I recently read a couple of articles about the much publicized World s most expensive wines list published by the website Wine Searcher, and was surprised to notice that one essential issue had been overlooked...supply and demand.
Quality apart, it is hardly surprising that the best #Burgundian wines figure at the top of the price list - with Cuvée #Richebourg Grand Cru Henri Jayer ............more--->
If there is a sector of activity that can really benefit from globalization and internet marketing, it is the wine business, according to Riccardo Ricci Curbastro and Bernard Farges. The former is president of EFOW (European Federation of Origin Wines) and Bernard Fargues (ex-president of CNAOC - the National Confederation of Producers of Origin-Controlled Wines & Eau-de-Vie) who has recently become director of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Inter-professional Marketing Board). However, both agree that this requires \\\"a minimum set of regulations\\\"......
While the storm over the list of \\\"\\\".vin\\\" and \\\".wine\\\" \\\" suffixes still rages, both institutions (EFOW and CNAOC) have jointly appealed to ICANN, the international institution in charge of implementing legislation of Web domain name extensions, asking for a further postponement before allowing candidates to use these suffixes and that the attribution of these much fought over extensions should be suspended while the opposing parties seek a solution.
Unique new style of accommodation in the heart of the vineyard.....
SIAL WINE WORLD 2013 – Cheers to Success.................................................http://www.sialwineworld.com/...............................
SIAL WINE WORLD 2013 has recently closed its doors to a successful edition co-hosted by SIAL CHINA 2013. The show was held from May 7th to 9th 2013 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, attracted 320 exhibitors welcomed 9,735 visitors from the wine trade only, covering 12,000 sqm of exhibiting area. The show featured events staring a top notch selection of certified wine masters and wine experts from all around the wine world.
The strict door policy at SIAL WINE WORLD granted access to wine trade visitors only and allowed exhibitors and visitors to discuss many successful deals with wineries from France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Hungary, Greece, a total of 7 international pavilions.
This professional ambiance gave the opportunity to participants of SIAL WINE WOLRD 2013 to taste the best of what the current wine world has to offer, under one roof.
Highlights of SIAL WINE WORLD 2013 events
Wine Innovation Forum – Main Event of SIAL WINE WORLD
Under the patronage of OIV-International Organization of Vine and Wine, the 5th edition of the Wine Innovation Forum, an educational space dedicated to wine culture (wine region and grapes varieties) has been a huge success. It also offers a professional platform showcasing innovative win products and exchange of expertise from expert leaders of the wine world.
More than 18 conferences and tastings have gathered an audience of 5,000 visitors. Star-studded with special guest: Ms. Jeannie Cho Lee MW, the Wine Innovation Forum brought new perspectives to Chinese wine audience on their understanding of Chinese wine business and wine business in general!
Best Buy China Competition – Professional wine competition in China
For its 14th edition, in partnership with WINE100 - one of the most professional and authoritative wine rating agencies in China, SIAL WINE WORLD brought a effective platform to showcase exhibitors’ star products.
A world class panel of 9 judges was gathered for this very exciting event. Among them, Annette Scarfe MW and Tim Wildman MW traveled from overseas to join this unique elite panel, and performed a blind tasting of totally 287 wines submitted by the exhibitors and local wine distributors. This event helps to identify the products available from SIAL WINE WORLD exhibitors who offer the best value for money wine from different categories (from 4 to 20 Euros Ex cellar)!
8 prizes have been awarded to 8 different categories, and 1 Best Wine of All, as Jury prize awarded to The Beauty Shiraz 2010 from Hentley Farm, Barossa Australia.
China National Best Sommelier Competition by SOPEXA
A unique showcase this year with our partner SOPEXA, the 4th edition of the China National Best Sommelier Competition finals hosted on the SIAL Wine World show for the first time, on May 7th. This competition brought awareness and prestige to professional sommeliers in China and also provided a benchmark for the local industry. 6 pre-selected candidates from Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai gathered together to compete for the Best Sommelier of the year. The winner of the 2013 edition is Mr Xu ZHANG (Corporate Trainer at Total Wine, US wine retail chain).
