Author Archives: Millesima

Futures 2015: Appellation Canon-Fronsac

The appellation of Canon-Fronsac is located on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Merlot is the predominant grape grown here, though some cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon are blended in. The soil is a rich blend of limestone and fossilized seas creatures. Canon-Fronsac only produces red wines. They display a balance of delicate aromas of red fruits and spice when young, underlined by ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan is a sub-AOC of the Graves region. It includes all of the chateaux in the Grand Cru Classé de Graves classification, including Chateau Haut-Brion. Haut-Brion was the only estate outside of the Médoc to be classified as a Premier Grand Cru in the 1855 classification. 1,300 hectares are devoted to red wines, and 265 hectares to white wine production. ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

Puisseguin-Saint- Émilion is a satellite of its famous neighbor Saint-Émilion on the River Bank of Bordeaux. Merlot rules here, though it can be blended with cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. The 760 hectares of the appellation are comprised of clay and limestone with stone subsoil, making parts of the land extremely difficult to work. Its wines are full-bodied, rich ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion

The appellation of Saint-Georges-Saint- Émilion is separated by the Barbanne River from Saint-Émilion, its more well-known neighbor. As with all Right Bank appellations, merlot is the main grape. Cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon are also blended. Its 200 hectares have clay-limestone soils. Only red wines are produced. They offer an appealing tannic structure and full-bodied richness. Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion wines benefit from ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Saint-Émilion

The only appellation that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the emblematic Saint-Émilion appellation includes both the AOC Saint-Émilion and the AOC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. More than half of the vines grown are merlot, with a small percent of cabernet franc and an even smaller percent of cabernet sauvignon. The soils are comprised of clay and silt, studded in ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Haut-Médoc

The Haut-Médoc appellation is found south of the Médoc. Spread over 4800 hectares on clay-limestone soils, the Haut-Medoc includes the communes of Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint-Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe. Cabernet sauvignon is dominant, though there is also some cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. The wines of the Haut-Médoc are powerful and deeply tannic. They benefit from several years of ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Sauternes

The appellation of Sauternes and its famous golden-hued wine are celebrated throughout the world. Sauternes has an extraordinary terroir of clay, gravel and limestone. Its wines are a blend of sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle grapes. To be classified as Sauternes, grapes must be affected by Botrytis Cinera – otherwise known as Noble Rot. Botrytis thrives in the appellation’s natural ... Read More »

Bordeaux En Primeur: The Millésima Guarantee

One of the Largest Players in the Place de Bordeaux Millésima is a fine wine and en primeur sales specialist – one of the largest and most established buyers of Bordeaux en primeur for nearly 30 years. Founded in 1983 with a catalogue of 100 of Bordeaux’s greatest wines, Millésima has grown into Europe’s leading fine wine merchant with locations ... Read More »

Vintage 2015 in Bordeaux

2015 Bordeaux En Primeur

Delivers On Its Early Promise The wines of 2015 have been hotly anticipated since before the grapes were even harvested. Early weather reports were encouraging, and all reports indicate the year has delivered on its initial promise. The stars aligned to provide conditions observers compare to the legendary 2005 vintage – with 2015 already delivering nine perfect 100-point scores from American ... Read More »

Bordeaux En Primeur: Why Vintage Matters

Bordeaux’s Variable Weather Bordeaux is blessed with a mild climate that avoids extreme temperatures. Moderated by its location next to the Atlantic ocean, its vineyards benefit from warm summers and plentiful sun. In fact, the city of Bordeaux has more total sunshine hours than Biarritz. Winters are cool, rather than cold, and vine-destroying frost is relatively rare. Bordeaux receives more rain ... Read More »