St Emilion is a magical place with its myriad of little cobbled streets that lead past its many historical monuments. Les Cordeliers is not as well-known as St Emilion's famous monolithic church (hewn out of the creamy limestone by Benedictine monks over 300 years from 9th to 12th century) - but its been a favorite … Continue reading Picnic Lunch in the heart of St Emilion – and a glass of bubbly!
Come to Bordeaux in-between Christmas and new year in 2019 and enjoy a series of food and wine tasting sessions and cooking classes with your own chef! Here is some text from my book about the region's specialities to whet your appetite"Bordeaux Sip by Sip - getting to the heart of Bordeaux." Bordeaux’s Food Specialities … Continue reading Celebrate Christmas in Bordeaux with food and wine matching and cooking classes
This text comes from my book which is about to be published 'Bordeaux Sip by Sip - getting to the heart of Bordeaux Wine'. The label is almost all wine enthusiasts have to go on. They look for any clue that might lead them to a good wine, something that they have heard of, or … Continue reading How to find Good Value in Bordeaux
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?
For me archetypal St Emilion is a fresh fruity wine with good structure but not too full on. Rounded but at the same time not over the top. Elegant. Knows who it is. Fresh, pure. We have seen in the past a more full-blown style take the centre stage in St Emilion. I suppose we … Continue reading St Emilion Refound – refined pure style
"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
With the boom in wine tourism in Bordeaux, a number of famous working wine châteaux have opened their rooms to guests. Here is your chance to experience the French Art of Living, the life of a châtelaine; luxurious but authentic a real taste of the Bourgeois Bordeaux life. LEFT BANK Haut Médoc: Château du … Continue reading Experience the ‘French Art of Living’ in a real Wine Châteaux in Bordeaux
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 …
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
At last we had some rain in Bordeaux. 20mm fell on evening 13th September in a grand storm where 20mm of water fell onto parched vines. It rattled windows and tripped electricity but fortunately no hail fell as predicted. A huge sigh of relief for wine makers here and a deep sleep followed. It just … Continue reading 2016 Bordeaux getting nearer