Category Archives: Bordeaux Rosés and Clairets

The Dutch Connection – How The Dutch Changed The Face of Bordeaux and Its Wine

The Dutch were a major influence in the production of Bordeaux wines back in the 17th and 18th centuries and their legacy still lives on. They helped to establish vineyards, chateaux, negotiants (wine merchants) and trade. More importantly they are … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Rosé Makes Waves in Recent Tasting

The Drinks Business has reported that a blind tasting of Rosé wines in London this month confirmed the superiority of Provence, but also highlighted the quality of Bordeaux Rosé. The tasting was organised by Richard Bampfield MW and covered 20 … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Clairet: A Rosé By Another Name . . .

I had a brief but interesting chat with the wine producer Regis Chaigne the other day about Clairet and he asked me how I introduced this super wine to newcomers. Therein lies a problem. Clairet is not well known in … Continue reading

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Christmas With Chateau Ballan Larquette – Special Offer

We promised that we woud be significantly reducing some of your favourite wines as a special thank you for all your support this year and we have slashed our popular selection of wines from Chateau Ballan Larquette to £7.64 a … Continue reading

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Rosé – Sweet or Dry – Keeps Increasing in Popularity

Fiona Beckett writing for the Guardian has pointed out that rosé seems to be getting sweeter in style these days: “I don’t know about you, but it has struck me for some time that rosé is getting sweeter. In fact, … Continue reading

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The Lighter Wines of Bordeaux: Ballan Larquette Rosé and White Wine

Vignobles Chaigne et Fils produce superb award winning aromatic whites, rosés, clairets and generous, medium bodied reds from their 86 acre vineyards that cover Cantois and St Lauent du Bois. Their estate is formed from 3 small Châteaux: Château Ballan … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Rosé

The Bordeaux Rosé AOC covers the whole Gironde production area and these charming wines are made with the same red grapes that are used to make the red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. The … Continue reading

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Do You Chill Your Clairet or Rosė Wines?

We had a little experiment at home the other night as a debate had arisen amongst the family as to whether Bordeaux Clairets and Rosės tasted better at room temperature or chilled. Of course this is up to each individual … Continue reading

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Discovering Chateau Ballan Larquette

Chateau Ballan Larquette is the new label for our most popular Clairet: Domaine de Ricaud Bordeaux Clairet. The award winning estates (Domaine de Ricaud, Chateaux Ballan Larquette and Peynaud) are owned by the Chaigne family who have been wine makers … Continue reading

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Bordeaux from Valencia

A couple of years ago I wrote about the influence Bordeaux had on the Spanish wine industry which dates back as far as 1852 and helped give birth to the “modern” style of red Rioja. What I did not realise … Continue reading

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