Master Classes-Dedicated tasting room
Dedicated tasting rooms to showcase exhibitors wines in a personalized ambiance, 6 fabulous sessions were organized this year, focusing on French varietal wines and German wines!
SIAL VIP Gala Dinner
Hosted on 8th May at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, combining fantastic wines, gourmet food and Turkish dancing entertainment, 400 VIP exhibitors and buyers celebrated the great success of SIAL CHINA & SIAL WINE WORLD 2013!
Research shows the more successful you are, the more you enjoy sophisticated wines. While SIAL WINE WORLD advocates everyone to drink responsibly, we could witness a great satisfaction from both exhibitors and visitors, which certainly contributed to the success of the 2013 edition. Join us in 2014 and cheers to SIAL WINE WORLD’s success!
The growth continues
SIAL WINE WORLD 2014, May 13-15
Shanghai New International Expo Center Hall E7
Breathe sigh of relief as European plantation rights are maintained......
#Brussels has voted to maintain vineyard #plantation rights regulations after three years of lobbying by European AOC producers, who feared a \\\"free-for-all\\\" situation if traditional plantations rights were abolished. The #EU has finally decided to limit future vine planting to +1% per year from 2016 until 2030.
By Maxine Colas
INTERNATIONAL WINE TOURISM :
SHARING experiences and comparing notes at the Great Wine Capitals conference at Vinexpo
Wine tourism is becoming seriously big business. In 2010 it generated global revenues of $17 billion. Indeed some Canadian wineries are currently selling up to 90% of their production to visitors on the property.
The conference held yesterday at the Vinexpo conference centre, organised by Catherine Leparmentier, the energetic general secretary of Great Wine Capitals, provided a constructive study of motivations, objectives and economic fallout of wine tourism across the globe. International experts and tourism professionals from Chianti (Italy) and Mendoza (Argentina) compared notes : \\\'old world\\\' and \\\'new world\\\' tourist practices were analysed, as were the major factors which motivate tourists to visit wine estates.
Tasting of course is the core attraction, but also buying wine on the property and learning about the region. Qualified personnel and efficient signposting and infrastructure are a must for estates wishing to increase the number of visitors. Sufficient quality accommodation for all budgets and annexe leisure activities, as well as providing a wide range of gastronomic venues are also essential.
In this developing field with enormous economic potential, we still have a lot to learn, but these exchanges between great wine capitals are not only enriching but highly informative - after all, wine is for sharing n\\\'est-ce-pas?
by Maxine Colas
One Chateau One Artist
Dominique Etna Corbal exhibits at Larrivet Haut-Brion...
from 27th May - 30th Aug 2013
PAVING THE WAY IN STYLE :Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé unveils the first stone of the city\\\'s future Wine Civilizations Centre.
It was a good day for wine tourism yesterday, in the world\\\'s wine capital. In the middle of Vinexpo, Bordeaux\\\'s international wine trade fair, a large crowd gathered on the construction site of Bordeaux\\\'s future \\\"Cité des Civilisations du Vin\\\" to celebrate the unveiling of its first foundation stone, topped by a Champagne coloured fibre glass model of the building, whose construction will start in September this year. ..............
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On the Wine Road from Bordeaux through Graves to Sauternes...............................by Maxine Colas
Bordeaux Celebrates its River in 2013
10 days of festivities non-stop!
From May 24 To June 2 ,2013......
A wine competition organized during the Vinexpo exhibition and under the patronage of the OIV !
SIAL CHINA - Starts on May 7th
May 7th -9th 2013, SIAL CHINA is poised to serve the international food & beverage industry one more time! The show has rapidly grown into 7 halls taking over 85,000sqm. With more than 2,200 exhibitors from 90 countries, they are prepared to greet over 46,000 professional visitors from 100 countries.
