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@BordeauxTourism: - 11/08/2014 at 11:40:17

@BordeauxTourism: #discover 360° virtual visit of #Bordeaux ”


Great Wine Capitals - 11/08/2014 at 11:38:19

@AndreWOSA : Great Wine Capitals AGM underway in Mendoza @GWCGN @promendoza tourism growth 224% over 4 yrs


@VINEXPO: - 11/08/2014 at 11:36:04

Next Stop : #BORDEAUX ! Our next exhibition : 14th to the 18th of june 2015 ..


@OIV_int - 11/08/2014 at 11:34:38

GLOBAL ECONOMIC VITIVINICULTURE DATA 271 mhl of #wine produced in 2014


@ChateaulaTulipe - 11/08/2014 at 11:33:22

@ChateaulaTulipe: Dark red is not a weather warning but a promise! #winemap #wine #wineregions #France #Bordeaux


@ReverseWineSnob - 11/08/2014 at 11:31:13

I do believe it's time to take up biking: #wine #winelover


@winewankers: - 11/08/2014 at 11:29:29

Would love to have this outdoor #wine barrel furniture in our backyard!


@ChateauPalmer: - 11/08/2014 at 11:27:43

#Autumn colours


BordeauxWinesUK - 11/08/2014 at 11:26:00

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Focus on Olivier Bernard - 04/09/2014 at 02:29:29

I was born in Bordeaux 53 years ago. My father’s family is from the northern France, where they produced sugar and liquor from the 17th century onwards. My grandfather, Lucien Bernard, was seriously injured during the first World War and during his convalescence, he discovered Bordeaux. Here he met his future wife and later established his own liquor company............... My mother, Lilliane Cruse, and her family are from the Bordeaux wine world.................. I started out early in the wine business – by opening my first wine cellar (retail wine shop) at the age of 18. I married Anne Laydeker in 1984, and we have had two children. In the previous year, in 1983, my father Jean and his brothers purchased Domaine de Chevalier and offered me the opportunity to manage the estate.............. I carried out my first 5 years running Domaine de Chevalier under the guidance of Claude Ricard, « a wine grower with an encyclopedic knowledge » and former owner of Chevalier. This was a great experience as he was the one who taught me all about wine – and about Domaine de Chevalier in particular – just as my father taught me about the world of business and how to manage a company. This was the beginning of a grand adventure, and a career in which I have been totally invested right from the start. There are many projects which I try to develop simultaneously, within the framework of my various responsibilities, as President of the Union of  Grands Crus of Bordeaux,  Vice Chancellor of the Bordeaux Wine Academy, co-owner of Château Guiraud and CEO of the family group Financière Bernard. Le Domaine de Chevalier
The historic domain of « Chivaley » (« Chevalier » or Knight in Gascon French) dates back to the 15th century, when it was a family home as well as an agricultural estate. I live at the Domaine and am totally involved in everything that goes on there. I have given my life to this estate, and it has repaid me well…However, it is true to say that I don’t benefit from the intimacy of having a private home, separate from my professional life ; this is sometimes difficult for my family and close friends…Although, I am fortunate to be working « en famille », with my wife and my two sons, Adrien (29, based in China) and Hugo (27), who is developing the Clos des Lunes. Over the years, I have been able to install the Domaine’s technical equipment and completely restructure the vineyard. Our objective has always been to obtain the best quality, and the wine market has progressively rewarded us for our efforts. The Domaine’s production methods and its wine are constantly improving from year to year. I know that the best wine I will ever make in my life will always be the one I make tomorrow. Domaine de Chevalier’s vineyard has grown from 18 hectares in 1983 to 45 hectares today. The SCEA (Agricultural company) of Domaine de Chevalier runs and farms 4 vineyards : Domaine de Chevalier but also Domaine de la Solitude in Martillac (farmed as tenants since 1993), Château Lespault-Martillac since 2009 (farmed as tenants) and the Clos des Lunes in Sauternes (established in 2011), where we produce a highly successful dry white wine. Before 2020, SCEA Domaine de Chevalier will reach 200 hectares of vineyard producing high quality wines.   The 2013 Vintage
This was an uneven vintage like 2011 and 2012 – uneven in terms of weather, terroir and choice of harvest dates and uneven in terms of plots within one same property. Given this particular context, of course some made out better than others, thanks to hard work, talent – and luck (which we certainly needed in a year of such unpredictable weather). The vintage was so severely criticised right from the start that, fortunately, tasters have been pleasantly surprised by the wines. The savoir-faire (expertise) among Bordeaux’s Grand Crus has enabled us to produce a decent wine even in challenging years. This year, because of the absence of influential journalists like Robert Parker, there is considerable groundwork ahead for journalists and merchants in terms of selection and advice. These wines will be on the market at good value-for-money prices for amateurs of great Bordeaux. This is a year for consumer prices and not speculative ones. Olivier Bernard – Director of Domaine de Chevalier – President of the Union of Grand Crus of Bordeaux Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – English Version by Maxine Colas


