Author Archives: Millesima

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne 2007 : The intersection of Purity, Subtlety, and Elegance

Initially covering just 100 hectares, the Louis Roederer Champagne House is now spread over 240 hectares, on the best Grand Cru and Premier Cru plots of the Montaigne de Reims, the Cotes de Blancs, and the Vallée de la Marne in Champagne. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the estate, and ever since it has been independently run by his descendants. ... Read More »

Veuve Clicquot: When Tradition and Innovation Combine

The latest innovation from the House of Veuve Clicquot, their new Rich Champagne is an audacious and newcomer to the champagne. Veuve Clicquot is already well-known in the wine world for its innovative spirit, reflected in their creative packaging, updated annually. This new creation goes deeper than just packaging, however: they have truly created a new category of Champagne. Clicquot ... Read More »

Top 100 Wines of 2014 by James Suckling

Bordeaux Wines Feature in James Suckling’s 2014 Top 100 Last week, renowned wine critic James Suckling released his list for the Top 100 Wines for 2014. Of the thousands of wines evaluated, two Bordeaux wines were included in the top ten of this prestigious ranking: Chateau Guiraud 2011 (99 pts) placed fourth and Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011 (99 pts) ... Read More »

Antinori: Quintessential Italian Wines

Antinori

The Antinori family For over six centuries, the Antinori family have been wine producers.  The history extends back to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Guild of Florence winemakers. For twenty-six generations, the family has maintained a great respect for tradition, while continuing to innovate. Today the estate is managed by Marquis Piero Antinori and his ... Read More »

Chateau Olivier: A Rich History of Fine Wine

With 60 hectares nestled in a rich forest in Pessac-Leognan, Chateau Olivier has a rich history that dates to the middle ages, many historians believe as far back as the 11th Century. Once the preferred hunting retreat of Edward of Woodstock of the House of Plantagenet, also known as the Black Prince, this estate is now a protected historic monument and ... Read More »

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

The history of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, situated in the appellation St. Julien, dates back to the 18th century.  Founded in 1720 by the Bergeron family, the estate quickly gained a prominent reputation under their guidance. However, the estate was sold to the Ducru family in 1795. Bertrand Ducru hired a Parisian architect to renovate the estate and invested a lot of ... Read More »

The Classification System of Champagne

Four spectacular landscapes The vineyards of Champagne are divided into four regions with specific characteristics. These divisions, made ​​according to the different geological features, allow producers to highlight the diversity of the Champagne region. The Côte des Blancs:  A privileged area celebrated for the “blanc de blancs”, this region lies about fifteen miles south of Epernay. Here, the Chardonnay is ... Read More »

Champagne, the queen of sparkling wines

The history of the Champagne vineyards dates to Roman times. They were later in the care of Caltholic bishops – including the eminent Archbishop of Reims – who developed methods of cultivation and winemaking techniques that are still used today. In the Middle Ages, sparkling wines are already known, but their creation was by accident. Indeed, it was the result ... Read More »

Provence

26 centuries old, this vineyard region is considered the first in France. 2600 years ago, the Phoenicians were the first to bring vines into the country. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not until the early Middle Ages that they were cultivated again by the monastic orders. This activity was then passed on to noble families and ... Read More »

Côte de Nuits – land of the Grands Crus

The history of the Côte de Nuits is closely intertwined with the history of Burgundy. The region was first developed by Cistercian monks. Very active in the local viticulture scene at the time, the monks owned the famous Clos de Vougeot. Later, the production area witnessed an increase in notoriety thanks to Napoleon. Apparently, the emperor would only drink Chambertin. ... Read More »