Bordeaux Specials

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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

Bordeaux’s Liquid Life Line

BORDEAUX’S ESTUARY AND RIVERS Without its rivers and Estuary the wine region of Bordeaux would not be what it is today. The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river), in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just downstream of the centre … Continue reading

5 horse power at Pontet Canet

Turbo, one of Pontet Canet’s 5 stocky Breton draft horses, resting in his stable during the recent heatwave in Bordeaux where températures got up to 37°C. The horses get days off when températures are over 30°C. The horses are responsible for working in 40 hectares of the vineyards of Pontet Canet (which represents about half … Continue reading

What makes Bordeaux unique in the world of wine?

First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine BORDEAUX Ask any wine consumer the name of a wine region and chances are they will say Bordeaux. Why this is so is not clear but has something perhaps to do with its size, the early recognition of its natural factors giving it a long history … Continue reading

The New Cru Bourgeois “The Renaissance or Demise of Medoc’s historical classification”

First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine Everyone has heard of the 1855 Grand Cru classification of the Médoc, many recognize Médoc’s other classification, the Cru Bourgeois but it was only recently that it was officially recognized. We follow the fall and rise of the Cru Bourgeois classification and hear from the new … Continue reading

Family Business ; Clément Fayat, Vignobles Fayat

Wine Business Decisions; from Head to Heart First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine Clément Fayat, best known as president of the multi-billion civil engineering group BTP, bought his first vineyards in 1969, the 23 hectare property of La Dominique which neighbours one of St Emilion’s most famous properties, Cheval Blanc. Bought initially … Continue reading

A Wake-up Call for the Petits Châteaux of Bordeaux

You will certainly not have heard of Château Béard La Chapelle, Grand Cru St Emilion despite the fact that it has been in the same family for nine generations passing from father to son over the years and that is located just outside of the world renowned medieval village of St Emilion. Part of the … Continue reading