Focus on a player : Franck Dubourdieu - 03/08/2014 at 08:34:02

Franck Dubourdieu is both an agronomist and an oenologist who was born in 1939 in Barsac. He is the father of 2 children. Until 1989, he was a wine merchant at the Hôtel des Vins, a building located on the Rue Abbé de l’Epée in Bordeaux, with 600 square metres of cellars. Aside from the usual trade activities, the business also offered mail order services, tasting classes and wine tours. In 2000, he sold the Hôtel des Vins to the Duclos group, and became a consultant for various merchants. He also pursued his career as a wine writer. From 1991, he published several editions of « Grands Bordeaux de 1945 à nos jours » (Great Bordeaux from 1945 to the present day) and « Bons Bordeaux abordables » (Good Affordable Bordeaux). This latest guide is the fruit of 10 years of tasting around 3,000 non classified châteaux. This continuously updated work will be available online in late 2014, via a new website..........................


Focus on a Player : Yann Schÿler - 02/03/2014 at 02:51:41

Yann Schÿler was born in 1964 and is married with two children. He graduated from the Bordeaux Sup de Co Business School and obtained an MBA in Barcelona. He is fluent in 5 languages....................................<br><br><br><br><br><br>........................ In 1989, at the age of 25, Yann joined the family wine merchant business, Schröder and Schÿler. He became manager of the company 10 years later. Aside from his consular and merchant activities, Yann Schÿler is also a member of the CIVB board, the Bordeaux Wine Academy and the National Committee of the INAO. In addition, he is an administrator for the Union des Maisons de Bordeaux and for Quali Bordeaux.................... Maison Schröder & Schÿler............................ This merchant company was founded in 1739. It has enjoyed more than 275 years of history and 8 generations of family management. The sale of Grand Cru wines represents 50% of the firm’s activities, while the other 50% is made up of exclusive distribution of Châteaux & Marques (brands), including Chartron La Fleur from the regional AOC, the Private Reserve range from the village or communal AOCs, and Altera in IGP. The company sells 4 million bottles a year. 75% of these are sold on the export market, of which 25% are sent to Asia. Danish and Swedish Consulate Armand Schÿler was appointed Consul of Denmark in 1919. The position is handed down from father to son. Yann Schÿler also became Consul of Sweden 5 years ago. Official receptions are held at Château Kirwan in AOC Margaux, which is owned by Schröder & Schÿler.


