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Bordeaux is Back

As the Future’s Week approaches here is some of the background of the recent campaigns to help understand where we are today regarding buying futures 2016. There is no doubt that the vintage is a very good if not great one, but the climate has changed and consumers are preferring to buy ready to drink … Continue reading

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

Visiting Barolo – a day with my Sister

Leaving the kids tucked up in our little house in the woods (lacasapiccola.com) near to Mombaruzzo famous for its sweet amaretti biscuits, we headed (a little late) towards the famous village of Barolo famous for its intriguing red wine (27 Oct 2016). 45 minutes south west towards Alba famous itself for its white truffles and … Continue reading

Visiting Bordeaux’s Vineyards? Where to start…

  Fancy visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux? Here are a few tips of where best to go and what not to miss out on from Nicolle Croft, food and wine guide for over 25 years in Bordeaux. Slow to start there is a wealth of wine experiences to join in now on offer in and … Continue reading

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

Keeping it in the Family in St Emilion

Originally posted on SIP Wine Blog – Bordeaux:
e 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…

Haut Medoc: look-alike Margaux, St Julien at a fraction of the price

  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

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

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

Wines delivered direct to your door from the SIP (Small Independent Producer)

If you know where to look, Bordeaux is the home to many great value wines, despite being better known for some of the most expensive in the world. Some of these properties lie just on the ‘wrong side of the boundary’. With 25 years in the Bordeaux region I have come across such treasures. Hence the SIP … Continue reading