SIAL CHINA 2013 has sold out. While it confirms the strong domestic supports from Shandong, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Ningbo, Wulumuqi, Changchun and others, international pavilions have a steady growth. Among over 47 national pavilions, Vietnam, Indonesia, Switzerland, Belgium, Lithuania, Quebec, Eastern Poland and HK SAR make their debut in SIAL CHINA this year. At the same time USA, France, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa and over 10 other national pavilions will all be increasing their presence. Besides that, Turkey will attend as the Guest Country of Honor with 34 companies occupying 1000sqm.
And visitors get your free badge right here:
SIAL WINE WORLD
May 7-9, 2013
Shanghai New International Expo Center.....................
Dany Rolland was born in 1948 in Saint-Astier. After graduating from High School in Périgueux, she studied medecine before enrolling in the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology (where she studied from 1968 until 1970). There, she met Michel Rolland. They were married the year she graduated from the Institute – in 1970. The couple went into partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Chevrier, who ran an oenology laboratory, which the Rollands took over completely in 1976. Their two daughters, Stéphanie and Marie, currently work with their parents.
The success of their internationally recognised family business no longer needs to be proven. Today, the laboratory has a staff of 6 and 400 wine estates send in their samples for analysis and consult these specialists for advice on wine-making. The company, called Rolland Conseils et Prestations, and run by Dany Rolland, also consults abroad. Dany Rolland is also manages the ROLLAND family wine estates (Château Le Bon Pasteur, Château Bertineau St-Vincent and Château Rolland-Mallet) together with the properties which she and her husband Michel have acquired (Château Fontenil and Château La Grande Clotte, which are tenant farmed). Dany also participates in the couple’s various joint-ventures in estates in South Africa, Argentina and Spain. Finally, she is a shareholder in the Rolland Collection Limited company, which markets the wines produced by all the Rolland wineries.
Le château Fontenil
Château Fontenil, purchased in 1986, is where Dany Rolland has made her home and her secret garden. The estate’s hectares are located around the village of Saillans. It’s name, Fontenil, comes from one of the vineyard plots.
Renovation work on the technical buildings was completed in 1999. The vat room and cellars were equiped with state-of-the-art technology and materials : small stainless-steel and oak vats, a double selecting table, and a stock of oak barrels 60% of which are renewed every year. The same high standards are applied to the vineyard itself : traditional farming methods, yield control and manual plot by plot harvest in small plastic boxes. The vines face due south, benefitting from maximum exposure to the sun and a view over the L’Isle river and the town of Libourne.
Dany Rolland’s greatest challenge lies in the production of the estate’s wines, and the reserve wine « Le Défi de Fontenil ». Her aim is to prove that these « terroirs » (soils and micro-climate) of the Fronsac appellation, which are often compared to the Burgundian « climats », deserve the reputation for excellence they enjoyed in the 17th century, when they surpassed all the other wines in the Libourne region.
The Futures tastings represent an important date in the wine calendar. Here are our Futures dates for this Spring 2013 :
- Rolland Collection & François Lurton Tasting : from Sunday 7th to Friday 12th April 2013, from 10 am to 6 pm, at Château Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol.
- « Les Clés de Châteaux » Tasting (Rolland Team) : wines monitored by Michel & Dany Rolland and their team : from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th April, from 10 am to 6 pm, at Château BEAUSEJOUR-BECOT in Saint-Emilion........
Dany Rolland – Château Fontenil – Fronsac
Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – English Version by Maxine Colas.............
Bordeaux Wine Guide
The coming edition of SIAL WINE WORLD features Master of Wine Ms Jeannie Cho Lee as the keynote speaker for Wine Innovation Forum. And WINE100 is in official cooperation for SIAL-Best Buy China Competition. SIAL WINE WORLD will open from May 7th – 9th 2013 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Including the 2 highlights, SIAL WINE WORLD is bringing 4 professional events, 450 exhibitors, over 12,000 visitors and occupying 12,000 square meters exhibition area.
2 highlighted events:
Best Buy China Competition – in Partnership with WINE100
Best Buy China Competition is a professional platform for wine and spirits exhibitors to showcase their star products. Through fair competition and critics, the winners will get the Most Valuable for Money Wine Awards.