Bordeaux Echo - 12/26/2013 at 03:19:00

Pasquon is a family company which was established on the 1st September 1958 by Olindo PASQUON. It is a civil engineering firm specialized in reinforced concrete structures and stone masonry, qualified in the restauration of heritage buildings. Our speciality is the construction of vats and reservoirs for wine and water, built on site according to our company’s particular technique, which is certified by Qualibat. This savoir-faire has been at the heart of the company from the start, when Olindo PASQUON figured on the skilled trade register of the Department of Gironde as a « Cement Mason ». Examples of our recent work in terms of cement vats can be seen at : Château Anthonic (Médoc), Château Larrivet Haut Brion and Château de Fieuzal in Pessac Léognan, Château Angelus, Château Larcis Ducasse, Château Pavie Macquin, Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau Lagarrosse, Château Bellevue and Château Franc la Grâce Dieu in St Emilion, … Pasquon Fils is currently being contacted for consultant assignments in the NAPA VALLEY. Our project at Château Petrus In 2012, Pasquon Fils built a new concrete vat room for one of the flagship estates of the Bordeaux vineyard, Château Pétrus. The new vat room is made up of 12 fermenting vats of varying capacities, built in two rows which face eachother. Construction took place inside the new winery, in a space designated by the client and following Pasquon’s specific technique............................


Bordeaux #vinobravo - 12/01/2013 at 11:51:19

#vinobravo @CCVBordeaux :French actor & wine afficiando Pierre Arditi to be ambassador -together with Robert Parker -of the future CCV.


Focus on a player Jean-Michel Laporte - 12/01/2013 at 11:50:14

Château La Conseillante The name La Conseillante first appeared in the mid 18th century. It was then that the estate was bequeathed by an influential figure, who ran the property almost three hundred years ago: Catherine Conseillan. In 1871, the Nicolas family purchased the estate, whose vineyard has remained unchanged in terms of surface area and plot division since then. Currently, the château is owned by the fifth generation of the Nicolas family, who assure continuity and the attachment of a family to great wine. Bertrand Nicolas and Jean-Valmy Nicolas are joint managers of La Conseillante. Jean-Michel Laporte is its director. The emblem of the Nicolas heirs « L.N » is featured on the château’s bevelled label with its silver border. The violet coloured capsule is a reminder of the cru’s characteristic aroma. These details, chosen by the Nicolas brothers as early as 1871, are still elegant and modern in the 21st century........


Bordeaux wines : Focus on a player - 11/11/2013 at 12:01:26

Dominique Hébrard was born in 1959. He is married, with four children. He spent a year working at the Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley, USA after graduating. He was formerly co-owner of Château Cheval-Blanc and member of the board of directors before being obliged to sell the estate in 1999 because of inheritance issues. Apart from his occupation as an international wine consultant (especially in South Africa) and CEO of his merchant company, Maison Hébrard, Dominique Hébrard enjoys the challenge of developing estates with great potential : In 1983, at the age of 24, he founded Maison Hébrard. Two years later, he and Hubert de Bouard purchased Château de Francs. In 1997, he established “Massaya Winery” in the Lebanon, together with Daniel Brunier and two other Lebanese business partners, Ramzi and Sami Ghosn. In 2000 he bought Château Trianon and became co-owner of Château Bellefond Belcier in 2003....


#Bordeaux 2013 pre-#harvest report - 09/30/2013 at 12:05:36

As the 2013 harvest gets underway in Bordeaux, Liv-ex has opened up the blog to Bordeaux grower, winemaker and writer Gavin Quinney. In this special report he gives an insider's view on the weather and growing conditions for the 2013 vintage - and what that could mean for the wine.


Focus on player - 09/30/2013 at 12:04:14

Pascal #Delbeck was born in 1954 in Libourne, and comes from a family of five generations of wine growers. After graduating from studies in viticulture, oenology and agronomy, he began working for Madame Dubois-Challon, the former co-owner (until 1997) of Château #Ausone – 1st Grand Cru Classé A of Saint-Emilion, and owner of Château Belair – 1st Grand Cru Classé B of #Saint-Emilion, Château Tour du Pas Saint-Georges – Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion, and Fleur Amandine – Bordeaux Blanc....


