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 Where best to buy wine when touring Bordeaux?
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 Biodynamics in the shade of a big Elm Tree in Castillon
The appellation boundaries were laid down in the 1930s encircling a village or villages to make up an 'appellation'. A wine producer recently told me that more often then not a circle was drawn around the village church! It is true that often you find very similar looking 'terroir' just over the border of … Continue reading Haut Medoc: look-alike Margaux, St Julien at a fraction of the price