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

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

2007 Bordeaux En Primeur: Vintage Update

Best red wines for me of the 2007 Vintage were Cabernet Sauvignon based wines in the Medoc. The sunny Autumn ripened the late maturing Cabernet Sauvignon well providing wines with smooth tannins and blackcurrant flavours. The wines were fresh with high levels of acidity and had fresh fruit flavours - light to medium bodied wines … Continue reading 2007 Bordeaux En Primeur: Vintage Update

Ch La Mission Haut Brion and Chateau Haut-Brion and their Second Wines

Joined Estate Manager of Haut Brion, Jean-Philippe Delmas, at Chateau Haut-Brion Started with a barrel tasting of the 2007 vintage. Haut-Brion is one of the very few properties to have already blended their wines and so what we tasted from the barrel was the very young but finished wine of 2007. It was incredibly together and … Continue reading Ch La Mission Haut Brion and Chateau Haut-Brion and their Second Wines

Comparing 2001 Chateau Lagrange with its Second wine – Fief de la Grange

2001 Fief de la Grange, St Julien Attractive garnet colour with complex fairly complex aromas of at first cherry stones, kirsch and coffee. After agitation one does notice a touch of vegetal but otherwise the nose is an enticing combination of liquorice and sweet black cherry. Sweet roundness on the palate of ripe but fresh black fruit. This gives … Continue reading Comparing 2001 Chateau Lagrange with its Second wine – Fief de la Grange