What was your biggest challenge in the vineyard? The challenge is each year the same : we must harvest late enough to pick perfectly ripe fruits (the decision can be difficult in years with a lot of rain before the harvest. We fear that it will rot the fruit and so we might … Continue reading Bordeaux 2019 -Yves Raymond, Château Saransot Dupré, Listrac, Haut Médoc
So far 2019 did not get to go to the ball but has had to stay at home (like the rest of us) and wait her turn. The futures barrel sample tastings in Bordeaux that normally takes place this week (first week of August) has been cancelled or hopefully postponed until another date. But which … Continue reading 2019 Bordeaux – will Cinderella get to go to the Ball?
Some very nice wines (see my favorites below) made with even increased precision of winemaking but generally not the finesse of 2016s. It was a hot summer so alcohol levels can be high and some wines are tannic and lack freshness. But there are some real success stories as we understand better and better with … Continue reading 2018 Bordeaux Predicting the Future
2018. Nature has made it good, perhaps very good. It is still in the barrel, aging, developing, sleeping, growing in density, becoming smoother more refined. Its elements of tannin, fruit, acidity beginning to mesh together in harmony due to the gradual micro-oxygenation that is taking place through the wood's grain. But it is still a … Continue reading 2018 Bordeaux here we come
Good yields of concentrated ripe fruity wine with good structure. Those that did not suffer from too much loss from the Mildew which was prevalent in the wet spring, have nothing to complain about in 2018. Piles of purple crumbly skins are starting to appear outside the 'chai' of the region. There are smiles as … Continue reading 2018 Bordeaux – it’s looking good
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?
Thoreau said "the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it". Well prices for 2017 seem to be about equal to 'good' vintages that have already matured in bottle and are closer to the exciting time when they are 'ready to drink' and you can pull the cork such as 2006 … Continue reading 2017 Recap of value and pricing
"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
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
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