Focus on a player a player - 09/02/2013 at 05:59:42

Henry Clemens............... The Graves Wine Syndicate....................... A fresh outlook made me realise what a marvelous tool the Syndicate is for promoting and defending the appellation. I would like to use it to attract consumer targets which have been neglected until now (urban, young feminine public). The idea being that there are ways to encourage people to enjoy good Bordeaux wines at reasonable prices. I quickly realised that the syndicate is boosted by the concerted action of the local producers, which is essential if we are to revive this sleeping beauty. I believe the Graves Wine Syndicate should go back to its roots, and put its wines back on the tables of the young generation of regional consumers. I fully intend to capitalise on the fact that our appellation contains the origins of Bordeaux wines, and is unique in producing a trio of fine and affordable red, dry and sweet white wines. These are ideal wines for young neophytes and trend-setters, who have been ‘distanced’ from the famous Bordeaux labels............


"Coup 2 Foudres" in Saint-Emil in the heart of the vineyard - 07/21/2013 at 10:28:32

unique new style of accommodation in the heart of the vineyard.....


Focus on a Player : Gregory Lovato - 07/07/2013 at 01:39:29

#Wine ‎#Tourism My passion for the Arts prompted us to organize cultural events in our cellars each year. The next event is scheduled for October 2013 : Fabiola, a famous singer from Quebec has been kind enough to come over and perform at Château Lajarre for the third year running. In May 2014, we are organizing a weekend art exhibition in our cellars. This exhibition will be rounded off by a Chamber music recital....... Maxine.Colas.....


Focus on a player Denis Dubourdieu - 06/06/2013 at 11:11:31

Denis Dubourdieu is both a scientist and a hands-on wine-grower and vintner. He was trained in agronomy, then became a professor of Œnology at the University of Bordeaux in 1987, and Director of the Institute of Vine and Wine Science. For many years he has been broadening his research in the field of yeasts, aromas and colloids. He and his team of researchers are specialized in white wines but are also working on aromas and flavours in red wines. Denis Dubourdieu is also a consultant for over 70 reputed wine estates in France and abroad. He shares this consulting business with two partners – who are also former pupils of his : Valérie Lavigne, Doctor of Œnology and Christophe Ollivier, œnologist. Denis Dubourdieu and his wife Florence hail from old wine-growing families in the Bordeaux region. With their two sons, Fabrice and Jean-Jacques, they manage a group of estates which together represent 135 hectares of vines in Sauternes (Château Doisy-Daëne, cru classé in 1855 and Château Cantegril), in Graves (Châteaux Floridène et Haura) and finally in Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux (Château Reynon). The wines produced or advised by Denis Dubourdieu and his team have a style which expresses the magic of ‘terroir’, with aromatic purity, freshness, complex flavours and ageability. Château Reynon Château Reynon, in Béguey, was purchased in 1958 by Florence Dubourdieu’s father, Jacques David ; in 1976, his daughter and son-in-law, Denis Dubourdieu, took over running the property. Thanks to their hard work, Château Reynon is currently reputed and available on all the major international markets. The estate produces a red wine under the appellation Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux label, and a white Sauvignon. Its second label is called Clos Reynon. The vineyard is located on a well-drained hill made up of deep gravels and clayey sub-soils. Halfway down the slope, the soi lis a mix of limestone and clay. At the bottom of the hill, the soil becomes more sandy. The red wine vineyard is made up of Merlot (81%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), and Petit Verdot (13%). The white grape varieties are Sauvignon (87%) and Sémillon (13%). Planting density is 5,500 vines per hectare. The land is worked according to traditional methods and no herbicides are used. The vineyard is in the process of abandoning the use of chemical pesticides. All the properties owned by the company, Domaines Denis Dubourdieu, are members of the first Association for the Environmental Management of Bordeaux wines, which has been certified ISO 14001 since 1991........ The 2012 vintage............ The five essential conditions which make a great vintage were not all on the menu in 2012. The spring weather conditions were not favorable enough to meet the first two conditions. The third condition was partly fulfilled, in that the vines’ growth only slowed down once, just before the grapes changed colour. The fourth condition (slow ripening during a hot and dry month of August) was fulfilled in 2012. However, only the Merlot and the white grapes satisfied the final fifth condition, because they ripen earlier and were harvested in sunny and relatively dry conditions, which enabled producers to pick them at optimum phenolic ripeness, with no threat of rot. Many of the Cabernets would have benefited from a longer ripening season in order to lose certain green flavours, but the rains in October prevented that. Finally, the late arrival of Noble Rot and the heavy rains in mid-October complicated the harvest in Sauternes...................................... Denis Dubourdieu – Château Reynon – AOC Côtes de Bordeaux Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – by Maxine Colas :


