Larcis Ducasse, St Emilion’s Bijou gets ready

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

2016 Bordeaux getting nearer

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

2012 Bordeaux: classic Merlot wines made by the perceptive winemaker

Elegant classic Bordeaux wines with velvety purity were made this year by those winemakers with sensitive insight. The top wines were Merlot dominated (as this variety was able to ripen before the rains) with the top appellations being St Emilion, Pomerol, Pessac-Léognan (red and whites) and some of Margaux. Those in touch with their vines, with nature, who got out of … Continue reading 2012 Bordeaux: classic Merlot wines made by the perceptive winemaker

New St Emilion Classification 2012 focus changed from terroir to price

The focus of the classification has changed. In the past it was one of the only Bordeaux classifications to be based on terroir, now it is based on price (like everything else) ...... Summarised aptly by Stephane Derenoncourt; "Saint-Émilion était la seule appellation où les crus étaient classés en fonction des terroirs, maintenant on a … Continue reading New St Emilion Classification 2012 focus changed from terroir to price