Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

Harvest time at Yquem. 2013 promises to be a good year not like 2012 which they classified 100%. Grape bunches are coming in botrytised rather than just Berry by Berry. Sweet wine harvest started 26 September and will normally continue for some weeks normally round en October (depending on the weather). The grapes are picked … Continue reading Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

Thoughts of Bordeaux 2012 Merlot St Emilion now its in the vat

Amazing flourescent colour of the wine this year and the wonderful aromas of raspberry. More like a sweet factory than a winery! Alcohol levels around 13.5°C, acidity levels correct, seemingly good colour so far. The key is not to extract the unripe elements from the skins and pips. The success of 2012 comes down to the winemaker's decision of … Continue reading Thoughts of Bordeaux 2012 Merlot St Emilion now its in the vat

Napa Women Winemakers exchange with Bordeaux

Last week Bordeaux played host to a group of fifteen women winemakers and vineyard owners from the Napa Valley including Heidi Barrett the winemaker for the cult wine Screaming Eagle. It was infact the return trip of a group of 'women in wine'from Bordeaux who visited the most coveted new world vineyard in January of … Continue reading Napa Women Winemakers exchange with Bordeaux

Chateau d’Yquem – not just a dessert wine

Lunch in the Chateau d'Yquem, 15th January, 2009 hosted by Sandrine Garbay, Winemaker and Cellar Master at Chateau d'Yquem, Superior Premier Cru Classe to celebrate the exchange of women winemakers between the Napa Valley and Bordeaux (11th to 15th January 2009) Aperitif: Y 2005 Chateau d'Yquem 2004 to accompany Roast Lobster with blood orange emulsion … Continue reading Chateau d’Yquem – not just a dessert wine