Focus on a player : Martine Cazeneuve - 05/06/2013 at 04:35:57

When Martine Cazeneuve took over and changed the fate of Château Paloumey, she was already familiar with the world of wine. After graduating from the Bordeaux Business and Management School in 1975, she embarked on a career as a teacher of economy and management but also ran a wine estate with a 7 hectare vineyard in her native region, the Côtes de Blaye. In 1989, while she was searching for a property on the left bank, she fell in love with Paloumey, and accepted the challenge of putting this forgotten vineyard back where it belonged, among the best estates of the appellation. This was the beginning of a fascinating wine adventure for Martine. 24 years later, Martine Cazenave is more motivated than ever and travels the world to promote Paloumey and its wines among private enthusiasts as well as professionals. Le Château Paloumey At the start of the 19th century, the wines of Château Paloumey had acquired an excellent reputation and were rapidly classed among the best Cru Bourgeois estates, as the mention of the estate in the first edition of the famed wine encyclopedia « Bordeaux and its Wines »,published by the Féret publishing house, attests. At that time, the 35 hectare estate, located next to Châteaux La Lagune and Cantemerle, was owned by the wine merchant Octave Dupuy, who renovated the entire property. Unfortunately, around 1950, the vineyard fell victim to the somber post-war years and the vines were pulled out. When Martine Cazenave took over the property in 1989, the challenge to bring Paloumey back to life was daunting : there were no vines and no cellar ! Martine, in partnership with the company François Charles Oberthur, devoted several years of passionate effort into regrouping, planting and building to breathe life back into this estate. Today, the vineyard is made up of over 34 hectares of vines planted on quality gravelly ‘terroir’ (soils). The estate also includes a further 2.4 hectares in AOC Margaux (Château La Bessane) and almost 3 hectares in AOC Moulis (Château La Garricq, Cru Bourgeois). Wine Tourism Since 2004, wine tourism has been one of Château Paloumey’s flagship activities : all year round, the winery’s team welcomes French and foreign tourists, individually or in groups. Château Paloumey offers each visitor a unique wine experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, either through visit-tastings of the property or in one of the « Médocaines » workshops. Martine Cazenave is also part of the « Duo des Médocaines » with Armelle Falcy Cruse of Château du Taillan. These two friends, both pioneers of wine tourism, offer visitors « The Médocaine 4 Seasons » activities : with each season providing a different workshop – the best-known and most popular are harvest, blending or wine and cheese pairing. A new workshop has been created for the 2013 season : The ‘Visite Délices’ (Delightful Delicacies Visit) !...............


