeaux, a number of famous working wine châteaux have opened their rooms to guests. Here is your chance to experience the French Art of Living, the life of a châtelaine; luxurious but authentic a real taste of the Bourgeois Bordeaux life.   LEFT BANK Haut Médoc: Château du … Continue reading

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

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

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

Delivery Direct from the Vineyards of Bordeaux

SIP WINE CLUB Small Independent Producers Direct from them to you Here are four unknown wine discoveries that are totally SIP. Made uniquely by passionate producers from their own small independent family properties. Delivered direct to your doorstep cutting out any middle men. Authentic wines with their own particular story, the true wines of Bordeaux … 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

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

Primeurs 2014 Bordeaux comes to a close as 2015 gets going

With so far the flowering of 2015 Bordeaux taking place Under ideal conditions, the new vintage pronounces very well as the 2014 vintage primeur campaign comes to an end. Prices were up an 8% on average which with the weak euro made for some attractive offers in my opinion. But apparently the market expected more, … Continue reading

Bordeaux’s Architect Wines

The red terrace of Jean Nouvel at Château La Dominique shines brightly in the Spring sunshine, diverting the eye from the giant curved  lips of Cheval Blanc’s modern winery next door. This week I visited the giant new cellars of Montrose owned by the Bouyges brothers. Last week it was Pavie’s marble morselium. Margaux is in … Continue reading