Author Archives: Millesima

Château Calon Ségur – Futures 2015

  Château Calon Ségur Appellation: Saint-Estèphe Classification: 3ème cru classé en 1855 Calon Ségur’s iconic label, with its name in red prominently encircled by a heart, is a tribute to Nicolas-Alexandre, Marquis de Ségur, known as “The Prince of the Vines.” He famously stated “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon.” The wine, ... Read More »

Bordeaux Wine Festival 2016

For the 10th consecutive year, the city of wine celebrates “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” (“Bordeaux Wine Festival”). This event is the largest “festival” of wine in Bordeaux and France. “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” will take place on the banks of the Garonne. On this occasion, you can discover 80 appellations of Aquitaine in a festive atmosphere, from Thursday, June 23rd ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Bordeaux Supérieur

AOC Bordeaux Supérior reaches across all Bordelais vineyards, the same area as the general appellation of Bordeaux. However, wines must meet more stringent requirements order to receive the designation. For example, the vines used in the production must be older than the vines used for Bordeaux AOC. The diversity of soil types reflects the large size of the region of ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Graves

The Graves appellation is found on the Left Bank of the Garonne. It is the most southern of the Bordeaux wine regions. Its 3,000 hectares are a blend of many different types of soil, including gravel, sand, clay and silt. Indeed, the appellation takes its name from its soil, as the word “Graves” is French for gravel. The red wines ... Read More »

The Weekend of the Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, Millesima is partnering with the Union des Grands Crus for their annual “Weekend des Grands Crus,” which this year will take place the weekend of June 4th and 5th. This year the day dedicated to tastings will occur on Saturday June 4th, from 10am to 7pm in Bordeaux, at Hanger 14 on the Quai des ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Fronsac

Located between the Dordogne and Isle rivers just outside the city of Libourne, this appellation only produces red wines. The main varietal is merlot, though it is blended with small amounts of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. The wines of Fronsac are full-bodied, opulent and powerful, with firm tannins. Red fruits and spice dominate the nose. These are wines with ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Listrac

Spread over 600 hectares, Listrac is the smallest AOC in the Médoc. Its soils are a blend of clay and gravel. Cabernet sauvignon offers structure and power, with merlot providing its fruit-driven aromas. A smaller, though still important, percentage of petit verdot and cabernet franc are also grown. Listrac benefits from several years of ageing, as they are powerful and ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Moulis

The Moulis appellation is found in the center of the Médoc. It is spread over nearly 610 hectares, yet is only eight kilometres wide. Its vines are sensitive to temperature variations, since it does not benefit from the moderating influence of the Garonne. As with its other Médocain neighbors, the main grapes planted in Moulis are cabernet sauvignon and merlot. ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Lalande-de-Pomerol

Lalande-de-Pomerol is separated from its neighbor Pomerol by a small branch of the Barbanne River. Merlot dominates production, though cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec are also cultivated in its 1,200 hectares. Gravel and sandy soils make up the terroir. Wines from Lalande-de-Pomerol are powerful and expressive, often with unexpectedly strong tannins. 2015 in Lalande-de-Pomerol Spotlight on the 2015 vintage: 2015 ... Read More »

Saumur and Saumur Champigny – Loire’s Finest

A Complicated Evolution The first written mention of vineyards in Saumur dates back to the year 515. They evolved under the strong influence of the monasteries. In addition, geographical proximity to the Loire River has encouraged the export of these wines. In this period, it used to be one of the most prosperous trading centres along the river. Saumur benefited ... Read More »