ON THE WINE ROAD FROM BORDEAUX - 04/27/2013 at 10:38:55

THROUGH GRAVES TO SAUTERNES........... The new signposted wine route from Bordeaux to Sauternes, which runs through the Pessac-Léognan, Graves and Barsac appellations before reaching its final destination in Sauternes, was inaugurated last week. The project, which has taken 3 years to put together, consists of 63 roadsigns indicating the successive appellations which run from the Bordeaux suburbs to the land of golden sweet white wine in the southernmost part of the vineyard (mainly on the D113 road) and an attractive, detailed roadmap for visitors. According to Dominique Guignard, president of the Association responsible for this initiative, and owner of Château Roquetaillade La Grange in Mazières, only 10 out of 100 visitors to Bordeaux make it to Sauternes, 50 km away. "Our aim is to double that figure", he said during the press conference held at the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce last week. On the 'route' website, tourists will find 3 suggested escapades in the Graves region : "Wine & Heritage", "Wine & River" and "Wine & 'Terroir' ". 40,000 roadmaps, equipped with a QR code which can be scanned to access the website, have been distributed in the various Tourist Offices along the route. The maps and website contain extensive information about the numerous châteaux open to the public along the route, accommodation in the region, local gastronomy and restaurants, historical monuments and leisure activities (like canoeing in Barsac, or boat trips from Bordeaux down the Garonne River to Sauternes). Unfortunately, the website and maps are not yet available in English.... More info at : by Maxine Colas- Bordeaux wine guide-


ROBERT PARKER - 04/27/2013 at 10:35:12

TO BE GRAND AMBASSADOR OF BORDEAUX'S FUTURE WINE CIVILIZATION CENTRE The great international wine guru and critic, Robert Parker, said he was "honoured" to accept his role as ambassador to what promises to be a monumental showcase for international wine culture which will "trace the history of wine through the civilized world". Mr.Parker congratulated Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, for being "the force behind this massive project". The first stone of the centre, whose innovative architecture alone will attract attention, will be laid during Vinexpo this year. source:Twitter by maxine.colas


#Primeurs 2012 PRIMEURS Les Crus Bourgeois du - 04/27/2013 at 10:32:29

PRIMEURS Les Crus Bourgeois du Médoc Positive results after our three day tasting event 235 properties from 7 prestigious appellations in the Médoc (Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Margaux, Moulis, Listrac-Médoc, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe) presented samples of their wines at the Primeurs tasting organised by the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc at Château d'Agassac. More than 1000 professionals came to the tasting and 67 journalists covered the event and/or tasted the samples in the dedicated press area. 18 nationalities were represented and there was a tie for the Top 5 countries with: Switzerland - Germany - Belgium - Netherlands - Great Britain & the USA! The American and Dutch markets are new entries to the Top 5. This is the fruit of promotional initiatives for the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc that were launched in the USA at the beginning of the year. he ratio between French visitors and visitors from abroad was: 33% French & 67% from abroad; a slight increase in foreign visitors compared to last year (up 7%). Concerning the profile of attendees, the Top 5 professions represented were, in descending order: Wholesale wine merchants - Brokers - Importers - Buyers/Distributors and retail wine merchants. contact:


Focus on a player : Dany Rolland - 04/02/2013 at 12:10:04

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.     2012 Futures 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 Agence Fleuri Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – English Version  by Maxine Colas     Bordeaux Wine News


