Category Archives: Grapes

Bordeaux’s Area 51: Parcelle 52

Bordeaux has its very own experimental testing ground but unlike Area 51 in the USA, Bodeaux’s Parcelle 52 doesn’t attract any conspiracy theories about aliens or little green men. Parcelle 52 is an acre of land that has been planted … Continue reading

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Discovering Comte de Ferrand, Blanc de Blancs, French Sparkling Wine

Comte de Ferrand Blanc de Blancs French sparkling wine is a great find for us at Bordeaux Undiscovered. It’s made by the Société des Vins Mousseux which is part of one of the great negotiant houses of Bordeaux Grands Vins … Continue reading

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The Oldest Grapevines in the World and the New Discovery of Verjus

A few years ago I wrote about, amongst other things, the oldest grape vine in the world and it still draws some argument. Officially (according to Guinness World Records) the oldest red grape vine in the world is in Slovenia … Continue reading

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The Future Bordeaux – No More Merlot?

The weather is a hot topic at the moment in scientific circles as well as amongst us ordinary folk. The big question seems to be whether climate change, and in particular global warming, is making our weather worse – or … Continue reading

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Old Style Claret Returns to Bordeaux

Have you ever wanted to drink an Old Style Claret?  A Claret that harks back to the Victorian era of Gentlemen’s Clubs, cigars and fine wine?  If you travel back in time to 1855, when the chateaux were being ranked … Continue reading

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild’s Vineyard in China Grows the Marselan Grape

I was interested to see that Chateau Lafite Rothschild’s vineyard in China is growing 2 grape varieties not grown in Bordeaux: Syrah (Shiraz) and Marselan. Marselan is a relatively new grape variety and was first bred in 1961 near the … Continue reading

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International Cabernet Days and Two ‘New’ Varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon: White and Bronze!

Over the past couple of years the phenomenon of International Grape Days seems to have gathered momentum. So far I have spotted ones for Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot, Albarino, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Tempranillo and Cabernet. These are usually organised by … Continue reading

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Bénicarlo and Bordeaux – Going Forward to the Past

A while ago I wrote about how Bordeaux used to improve its blends in the past. Of course it is not permitted to add wines from another region let alone country to Bordeaux today under the AOC rules but it … Continue reading

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French Vineyard in Saint Mont Classified as Historic Monument

Last year Sue wrote about the wines of Saint Mont in the Gers, South West France and its collection of ancient vines. Decanter has just reported that these vines have recently been classified a Monument Historique, the first time a … Continue reading

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Sauvignon Gris – A New Star For Bordeaux Chateaux?

Whilst at the 2011 En Primeur tastings this year I noticed that more white Bordeaux wines seemed to be blended with Sauvignon Gris than before. On checking this out I read that according to figures obtained by the Interprofessional Council … Continue reading

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