SIAL WINE WORLD will cooperate with WINE100 for 2013 competition. WINE100 is one of the most professional and authoritative wine rating agencies in China. The competition is honored to invite two world-class referees who are the Master of Wine, and seven nationally renowned referees.
Wine Innovation Forum
Wine Innovation Forum is a classic event of SIAL WINE WORLD. It offers a professional platform for innovative products and exchange of expertise. Star-studded by special guest: Ms Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Innovation Forum will never be the same again.
Master of Wine (MW) is considered the highest wine qualification in the world, a title bestowed by The Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom since 1953. There are only 300 MWs in the world, of which less than 100 are women. Jeannie Cho Lee MW is the first Asian person to obtain this qualification in 2008.
Please visit our official website www.sialwineworld.com
On Friday 25th January, thick morning fog hung over the Garonne River and the sail-like towers of Bordeaux’s new bridge (named after the city’s former Mayor, Chaban Delmas) were almost totally obscured. This did not dampen the spirits of those who had come to discover the construction site of the future centre devoted to wine culture and civilizations,“La Cité des Civilisations du Vin”.
The site is located near Bordeaux’s wet dock, and overlooks the Garonne River. The impressive 10,000m2 building will be a short tram ride from Bordeaux’s city centre, adjacent to the new bridge (which will be inaugurated this March), which will link it to Bordeaux’s right bank. Construction of the foundations is due to start this April. The first stone will be laid during Vinexpo 2013.
The actual ‘site-seeing’ was followed by a slideshow presentation of what will be the world’s most ambitious wine-based centre, which will not just be a showcase for Bordeaux wines, but a celebration of the planet’s wine civilizations. The virtual visit was presented and commented by Philippe Massol, director of the future “CCV”, and Sylvie Cazes, Bordeaux city councilor.
This gargantuan project (costing an estimated 63 million euros) has won the support of local authorities, the European Union and private patrons from the wine business; the latter have mobilized 13 million euros in donations.
Futurist and Theatrical
The Cité’s innovative exterior design, inspired by the circular, liquid movement of wine swirling in a carafe and the meanders of the Garonne River, will be an attraction in itself – and an invitation to what could be described as a cross between a wine museum, cultural centre and a theme park for oenophiles.
Inside, the interactive world of wine will unfurl with all the high tech. and theatrical trimmings you can imagine; individual ipads, SkyDome projections, 3-D scenes where visitors can experience the world wine trade throughout the centuries or join a banquet of illustrious wine lovers, like Thomas Jefferson or Karl Marx, thanks to talking holograms…Also on the menu; tips on tasting or wine and food pairing from the experts, centuries of wine in art, traditional wine festivals and rituals of the world, aroma and flavor workshops in the “5 senses Buffet” and the great saga of Bordeaux projected on wooden wine cases….This will be “a centre for inter-activity and creativity”, says Sylvie Cazes, who is one of the project’s most fervent pioneers. Finally, the visit will finish with a flourish at the top of the panoramic tower, where enthusiasts can enjoy a tasting (included in the entrance fee), while looking out over all the vineyards of the globe, through special paneled windows and ‘binoculars’…
Hubert de Boüard was born in Saint-Emilion in 1956 and has 4 children. He joined the family business at Château Angélus in 1980, after graduating from the faculty of Oenology at Bordeaux University.
In 1985, he took over the management of Château Angélus and bought another property, Château de Francs, with Dominique Hébrard. A few years later, in 1998, he acquired Château La Fleur Saint-Georges in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation, where he produces « La Fleur de Boüard ».
Hubert de Boüard also co-owns an estate in South Africa. In addition, he is a consultant for other wine properties in France, the Lebanon, Spain and Thailand.
He has been Vice President of the Union of Bordeaux Grand Cru estates since 1990 and President of the Regional Committee of the Bordeaux INAO.