Focus on a player : Yohan Aubert - 03/05/2013 at 03:18:44

« I was born and bred in Saint-Emilion, and the vineyards were my playground before I began my career in the wine business, at our family estate, Château Couspaude. Being energetic and curious at the same time, I threw myself into developing the sales side of Vignobles Aubert as well as promoting the collective image of Saint-Emilion’s wines in France and abroad. I also share my passion for wine by participating in the « Les Arômes de Jeunesse » and « Les Mécreants » wine clubs. I also became a young « Jurât » (member of the Saint-Emilion wine fraternity) on the 16th September 2012. » Yohan Aubert and his cousins Vanessa and Héloïse, are the heirs of Joseph Aubert, who founded this family of wine growers 250 years ago! Besides Château Couspaude, the Aubert family also possesses a range of wines in Lalande de Pomerol, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. The Château La Couspaude Located in the heart of Saint-Emilion, near the monolithic church, this estate has been the flagship vineyard of the Aubert family for over a century. « La Couspaude », written « La Croix Paute » in Middle-Age French, gets its name from the cross which still adorns the crossroads of lanes bordering the entrance to the property. This cross was a meeting point for pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques of Compostella in Northern Spain. Château La Couspaude is equally remarkable by its underground cellar, which provides the ideal conditions for wine-making and ageing in barrels. The château also has a magnificent reception room used for prestigious events. Château La Couspaude is a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé. Michel Rolland is the estate’s wine production consultant. The château’s vines are 30 years old on average and the vineyard is made up of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 vintage La Couspaude will be welcoming professional tasters and journalists during Futures’ week in Bordeaux (scheduled from the 8th – 11th April 2013). The château will be hosting the Association of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classés tasting, during which 60 producers will be presenting their wines to expert tasters from all over the world. Yohan Aubert – Château La Couspaude – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – Maxine Colas


All set to impress : Bordeaux Cité des Civilisations du vin - 01/29/2013 at 01:39:25

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’… by Maxine.Colas


Focus on a Player Hubert de Boüard de la Forest - 01/29/2013 at 01:37:58

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


Focus on a player - 01/22/2013 at 10:37:52

Thomas Laydis – Château Roc de Calon – Montagne Saint-Emilion Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – English Version by Maxine Colas I was born in 1984, in Libourne. I began my career as a radio journalist, then moved on to work in public relations for the French Football Federation as well as for a communications agency. I am currently the public relations director for “Open D Group” (a group of agencies specialized in publicity and communications). I have also been Brand manager for Château Roc de Calon since 2008; I oversee everything that concerns the property’s brand image. I share a passion for motor sports with my father, and we have cultivated relationships and partnerships with various players in this community; with Team Tech3, the French Moto GP team, the DA Racing stable in the Andros Trophy, Julien Fébreau in the Rallye Cross team and even with the Formula 1 Lotus team since 2012........ Château Roc de Calon : The first plots of vines at Château Roc de Calon were planted in 1922 on the western slopes of the Calon hill, in the heart of the Montagne Saint-Emilion appellation. Today, the vineyard covers 23 hectares and is made up of 75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Hervé Sanguina is our technical consultant, who closely monitors sustained cultivation of the vineyard, which protects the ecological equilibrium. Apart from family members, the Château team includes Jean Denis Couderc, who has been our vineyard manager for more than 20 years) and Julien Bordas, our experienced cellar master. Our wines are vinified and aged with the expert help of our consultant oenologist, Stéphane Toutoundji. The wines of Château Roc de Calon are complemented by our second label, “Daylis”, a pleasure wine for sharing. Since 2011, we have added two other wines to our range; “Nuance” – a French rosé – and the special reserve “Ecrin”, which is the quintessence of Château Roc de Calon and our premium label. A family passion In 1922, a farmer named Théophile Marcelou set up home in Montagne Saint-Emilion, and planted the first vines at Château Roc de Calon. In 1973, Théophile’s son-in-law, Robert Laydis, who was a baker in Bordeaux at the time, decided to start a new life and took over the estate. He launched marketing of Château Roc de Calon’s wines and began an extensive renovation programme of the vineyard. In 1988, Bernard Laydis, grandson of Théophile and a Doctor of pharmacy, took over the running of the estate. His wife looked after the administrative side of the business. Bernard developed sales considerably, continued the vineyard renovation and began remodeling the cellar. Since 2008, the fourth generation – represented by Thomas Laydis and his sister Marie (great grandchildren of Théophile Marcelou) – has been continuing the work at Château Roc de Calon. Marie, who is specialized in environmental studies and ecology, contributes her expertise to the estate. Despite the various activities of the Laydis family over the last 90 years, Château Roc de Calon remains a place where the family reunites. This constant, unfailing link with the land which permeates through Château Roc de Calon is the seal linking the Laydis family members.


