Category Archives: Bordeaux – The Appellations

Bordeaux’s Added Benefits – What’s in Your Wine? 2013, A Vintage With A Difference

Disaster strikes hard when a winemaker, or even an entire wine making region, suffers the impact of severe weather during the growing season. Unlike many other wine regions across the world Bordeaux has the advantage in that its wines are … Continue reading

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Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – Chateau Gazin, Pomerol

Hop across from the AOC of historic Saint Emilion and you will find yourself in neighbouring Pomerol, the home of Merlot in Bordeaux. Here, on the gently rolling plateau, some of the world’s most famous wines are created. However there … Continue reading

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A Little Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – La Dominique, Saint Emilion

Every year certain chateaux are allotted the task of holding the En Primeur tastings for their specific AOC by the UGCB (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux). It’s considered an honour to be chosen as a host and it’s also … Continue reading

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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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Saint Emilion versus Saint Emilion – United We Stand, Divided We Fall

For all its iconic history Saint Emilion is probably one of the most modern and dynamic appellations in Bordeaux. Unlike the rest of Bordeaux it reclassifies its chateaux every 10 years, it saw the Garagiste movement take off and it … Continue reading

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100% Bordeaux and The Unclassifiable – Part One

Most Bordeaux chateaux use a blend of grape varieties to make their wines and its fairly unusual to find a wine made from a single grape variety. The permitted red grape varieties allowed in a Bordeaux blend are commonly Cabernet … Continue reading

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The Spicy Side of Bordeaux

The Côtes de Bourg has a new image starting this April and a brand new slogan: Côtes de Bourg, The Spicy Side of Bordeaux. The new look is part of their digital strategy and has been designed by the agency … Continue reading

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Good Value, High Quality Bordeaux White Wine: Chateau Le Rondailh

Bordeaux produces some iconic white wines which are just as enticing as their reds. I often find at wine tasting events that people who have not discovered Bordeaux Whites before are surprised and impressed by their quality, depth and structure. … Continue reading

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Left and Right Bank Bordeaux Wines Join Hands

A new association representing the Left Bank wines of Bordeaux has been created this month: Le Cercle Rive Gauche des Grand Vins. This is to be the sister organisation to Le Cercle Rive Droite which promotes the Right Bank wines … Continue reading

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Saint Emilion Classification 1955 – 2012, Nearly 60 Years of Change – Table of Results

I thought it would be ueful to chart the changes through the Saint Emilion Classification from its very beginning in 1955 right up to date in 2012. There have been 6 Classifications: 1955, 1969, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2012. It’s … Continue reading

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