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 Barolo – a day with my Sister
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 Visiting Bordeaux’s Vineyards? Where to start…
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
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 prestigious limestone plateau and its south-western slope. Not a drop of synthetic chemicals has ever been sprayed in its history. Botanists and Naturalists from around the world come to study the rare plants and wildlife that have been able to survive in this forgotten corner of St Emilion – a valley that literally ‘the ravages of time’ has left behind.
Today one of Bordeaux’s most famous villages is being overtaken by famous luxury brands such as Chanel (Château Canon), Louis Vuiton (Château Cheval Blanc) and Dassault (Château Dassault) the aeroplane manufacturers. Land on the prestigious…
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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
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 Delivery Direct from the Vineyards of Bordeaux
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 Keeping it in the Family in St Emilion
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 Wines delivered direct to your door from the SIP (Small Independent Producer)
Franck Moureau represents the ninth generation of the same family to make wine at Château Béard La Chapelle, St Emilion Grand Cru located in a little valley just outside of the famous village of St Emilion. He is a perfect example of a SIP, a Small, Independent Producer (www.wineguidebordeaux.com/SIP-wine-club). A great location but as the … Continue reading A Secret St Emilion Grand Cru: A perfect SIP!
* Bordeaux is the home of some of the world's most expensive wines. There are only 200 of these classified wines in Bordeaux out of 8000. They are in high demand and their prices have gone up 5 times in 5 years. We seem to have lost sense of reality. If you know where to … Continue reading Finding Bordeaux wines that don’t break the bank – my top choices