Trend of Bordeaux Châteaux moving into foreign hands continues

The sale of St Emilion premier grand cru classé Bellefont Belcier has been completed to a Chinese industrialist with his fortune made in iron. Prices per hectare are said to be between 1 and 1.5 million euro (13 out of 20 hectares in production). Bordeaux is used to foreign ownership with Japanese, Belgian, Americans and English … Continue reading Trend of Bordeaux Châteaux moving into foreign hands continues

The Wine Writer is a dying breed says wine writer Andrew Jefford

I would go further and say that the wine expert is also on his or her way out. The internet has made wine transparent, debunking the myths that surrounded it (perpetuated by the experts perhaps). What is important with something as subjective as wine is what the individual likes. There is no universal taste. The power of … Continue reading The Wine Writer is a dying breed says wine writer Andrew Jefford

Michel Rolland on the 2012 Vintage in Bordeaux

From wine-searcher.com How is the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux? Climatic conditions always have a primordial effect on grapes and on a vintage, but what we can do now is utterly different from 15 years ago. In great vintages such as 2009 and 2010, we have to tame nature; in difficult ones we must cajole it. … Continue reading Michel Rolland on the 2012 Vintage in Bordeaux

Court of Human Rights gives rightful heir of St Emilion chateau damages of 2.7 million euro

In a story that resembles a Thomas Hardy epic (or a Marcel Pagnol tear-jerker), the EU court of human rights ordered for the illegitimate son, Christian Pascaud, of St Emilion château (Château Badette) to be awarded damages of 2.7 million euro after a court battle lasting eight years. According to winesearcher, the property was sold this … Continue reading Court of Human Rights gives rightful heir of St Emilion chateau damages of 2.7 million euro