With our new cellars, for the first time, we are pick each plot at the perfect date. Each parcel now has its dedicated tank, so the decision of harvesting each parcel of La Conseillante depends only of its own level of ripeness!
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What I will remember most from this year is the brutal discrepancy between the wet spring and summer drought. One had to be in the vineyard constantly, make smart choices on a plot by plot and even bunch by bunch at times. But that’s what our job is all about, isn’t it?
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The UGC returns to North America January 2013 to show the sublime 2010 Bordeaux vintage. Events are scheduled in San Francisco Los Angeles New York Chicago Washington DC Montreal and Toronto.
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The 2012 Bordeaux vintage for us, in Pessac Leognan was dry until the end of March. Next it was very humid until the end of July. This was followed by a hot and sunny August with 2 or 3 days of rain.
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The 2010 Bordeaux wine harvest will be in full bloom next week. Harvester’s will be picking merlot and a few producers might begin working on young vine cabernet sauvignonas well. However, there is more to story. In case you forgot, Bordeaux wine produces white wines too. Chateau Haut-Brion produces one of the world’s outstanding white wines. [...]
We’ve all tried a myriad of interesting food and wine pairings over the years. Some have worked better than others and I must admit, a few have not turned out to be very good. Generally speaking, red wine often pairs best with beef. Yet, looking over this picture of Lady Ga Ga in her all [...]
Chateau Branaire Ducru St. Julien owner Patrick Maroteaux explained what makes 2009 special: “It was the unique weather conditions. Most of the time, you need to pick earlier than you might like to avoid the rainy season. But in 2009, the Indian summer continued through October, allowing our team to pick when they wanted. This additional [...]
Tuesday, September 14, Valandraud, the St. Emilion winery owned by Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud started harvesting grapes for Blanc de Valandraud early in the morning under clear sunny conditions. The fruit for Blanc de Valandraud comes from Saint Etienne de Lisse. In most years, the wine is a blend of 50% sauvignon blanc [...]
Clerc Milon previously shared both harvest teams and technical teams with Mouton. Not anymore. Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy heads up his own team, allowing him to focus on the nuances and details needed to produce a strong effort that starts in the vineyards. Danjoy explained, “Starting with 2009, Clerc Milon picks block by block, not the [...]
Famous for being famous applies to wine as well as to people. Some wines are expensive simply because they cost a lot of money. Other wines sell for a lot of money because they are worth it. The truth that few people will admit to is, most expensive wines are over priced for their quality [...]
Cheval Blanc started picking merlot September 15. For 2009, they harvested over a longer period of time than usual, seeking to achieve the best possible levels of ripeness in the seeds, skins, tannins, and stems. In some ways 2009 reminds the chateau of 2005. To them, 2009 is a better vintage because the tannins are more elegant, [...]
Chateau Margaux began harvesting the fruit for their white Bordeaux wine this morning. As a matter of comparison, while 2007 is considered an average, early drinking vintage for red Bordeaux wine, it was a perfect year for dry white Bordeaux wine as well as the sweet Bordeaux wine from Sauternes, In 2007, Chateau Margaux [...]
Angelus owner Hubert de Bouard, in his pursuit to obtain the finest possible wine, for Angelus as well as for Bellevue added a line of 60 people to manually destem berry by berry. It was amazing watching two rows of destemmers, each 30 deep, working on the fruit, one berry at a time. Hubert [...]
The 2010 Bordeaux harvest is about to start. Some white wine grapes in the Graves, Pessac Leognan appellation are already being picked. At this stage of the game, it’s still too early to call the game. But the comment most growers are making is, (especially in Pomerol), they need some rain at this point. Monday September [...]