Visiting the wine region of Bordeaux? St Emilion is a must

St Emilion is my very favorite place to visit. It is the only one of Bordeaux's wine regions to have a worthy heart and is well worth dedicating a day to visit its wine region. Its not just its wonderful cloisters, its cobbled streets that wind and turn revealing beautiful old buildings, its old falling … Continue reading Visiting the wine region of Bordeaux? St Emilion is a must

What Shape is yours? – Wine Vats the new dilemma in Bordeaux

In the past the main question was what should a wine vat be made of; wood, cement or stainless steel? And what is the optimal size? Today the wine vat subject has got more complicated, what shape should it take is the key question today? And it is causing lots of Grand Cru Classé headaches … Continue reading What Shape is yours? – Wine Vats the new dilemma in Bordeaux

Thoughts before Red Bordeaux Harvest 2012 gets under way

The potential looks good. The sunny autumn has helped to ripen the grapes. A hot August followed a cool July but there was need for a sunshine boost. The lack of water helped the 'stress hydrique' to ocurr early on and cause the vines to aliment the grapes instead of the leaves giving concentration. The … Continue reading Thoughts before Red Bordeaux Harvest 2012 gets under way

2007 Chateau d’Yquem; rich and exotic and made by a woman winemaker

Welcomed by Sandrine Garbay, the woman cellar master at First Growth Superieur Sauternes for the past 10 years. Tasted the 2007 en primeur (started selling en primeur with the arrival of Pierre Lurton also in charge at top growth St Emilion property Cheval Blanc). The most amazing thing about Yquem is the severe selection that … Continue reading 2007 Chateau d’Yquem; rich and exotic and made by a woman winemaker