The Unlevel Playing Field that is St Emilion today

 A few personal thoughts from a independant bystander on the recent re-classification. For me this photo of hands in soil sums up what wine is; the passing of a inate knowledge built up over time of a family from one generation to another.  The knowledge of a particular soil and how nature interacts in a particular vineyard … Continue reading The Unlevel Playing Field that is St Emilion today

Restaurant in the heart of the vines; Château Candale, St Emilion

The beautiful mini château of Candale situated in the rolling hills of St Laurent des Combes opened a restaurant in the midst of its vineyards this summer. At last an opportunity to enjoy lunch (and dinner) amongst the vines in St Emilion. Daily menus are around 16€ and well prepared and presented by chef Cyrille. The wines … Continue reading Restaurant in the heart of the vines; Château Candale, St Emilion

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