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

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

Bordeaux Biodynamic properties and those going that way …

Pesticide residues in wines have been in the news this year in Bordeaux. Here is a list of those wines with zero levels being biodynamic (optimising natural defence) and organic (only natural products).  More and more properties in Bordeaux are moving across (even more experimenting on plots) despite the difficult climate (wet and warm)  biodynamic … Continue reading Bordeaux Biodynamic properties and those going that way …

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

Making sense in St Emilion at biodynamic Fonroque

It takes a person with vision and courage to decide to grow vines in the wet, warm climate of Bordeaux without using fungicide. Or perhaps even a little folly in the days when no-one had heard of biodynamics. Yet this is what Alain Moueix decided to do in 2002 after taking over the family vineyard. … Continue reading Making sense in St Emilion at biodynamic Fonroque

How nature makes nutrients available to plants in healthy soil

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/roots-health-elaine-ingham-science-soil/ Elaine Ingham  http://www.soilfoodweb.com/ Plants use sunlight to make sugars; they then send most of these to their roots as exudates (substances that ooze out from plant tissue) – or, as Ingham puts it, they deliver ‘cakes and cookies’ to the soil for aerobic bacteria and fungi to feed on, encouraging them to amass around … Continue reading How nature makes nutrients available to plants in healthy soil

The Soil is Sick – bring it back to life

Wood eating fungal diseases and nematodes (microscopic worms) have existed in the soil of vineyards since the beginning of the vine, 1000s of years ago. In the past they lived off dead wood, today they are gaining ground and vines all over France are literally  'being eaten alive' and dieing. At first they become weaker … Continue reading The Soil is Sick – bring it back to life