Is Haut-Bailly a magical name which stimulates the imagination merely by evoking it? Nothing could be more certain if you consider the inherent quality of its gravel ridges and shelly sand of fossilised stone which comprise the unique soil of the 30 hectare, single tract property located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of Bordeaux. Haut-Bailly embodies sensuality, elegance and restrained power. Its reds undeniably rival the Premier ... Read More »
We’ve all been in the situation before. A dusty, ancient bottle of Bordeaux is brought out by ...
Since 1945, a great artist has been chosen each year to illustrate the label of the new vintage of C...
We met up with Caroline Fiot, Oenologist of the prestigious Ruinart Champagne House, who shared with...
When Xavier Vignon first moved to the Southern Rhone Valley in the mid-1990’s, he fell head ov...
PESSAC-LEOGNAN Located at the doorstop of Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan is protected from cutting winds by a forest and possesses a soil comprised of gravel with pebbles carried by the Garonne two millennia ago. The terroir of Pessac-Léognan gives its wines a robust and complex personality. The dominant grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, elected for its powerful structure and firm tannins, and ... Read More »
While Hermitage has historically been a wine blended from different vineyards and plots scattered throughout the appellation (Ermitage), Michel Chapoutier took the initiative to try a Burgundian approach by making wine from individual small parcel, which he calls “selections parcellaires“. Although plural in their expressions, these single parcel wines like La Maison dont le Pavillon (Hermitage red), Chante-Alouette (Hermitage white), ... Read More »
“The fruit is to wine as disco is to music” In sum, it’s important but not dominant, explains Michel Chapoutier. In an interview given to Wine Spectator from the November 2012 issue, the “King of Hermitage” gives a complete testimony– defending his values, evoking his history and proving to be a true disciple of “terroir.” THE FAMILY HISTORY The vineyards ... Read More »
Although we can all rest assured that the world will not end on Friday–as predicted by the Mayans and other doomsdayers—we here at the Millésima office in Bordeaux began to discuss – if the world were ending tomorrow, what wine would you drink tonight? With a heated debate in the office and opinions flying we thought we’d take a look ... Read More »
It was during the Grand Tasting event in Bordeaux, organized by Terre de Vins magazine on 15 and 16 December, that the news broke. Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of Chateau Yquem of which luxury group LVMH is the principal shareholder, announced that due to “insufficient excellence,” there would be no 2012 vintage. Yquem is the only Premier Cru Sauternes that ... Read More »
With the newly released 2010 vintage, American Jeff Koons is the latest to join the ranks of the exclusive group of artists whose work has graced the first wine of the iconic Pauillac First Growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. Koons’ work features an ancient Pompeian odalisque fresco with a silver line drawing of a boat and sun superimposed—juxtaposing the classical with the ... Read More »