Chateau Olivier: A Rich History of Fine Wine

With 60 hectares nestled in a rich forest in Pessac-Leognan, Chateau Olivier has a rich history that dates to the middle ages, many historians believe as far back as the 11th Century. Once the preferred hunting retreat of Edward of Woodstock of the House of Plantagenet, also known as the Black Prince, this estate is now a protected historic monument and ... Read More »

Chateau Montrose: long life in Saint Estephe

2009 and 2010 Chateau Montrose, rated 100/100  “Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied, rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. …This blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is indeed a special wine…” The Chateau Montrose ... Read More »

Troplong Mondot: A Saint-Emilion Gem

Chateau Troplong Mondot

A prime plot perched 106 meters above Saint-Emilion Chateau Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, is one of the true gems of the region, particularly of the greater Right Bank. Easily recognizable for its elegant building, overlooking the village of Saint-Emilion, the Chateau is strategically located on the prime plot on the “Mondot” hill.  On this plot at the top ... Read More »

Robert Parker finally releases his Bordeaux 2013 scores

After a long wait, Robert Parker published his tasting notes for the Bordeaux 2013 en-primeurs in early September. As this vintage was particularly difficult (especially for the red wines), taking his time to publish these famous points may seem more reasonable. As for white wines 2013 White and sweet wines are – thanks to the weather that was more favourable ... Read More »

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

The history of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, situated in the appellation St. Julien, dates back to the 18th century.  Founded in 1720 by the Bergeron family, the estate quickly gained a prominent reputation under their guidance. However, the estate was sold to the Ducru family in 1795. Bertrand Ducru hired a Parisian architect to renovate the estate and invested a lot of ... Read More »

The 2014 Vintage: Plenty of Promise

The Vintage 2014 is in its most exciting stage – we took a closer look After a capricious 2013 in France, wine enthusiasts around the world have high hopes for a great 2014 vintage.  Walking through the vineyards, there are plentiful examples of light, airy clusters in good health, that hint at a promise of lovely maturity; a beautiful perspective ... Read More »

James Suckling Blesses Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon

New ratings for Château La Fleur Peyrabon Last November, celebrated American critic James Suckling attended a blind tasting of Crus Bourgeois in Hong Kong. It was a unique opportunity for him to tke a new look at the 2009 and 2010 Cru Bourgeois vintages. The Crus Bourgeois The history of the Medoc Crus Bourgeois may date to the Middle Ages, ... Read More »

The Classification System of Champagne

Four spectacular landscapes The vineyards of Champagne are divided into four regions with specific characteristics. These divisions, made ​​according to the different geological features, allow producers to highlight the diversity of the Champagne region. The Côte des Blancs:  A privileged area celebrated for the “blanc de blancs”, this region lies about fifteen miles south of Epernay. Here, the Chardonnay is ... Read More »

Champagne, the queen of sparkling wines

The history of the Champagne vineyards dates to Roman times. They were later in the care of Caltholic bishops – including the eminent Archbishop of Reims – who developed methods of cultivation and winemaking techniques that are still used today. In the Middle Ages, sparkling wines are already known, but their creation was by accident. Indeed, it was the result ... Read More »

Côte de Nuits – land of the Grands Crus

The history of the Côte de Nuits is closely intertwined with the history of Burgundy. The region was first developed by Cistercian monks. Very active in the local viticulture scene at the time, the monks owned the famous Clos de Vougeot. Later, the production area witnessed an increase in notoriety thanks to Napoleon. Apparently, the emperor would only drink Chambertin. ... Read More »

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