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

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

The New Cru Bourgeois “The Renaissance or Demise of Medoc’s historical classification”

First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine Everyone has heard of the 1855 Grand Cru classification of the Médoc, many recognize Médoc’s other classification, the Cru Bourgeois but it was only recently that it was officially recognized. We follow the fall and rise of the Cru Bourgeois classification and hear from the new … Continue reading The New Cru Bourgeois “The Renaissance or Demise of Medoc’s historical classification”