Hubert de Boüard is a passionate art and music lover and he especially enjoys sharing the art of entertaining with his friends!
Château Angelus, Premier Grand Cru Class A of Saint-Emilion.
Located in a natural ‘amphitheatre’ – where sounds ring out – Château Angélus got its name from a plot of very old vines from which (according to local legend) one could hear the Angélus bell ring simultaniously from three different churches in the area. Sophie
de Boüard de Laforest came to settle in Saint-Emilion at the end of the 18th century, in 1782. At the beginning of the 20th century, Maurice de Bouard made his home on the estate and set about developing the vineyard at Angélus. His work was continued by his two sons, Jacques and Christian, until 1985.
As soon as he arrived at the château, Hubert de Boüard embarked on an ambitious and innovative programme to produce blue ribbon wines. He was soon joined by Jean-Bernard Grenié. After more than 25 years of constant calling into question, Château Angélus was awarded the title of Premier Grand Cru Classé A in September 2012.
Angélus’s wines are made up of 47% Cabernet Franc (from vines over 30 years’ old) and have a recognisable style of smoothness, elegance, purity and freshness.
The Château itself is currently undergoing extensive renovation work. The façade has been raised, towers and a campanile added. A new reception hall is in the making and the vat room and cellars are being remodelled so that the château can physically reflect the dream image its wine conveys.
A passion for the sea
Hubert de Boüard is also a passionate sailing enthusiast. 2013 has begun with Château Angélus taking part in the round-the-world sail race, the « Vendée Globe », with Jean Le Cam, the famous skipper, known for his love of fine food and wine. This is the third time Jean has entered the competition and, despite having a limitted amount of weight allowed on the boat, he has some fine food on board. He also has 3 bottles of the precious « nectar » to clink glasses with Neptune, God of the sea, when he passes each of the three ‘Caps’ (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn). « I wouldn’t want to offend Neptune, so I brought good wine with me. I don’t take unnecessary risks! » he announced before departing.
Locals in land-based Saint-Emilion are excitedly monitoring his progress in this most daring sea adventure.
– Château Angelus – Premier Grand Cru Class A of Saint-Emilion
Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – by Maxine Colas
by Bordeaux Wine News,......
Unfavorable weather conditions, seriously reduced yields, complicated vinification and insufficient quality for the finest premium wines,...2012 will not go down as a successful year in Sauternes, but rather one best not to spill milk over (like the 1993 and 1977 vintages).
Some of the finest estates (D\\\\\\\'Yquem and Rieussec for example) have decided not to produce and market their premium labels, preferring to concentrate their energies on their second wines. Apart from the top few, the majority of Sauternes estates have maintained production of a \\\\\\\"fair quality\\\\\\\" vintage despite heart-breakingly low yields. In Barsac, where - according to local producers - the soils coped better with the difficult rainy conditions, most of the estates have not de-classed their harvest. Indeed, the flagship property of the appellation, Château Climens, has produced wines with promise, despite the acknowledged difficulty of the vintage.
Photo © Riedel France
Ski run through the vines at Château La Couspaude!!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
Счастливого Рождества и Нового Года!!
Joyeux Noel & Bonne Année!!
The Sauternes and Barsac estates will be opening their doors to lovers of the golden beverage this weekend - on the 10th and 11th November - In total 48 châteaux and two wine syndicates.
November 9, 2012,................................
The Great Wine Capitals announced the 2013 international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ winners at a gala dinner last Thursday, November 8, at the Palazzo Pitti. The event was attended by leading wine and tourism professionals from around the world.
International winners were chosen from among 55 nominees, all locally awarded Best Of winners. The nine participating cities and wine regions of GWC gathered a total of 398 applications.
9 International awards
Art and Culture: France\\\'s Maison des Vins de Cadillac, a leading Bordeaux winery group for its new Vines and Wines Museum, housed in La Closière, an attractive 18th century manor house.
International Wine Tourism \\\'Best Of\\\' Competition celebrates its 10th Awards Ceremony........................
