France

Focus on Chablis | Chardonnay from Burgundy’s Golden Gate

Browse the white section of the wine list at almost any good seafood-specialised restaurant in town and you’re likely to find a selection of Chablis. The dry, lean and classic flinty-mineral style of these single-varietal Chardonnay wines make them the ideal pairing with oysters, shellfish and almost any fish dish. But what do we really know about this region, tucked ... Read More »

Lancelot Pienne | Single-Estate Cuvees of Great Finesse

A mention of the word “Champagne” often conjures up the image of the grand Champagne Houses of Reims, stone palaces looming behind wrought iron gates, hundreds of hectares planted with vines that produce millions of bottles of lavishly labelled bubbly. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that, as Champagne, by definition, is a product of prestige. But for connoisseurs seeking something smaller, ... Read More »

Chateau La Conseillante | A Unique Expression of Pomerol

Chateau La Conseillante is widely regarded as one of the most emblematic properties of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, located just east of Saint-Emilion in the Pomerol appellation. This stunning property has survived throughout the centuries and become a true legend among the wines of Pomerol. Let’s take a closer look at this historical chateau, where ultimate refinement means great winemaking finesse. A Rich Family Heritage  ... Read More »

Old Vintage Sauternes | How to Choose the Right Bottle

The holidays are upon us, and the shopping lists have been drafted up and checked twice. In a previous article we suggested wines to pair with classic Christmas hors d’oeuvres and dishes. But what to serve with all those indulgent holiday desserts? For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend a nice Sauternes from Bordeaux, best served chilled with blue cheese or ... Read More »

The Old Vintage Red Wines of Burgundy

In our last article about old vintage red wines, we discussed some of the key factors in ageing wines, opening and serving them. We spoke about why exactly some wines are better for cellaring, while others are meant to be consumed young. We also highlighted some of the best vintages in the Bordeaux region, including 1949, 1982 and the most recent ... Read More »

Billecart-Salmon | A Family, A House, A Signature Style

 A boutique Champagne House, whose effervescent cuvee is favoured among sommeliers and wine critics around the world, Billecart-Salmon is truly a brand to know and know about. Tucked off the streets of Mareuil-sur-Ay, away from the grandeur of Champagne’s other luxurious Houses, Billecart-Salmon is defined by its signature style, which consistently favours finesse and delicacy over boldness and power. The ... Read More »

Gerhard Richter Designs the New Label for the Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015

Since 1945, a great artist has been chosen each year to illustrate the label of the new vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The legendary chateau thus offers through its bottles not only one of the most prized wines of Bordeaux, but also a collection that, from year to year, brings together the most famous names in contemporary art. A Legacy of Art in ... Read More »

Three Suggested Pairings with the Masterpieces of Ruinart

We met up with Caroline Fiot, Oenologist of the prestigious Ruinart Champagne House, who shared with us four wonderful food pairings with the most famous cuvees of the domain. Take a look at these creative ideas for your holiday party! A Unique Style Aside from being the oldest of Champagne Houses, dedicated exclusively to the production of Champagne since 1729, Ruinart is ... Read More »

Xavier Vignon | Mastering the Art of the Blend in the Rhone

When Xavier Vignon first moved to the Southern Rhone Valley in the mid-1990’s, he fell head over heels in love with the region. A stunning diversity of varietals, terroirs and wines that changed from vintage to vintage, the place had everything to capture the attention of this traveling wine maker and convince him to stay for good. Since then, Vignon has earned ... Read More »

220 Years of Maison Louis Latour

Maison Louis Latour is one of those great names in the world of wine, which will always remain synonymous with excellence in Burgundy. This prestigious estate, managed by 11 generations of Latour men, has seen 220 years of wine-making history, marked by a series of tactful expansions, a delicate balance between tradition and modernity, and the creation of a remarkable ... Read More »