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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 »

Futures 2015: Appellation Barsac

Barsac is located within the larger Sauternes region. Like its neighbor, Barsac makes delicious sweet dessert wines. The wines from this 460-hectare AOC are made from sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle, and grown on clay limestone soils with pockets of gravel and sand. The low-lying lands are perfect for the development of Noble Rot, or Botrytis Cinerea. When this fungus ... Read More »

Château Pontet-Canet – Futures 2015

Château Pontet-Canet Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 5ème cru classé en 1855 Le potentiel de ce domaine, voisin de Mouton-Rothschild, est devenu évident lorsque le père d’Alfred Tesseron, père de l’actuel propriétaire, décida d’entreprendre de nombreux travaux d’amélioration de la propriété. Les sols graveleux de Pontet-Canet sont typiques de l’appellation Pauillac, tout comme les vins du domaine qui arborent une incroyable profondeur ... Read More »

Futures 2015: Appellation Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux used to be known as Cotes de Castillon and was renamed in 2009. The appellation produces only red wines. Merlot is the principal grape, though some cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon are also blended. The AOC spreads over nearly 3,000 hectares, with a mix of sand, gravel, limestone, and alluvial soils. The resulting wines are elegant ... Read More »

Château Rieussec – Futures 2015

Château Rieussec Appellation: Sauternes Classification: 1er cru classé en 1855 Before the French Revolution, the property belonged to Carmelite monks. Following the Revolution, it changed hands many times until it was purchased by Domaines Barons de Rothschild in 1984. This instituted a series of improvements, including new cellars and rigorous sorting to ensure quality. 90% sémillon, 7% sauvignon blanc and ... Read More »