Wine from Bordeaux, France

Chateau-Figeac Vertical & Lunch

“This 2013 is delightful!” a fellow journalist said, trying the new vintage after a vertical of Chateau-Figeac and Petite-Figeac  starting from the 2003 vintage (with three vintages of Petite-Figeac, including… More »

Ban du Millesime de la Commanderie Du Bontemps April 2, 2014

It was so much fun to see my friend Aline Baly of Chateau Coutet all decked out in a yellow robe for the Ban du Millesime de Commanderie Du Bontemps… More »

En Primeur: Checking in With Smith Haut Lafitte

It was great to see SHL Technical director Fabien Teitgen, and owners Florence and Daniel Cathiard at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte last Wednesday at the Chateau for the tasting of… More »

Professor Dubourdieu & Olivier Bernard Discuss the 2013 Vintage

On April 1st, 2013 Professor Denis Dubourdieu from the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of Bordeaux University (Oenological Research Unit) gave a presentation to journalists who have gathered to… More »

En Primeur: Experiencing Chateau Fourcas Hosten

“Welcome!” is the greeting from the charming Mommeja brothers, Renaud and Laurent, as they welcome me into their incredibly restored chateau that dates from the 18th century, and is designed… More »

Tasting the 2013 Vintage at Cheval Blanc

  The tasting at Cheval Blanc on April 1st was extremely well-attended, drawing journalists from all over the world as well as key figures in Bordeaux such as Kees Van… More »

En Primeur Welcoming dinner at Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion

Fabulous evening at Chateau Pavie on March 31, 2014, as journalists from all over the world gathered to embark on a week of tasting the 2013 vintage. After a gorgeous… More »

Bordeaux En Primeur 2013: Experiencing Chateau LaFaurie-Peyraguey

“Welcome!” says amiable, dark-haired Eric Larramona, appearing beside the magical gate of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey. M. Larramona oversees the vineyards at this magical first growth Sauternes estate with its varietal of… More »

Bordeaux 2013: Tasting Listrac, Moulis, Medoc, and Margaux

So here I am on April 3, 2014 at Chateau Labegorce tasting the 2013 vintage of wines from Listrac, Moulis. Medoc, and Margaux. The good news is this: the majority… More »

En Primeur 2014: Visiting Chateau Carbonnieux

  On Tuesday night I spent a pleasant evening with Madame Perrin and her daughter Christine at Chateau Carbonnieux, a large castle-like wine estate that dates back to the 13th… More »

Visiting Haut Bailly: Expression of Terroir

  The buzzword today in all the wine publications is “terroir” … yet does terroir really matter? After a week spent at the Bordeaux National School for agriculture engineering (Bordeaux… More »

Interview with Veronique Sanders of Chateau Haut-Bailly

In a challenging vintage, chateaux with the most resources and the willingness to deploy them are able to make quality wine. That point was brought home to me in the… More »

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