2011 Bordeaux Primeur my thoughts so far classic smooth wines…and Left Bank notes

For The 2011 vintage sorted the men from the boys. There are some lovely wines made at the top of the ranking but also by many petit châteaux. The key was to be reactive during the harvest and sort the grapes well. For those who were able to pick when ripe (despite the risk of … Continue reading 2011 Bordeaux Primeur my thoughts so far classic smooth wines…and Left Bank notes

First Taste of St Emilion 2011: Bordeaux Primeurs

For sure 2011 is not another 2009 and 2010 but there are some nice wines for those that waited to pick and sorted well. I think the Merlots are particularly successful. It was a difficult year when producers had to react on the ground. The Spring was very hot which got things off early which … Continue reading First Taste of St Emilion 2011: Bordeaux Primeurs

First Taste of 2011 in Paris with wines from oenologists Duclos, Pauquet and Toutoundji

Café Salle Pleyel, 16 March 2012 Here are some of my favorites from the 30 or so producers supported by these oenologists attending this press tasting; Château Béard La Chapelle, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010; This predominantly Merlot wine is voluptuous and rich with its intense blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, ripe yet keeping the fruit's … Continue reading First Taste of 2011 in Paris with wines from oenologists Duclos, Pauquet and Toutoundji

Resumé of Primeur Week 2010 (1st week April 2011, Bordeaux)

My most complete tasting ever of the Primeurs and loved it. It is a great year full of rich fruit and smooth tannins - ripe grapes but with the freshness that is the signature of fine Bordeaux. Here are my favorites; PESSAC LEOGNAN (at Ch Malartic Lagraviere) Bouscaut Blanc:   ST EMILION (at Ch Couspaude) … Continue reading Resumé of Primeur Week 2010 (1st week April 2011, Bordeaux)

Tuscany Food & Wine Tasting at the Ateliers on the Quais in Bordeaux

Tuscan Food & Wine Tasting Wednesday 11th May Atelier de Dégustation, 22 Quai de Chartrons, Bordeaux (Cité Mondiale) Presented by Viviana Vechionne (www.maisondelatoscane.com) Wine 1 (white); IGT Malvasia di Toscana 2009 with « une cuillère gourmande with fennel and orange with breadsticks (rosemary, oregano, nuts) Pale golden colour, thick in the glass. At first a minerality … Continue reading Tuscany Food & Wine Tasting at the Ateliers on the Quais in Bordeaux

Second Wines from Top Bordeaux Chateaux: verdict

I meet every month or two with a group of women who work in and around the Bordeaux Wine Trade (yes they do exist in this male dominated domain)  for a convivial wine tasting. Round at someone's house, a few bites to eat and a tasting that runs along the lines of; each person brings … Continue reading Second Wines from Top Bordeaux Chateaux: verdict

Fresh Fruit and Elegance…and it is Spanish?

We had just finished our sixth glass of a dark spicy, cherry sweet wine at our Winetasting club (all women working in the wine trade living in Bordeaux - Irish, English, French, Dutch representatives). The theme was 'Grenache/Syrah' and we were pretty much 'shirazed' out. Each of us girls brings a bottle and serves it blind to our … Continue reading Fresh Fruit and Elegance…and it is Spanish?

2005 Bordeaux – Union de Grand Cru Tasting

The third edition 'Le Weekend des Grands Amateurs' Bordeaux on 17th May What a wonderful relaxed tasting which just goes to show how open Bordeaux is becoming. The members  of the Union des Grands Crus are used to this though showing their wines, chatting about the vintages and the breakdown of grape varieties in that … Continue reading 2005 Bordeaux – Union de Grand Cru Tasting

Global Warming is helping Champagne – Louis Roederer

Cellar master Jean-Baptiste B Lecaillon of Champagne Louis Roederer presented the a range of Champagnes from this Grande Marque Champagne House. He talked to us of the effect of the warming up of the climate and the positive effect it has had so far on the cold, northerly Champagne climate. CHAMPAGNE - a few interesting facts There are only … Continue reading Global Warming is helping Champagne – Louis Roederer