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

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

2007 Bordeaux: Star Winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt’s Group ‘La Grappe’

During the en primeur week (1st March to 3rd April) of winetastings when the world's wine press and trade comes to Bordeaux to taste the newly released vintage (2007), the new star on the block Stephane Derenoncourt presented all of the domaines for which he is wine consultant - 60 different properties under the name of  'La Grappe' … Continue reading 2007 Bordeaux: Star Winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt’s Group ‘La Grappe’