The 10th \\\"Best Of Wine Tourism\\\" awards ceremony will be held on the 11th October, at Château d\\\'Agassac, Ludon-Médoc.
Since its creation ten years ago, this competition has been rewarding wine estates in each of the organization\\\'s 9 member countries for the quality of their reception facilites and innovative range of visits.
To date, 320 properties from all over the \\\'Planet Wine\\\', including 130 in the Bordeaux area, have won prizes in the 6 competitive catagories ............
Architecture & Landscape ......................
Art & Culture..................................
Discovery & Innovation............................
Development of environmentally friendly wine tourism..................................................
Wine tourism services........................................
This year\\\'s 2012 prize-winners from Bordeaux, one of the nine \\\"Best Of\\\" wine capitals, will be announced in the elegant setting of Agassac, one of the flagship properties of the Cru Bourgeois Médoc classification...........................................................
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Hong Kong and Bordeaux celebrate wine...
Each biennial “Bordeaux wine festival” is an occasion to invite a large world city. This year, the Port of the Moon (another name for Bordeaux due to the curve of the Garonne river) invites the Port of Perfumes (literal translation of Hong Kong). Dedicated pavilion and various others highlighted for this Asian Dragon…
As in the previous 7 events, the Wine school workshops follow sessions dedicated to the literary Cellar, concerts ( Lou Reed, Stacey Kent, Diana Reeves and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine) are followed by a sound and light show projected onto the facades of the place de la Bourse (photo opposite: Bordeaux wine festival / Gilles Arroyo), then the pyrotechnic feats of the fireworks..............
Art, gastronomy and music
La Winery: the only site of its kind in the world, designed to welcome wine lovers, be they connoisseurs or beginners, to the world of wine-tasting!
Serving also as a gateway to other cultures - art, gastronomy and music to name but three - La Winery is above all a place where you will discover unusual things and enjoy new experiences:
- Discover your tastes and the wines that suit them in the exclusive Wine Sign ® event,
- Parcourir les meilleurs terroirs viticoles du monde au sein d’une boutique - cave rassemblant 1 001 références de vins français et étrangers rigoureusement choisis,
- Browse around the world\\\'s top winegrowing regions in our shop, which offers a choice of 1,001 carefully-selected French and foreign wines,
- Take part in tasting sessions with the winegrowers,
- Feast on the original food-wine combinations at the restaurant Le WY,
- Admire the works of art dotted around the 26-hectare park,
- Explore the local vineyards to find out everything about viticulture,
- Thrill to the sound of jazz or gospel at a concert,
This evening Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur growers show their wares in Millésima\\\'s mouth-watering warehouse
The walk through the vast cellars of the merchant house Millésima towards the \\\"Primeurs 2011\\\" tasting area occupied by the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOC producers was paved - or rather lined - with gold, in the shape of eye-catching cases of 1996 Mouton Rothschild & Lafite-Rothschild Imperials among many other rare and precious gems.
Undaunted by the towering stacks of priceless wines around them, the friendly Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur growers and their fresh, fruity and fun wines provided a warm welcome to tasters. Many of these châteaux are small, family run properties - some are even historical ancestoral homes, like Château le Grand Verdus in Sadirac, which dates back to the Renaissance period, or the elegant 18th century Château de Parenchère in Ligueux, near Sainte Foy La Grande.
The variety and quality of these wines is impressive - especially when you know that most of them are available at under 10 euros a bottle (retail price in France). It was particularly interesting for me to taste the 2011 red from three neighbouring properties all in my neck of the woods (right bank, beginning of the Entre-Deux-Mers area) and to see how incredibly different they were in style. Le Grand Verdus was very elegant, with its fine fresh tanins and peppery, spicy nose; Château l\\\'Isle Fort very seductive with its smooth ripe plummy fruit and velvety texture and finally Château Landerau\\\'s superbly balanced reserve red with just enough fresh attack, followed by a rich ripe fruity body and refreshing minerality on the finish. Who said anything about \\\"small Bordeaux\\\" - these are great - and easily affordable, so take the plunge and have fun!
