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2014 En Primeur – Chateau Angelus

The vintage The growing season for the 2014 vintage for Chateau Angelus presented some initial challenges early on. The spring and summer were largely complicated  with varying rainy, cool weather. However, the chateau experienced ideal dry and warm weather towards the end of the summer, beginning on 25th August. The estate made the decision to wait to harvest until October, ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Clinet

The vintage Chateau Clinet experienced a long growing season in Pomerol, with over a hundred and twenty days from the beginning of flowering (21st May) until the first day of harvest (23rd Sept). The grapes ripened gradually during the cool spring and summer, with consistent maturation across the estate’s parcels throughout the season. The harvest occurred in the dry, warm ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Cos d’Estournel

The vintage Chateau Cos d’Estournel has managed the varied growing conditions of the 2014 vintage exceptionally, producing wines which Managing Director, Aymeric de Gironde, describes as preserving ‘the full character of the fruit’ and expressing ‘all the complexity of Cos d’Estournel’.The winter of 2014 was one of the mildest in recent history, and this caused an early budburst throughout the ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Beychevelle

The vintage Chateau Beychevelle has declared 2014 ‘a vintage with a strong personality’. The mild winter and cool, rainy spring led to a late ripening of the grapes (though the onset of the ripening was very uniform across the vines). However, after the months of cool, wet weather, a wonderful Indian summer emerged in Bordeaux in September. For Beychevelle, this ... Read More »

Chateau Lascombes

Classified as a Second Growth through the 1855 classification, Chateau Lascombes owns 112 hectares in the Margaux appellation, along with 6 hectares in Haut-Medoc.   According to Michel Rolland, the position of Chateau Lascombes is among the most beautiful and best quality parcels of the appellation. The history Chateau Lascombes was originally a Carthusian monastery, built in the late 17th century ... Read More »

The Classifications of Bordeaux

In total, there are a hundred and seventy-seven estates in Bordeaux designated as Grand Cru, derived from the three different classifications in the region. Unlike the Grand Cru classification system in Burgundy and Champagne, where certain vineyard sites are classified, the wineries in Bordeaux were specifically ranked based on the quality of the wines. The 1855 Classification The 1855 classification ... Read More »

L’Aventure winery: The French Touch in California

Oenology graduate Stephan Asseo began his winemaking career in the 1980s in Burgundy and among the many celebrated Bordeaux family vineyards. It was here he build his name, thanks to the wines from Chateau Robin and Chateau Fleur Cardinale. After working for 17 years in Bordeaux, he decided to turn to new horizons and escape the strict rules and regulations ... Read More »