Chateau Malartic-Lagravière celebrates hosting La Fête de la Fleur 2017

Behind the scenes at the  Fête de la Fleur Gala Dinner     Excitement is building around preparations for the Fête de la Fleur, to be held as Vinexpo’s closing event at Château Malartic-Lagravière on 21 June. To  welcome  the  1,500  select  guests  invited by the Commanderie du Bontemps, the Bonnie family – owners  of  Château Malartic-Lagravière – is planning a truly ... Read More »

Primeurs | 2016: Chateau Montrose 2016: Innovation in the Medoc

Chateau Montrose 2016

Chateau Montrose is a Classified Second Growth in the Saint-Estephe appellation. It is known for having owners that were unafraid to push limits and do things differently. This still holds true today with the Bouygues brothers as owners.  Ground-breaking in the Medoc Chateau Montrose’s history begins in the early 19th century. Chateau de Calon’s owner, Etienne Theodore Dumoulin, fell in love with ... Read More »

Grand Crus Weekend 2017

UBCG info

On May 20th and May 21st the Union of Grand Crus Bordeaux (UGCB) will be hosting their annual Amateur Weekend. For the fifth consecutive year, Millesima is a partner dedicated to opening the world of fine wines to amateurs and consumers. This is the event’s 12th year! Tastings will occur on Saturday May 20th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at ... Read More »

Champagne Grand Siècle: Handcrafted art of highest standards

Many of us appreciate the non-vintage Brut Champagne whose promise is to represent the style of the house every year. On occasion, we are able to taste vintage Champagne (perhaps less frequently, for budget reasons). These vintage sparkling wines show great character, though of course not in the sense of uniform style! The “Grand Siècle” from Laurent-Perrier is one of ... 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 »

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 »