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Creation of the \\\"Grape Prize\\\" for the best Bordeaux wines at 5 euros or less
Spotlight on wines at less than 5 euros a bottle produced by young wine growers
Olivier Dauga and Jean-Pierre Xiradakis have chosen to focus their attention on \\\"good quality budget wines\\\"
and have created the first \\\"Prix Raisin\\\" (Grape Prize), which will be awarded each year to the best wines priced at 5 euros or less, produced by young wine growers.
First winner of the « Prix Raisin »,
Fréderic Borderie of Château Les Gravières de La Brandille in St Médard de Guizières (AOC Bordeaux Supérieur),who was chosen for the quality of his 2010 vintage
The prize will be awarded by the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur Syndaicate on the first day of Bordeaux Futures week, the 2nd April, at 7:30 pm in the 200 year-old cellars of the merchant house Millésima.
From Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of nine major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset – they are internationally renowned wine tourism regions.
A romantic Valentine s dinner at the château - in Pessac-Léognan or Saint-Emilon....................
The choice is yours...Châteaux Haut-Bailly and Troplong Mondot are offering romantics the chance to enjoy an intimate \"tête-à-tête\" dinner to celebrate St.Valentines Day on the 14th February. A special Valentine s menu has been concocted by in-house château chefs, Tanguy Laviale and Jérôme Cadillat.
On the respective menus is a mouth-watering selection of dishes... crayfish ravioli, chicken with black truffles, lamb shanks with bolet mushrooms, filet of venison with redcurrent chutney, melt-in-your mouth chocolate gâteau with mandarins, accompanied of course by selected champagnes and wines from both of these grand cru estates.
So gentlemen...what are you waiting for?
For further information and reservations contact :
Ready for WINE-TOURISM 2012 at Château Gruaud Larose................
The Pearls of Medoc: Gruaud Larose 1988, Gruaud Larose 1995, Gruaud Larose 1997 et Sarget de Gruaud
The Belle Époque: Gruaud Larose 1983, Gruaud Larose 1989, Gruaud Larose 1996, Gruaud Larose 2001
The Good Winemaker: Gruaud Larose 1997, Gruaud Larose 2004, Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2005 et Gruaud
Larose 2007 (half-bottles)
The True Medoc-Style: Gruaud Larose 1996, Gruaud Larose 2000, Gruaud Larose 2005, Sarget de Gruaud La
rose 2007 (half-bottles)
Chateau Gruaud-Larose will open its doors to have you participate in the first steps of making wine.
Share the table with our grape-pickers in the purest Medoc style, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
The program of the day starts at 10:30 a.m. with a tasting of our different grape varieties and an extensive
visit of the vineyard and vinification facilities.
You will taste the must and the chateau’s two wines.he morning gently ends with a harvest lunch and
a commented wine tasting: a glass of “Reserve du Caveau”, a glass of Chateau Gruaud-Larose 2004,
and a glass of Sarget de Gruaud-Larose 2002.
An Exceptional Combination
Château Gruaud-Larose and cheese-refiner, Jean d’Alos, invite you on a journey of flavours.
Unique maturer in Bordeaux,Jean d’Alos is a true institution. He pampers his cheeses like jewels in 200 m² cellars from the XV century.
Cheeses are traditionally handmade and delicious before they are selected and matured. All cheese lovers agree with this deserved consecration.
An exceptional combination between two great firms joining together cheeses and wines with distinctive character.
Internet : www.gruaud-larose.com
Oysters and Entre-Deux-Mers Saturday 3rd December 2011 in Andernos-les-Bains............
For the 3rd year running, its time to celebrate at one of the regions most original Winter festivals,
CABANES EN FÊTE ......................and to enjoy the delicious pairing of oysters with the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers!
With tastings, various events and musical entertainment, a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and plenty of aromas and flavours on the menu, this is sure to be a fun festival!............
Beneath a raised marquee, Michelin-star chefs will be performing live over a special \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"cookery piano\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" under the direction of Vincent Poussard (of the Aquitaine Culinary Circle). These culinary maestros will be exchanging recipes on the theme of \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" The Christmas Oyster\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\", after which they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll be giving demonstrations and tastings throughout the evening in the various kiosks..................................
2011 Harvest gets off to an early start ...
...especially in Bordeaux, where picking has begun ten days earlier than usual, for the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Graves AOC estates. In the Médoc, the white varieties are also being harvested, while the famous reds in Margaux, Saint-Julien and Pauillac should begin between the 6th and the 9th September. This Spring, the leaf canopy developed rapidly and the vines were three weeks ahead of schedule. However, from the 14th July until last week, a fair amount of rainfall and cooler temperatures slowed down maturity. Since 1993, this year will be the second earliest harvest on record - after 2003.
In Provence, the harvest start date is not as remarkably early as in Bordeaux, and the AOC Provence vineyards will be picking only four days ahead of schedule.
In the Languedoc-Roussillon, an early start, at the beginning of August this year, is not exceptional for the region.
A promising vintage ?
Overall, this early 2011 vintage has been compared to both 1997 and 2003. \\\"Three early-harvest vintages so close together reflect a global-warming phenomenon.\\\"
In Champagne, producers will be embarking on the earliest harvest in history. Picking will start 22nd and the 25th August, when 100,000 harvesters will make their way through the 33,000-odd hectares of vines which make up the appellation. The quality of the grapes this year is a combination of high levels of acidity and sugar (\\\"which is still rising\\\"). As yet, it is too early to predict whether 2011 will be a vintage year or not.
Investors turn to Art and Great Wines :
The volatile nature of the markets and the serious drop in stocks and shares registered these past few weeks have weakened the attraction of traditional investment options like shares, bonds and pension funds. \\\"So, it\\\'s not surprising that investors are turning to \\\'passion funds\\\', \\\" says Enrique E. Liberman, president of the Art Fund Association, based in New York.
According to Artprice.com, an informative website dedicated to the collectable art market, global income from art auction sales has almost doubled in the last year, to reach 9.36 billion dollars. China represents 33% of the total figure. According to the 2010 Hurun World Wealth Report, there are currently 875,000 millionaires in China: 6.1% more than in 2009....
Specialists in wine investments claim that the Liv-ex will continue to increase by 21% this year.
The most expensive bottle of white wine ever .....has just been sold in London. This 200 year-old Sauternes (Bordeaux) - an 1811 Château d\\\'Yquem in fact - was bought for £75,000 by French collector, Christian Vanneque.
Stephen Williams, CEO of The Antique Wine Company, which is specialized in sales of rare wines, pointed out that the bottle was from a legendary vintage.
French buyer Christian Vanneque is keeping the bottle for the privileged clientele of his new restaurant in Bali. The last record-breaking bottle of wine was a 1947 Cheval Blanc, sold for $304,375 in November 2010.
Why I always come back for more Bordeaux
During her two week trip to Bordeaux for the 2010 futures tastings, Bloomberg chronicler Elin McCoy explained to Bordeaux Wine News why she keeps coming back for more Bordeaux.
Elin McCoy writes primarily for Bloomberg News, where she is the wine and spirits columnist. Bloomberg is a worldwide news service, with more than 150 bureaus around the world, and each month its stories reach about 13 million people. Elin’s columns are regularly picked up by newspapers as well as being read on Bloomberg terminals by about 300,000 investment bankers, hedgefunders, etc. Her stories also appear at Business Week, and sometimes the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, she writes a monthly column in the Bloomberg magazine Markets. .......
Rare bottles of Haut-Brion in celebratory collectors wine desks up for auction and a complete range of good value premium brand Bordeaux wines.Interview with Prince Robert of Luxembourg at Château La Mission Haut-Brion.
De rares bouteilles de Haut-Brion dans les consoles commémoratives destinées aux enchères, et une famille complète de vins de marque de haute qualité à des prix abordables.
By Maxine Colas.