Season s Greetings and Best Wishes - 12/23/2012 at 10:42:31

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!! Счастливого Рождества и Нового Года!!   メリークリスマス&ハッピーニューイヤー   Joyeux Noel & Bonne Année!! Maxine.Colas


Focus on a player : Stéphane Derenoncourt - 11/10/2012 at 09:56:42

He arrived in the Bordeaux area in 1982, to take part in the harvest, and never left............................... Over the years, he has worked, observed and tasted in the region’s different appellations. As a result, he has gained extensive and varied experience of vine culture and the wine industry..................................................... Stéphane began working as cellar master at Château Pavie Macquin in 1990. There, he met Stefan von Neipperg, with whom he embarked on the adventure of producing La Mondotte in 1996................................................ This was the start of Stéphane Derenoncourt’s role as consultant............................................... He is very interested in both the concept of « terroir » and tradition................................................. He is inspired by the Burgundian way of working, and concentrates on minerality and freshness when developing his work own methods, which are more intuitive than systematic. His approach consists of common sense, respect for a well understood manual profession, and tasting as a tool in decision-making. He makes wines he likes to drink and share with others. Portrait Stéphane Derenoncourt Domaine de l’A and Derenoncourt Consultants In 1999, he and his wife Christine acquired a property in the Côtes de Castillon appellation, Domaine de L’A. He established « Vignerons Consultants », a consultant company which has grown rapidly thanks to the success of the wines he works with : they are not signature wines, but have their own identity. Today, « Vignerons Consultants » has become « Derenoncourt Consultants » ; Simon Blanchard, Julien Lavenu and Frédéric Massie are all oenologists and currently associates of Stéphane Derenoncourt. Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Réalisation Arnaud Fleuri – English Version by Maxine Colas Stéphane Derenoncourt’s impressions on the 2012 Vintage 2012 is like a dramatic story, which could have been tragic but seems to be ending on a happy note. The season kicked off with a cold, wet Spring, bringing the threat of a host of terrible diseases, until the end of July.


Focus on a player : Eric Boissenot - 09/29/2012 at 08:37:06

I was born in 1969 and began my career in wine making with my father, Jacques Boissenot, at the age of 14, on the family property. He passed on to me his knowledge, experience and passion for wine. In 1991, at the age of 22, I graduated from the Faculty of Oenology in Bordeaux; at that time I began my career as a consultant oenologist for several other wine estates, both with and without my father. I regard each vineyard as an individual unit with its own character and expression. One must respect this in every way – when dealing with the vines, the grapes or the wines. The global complexity of the raw material is directly linked to the quality of the ‘terroir’ (soils, micro-climate) and this explains the hierarchy of Bordeaux wines. As long as the blending is carefully managed to best express the terroir, whether the material is rich or less rich, the tasting will always be a pleasure. In 1993, I studied for a joint DEA in oenology-ampleology and a PhD in oenology-ampleology , which I obtained in 1997 (under the expert tuition of Professors Gérard Seguin and Yves Glories), after five years of studying the vineyard soils of the Médoc and their influence on the quality of the grapes and the wines. I have always kept in close contact with the Faculty of Oenology in Bordeaux and I teach classes there to students taking the DUAD (university diploma of tasting aptitude) and for vocational training ........ Laboratoire Boissenot The laboratory was established in 1972 by my father, Jacques Boissenot, who was trained as a consultant oenologist by Emile Peynaud, with whom he worked for ten years. He had just set up a laboratory in the Chamber of Agriculture in Pauillac. We are currently consultants for 180 properties including many Médoc estates : Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, Grand Puy Lacoste, Branaire Ducru, Rauzan Ségla, Sigalas Rabaud ; and abroad : Concha y Toro in Chile, Alpha Estate in Greece, Siro Pacenti in Tuscany, Vallegarcia in Spain…............................. Eric Boissenot’s photography My other passion is photography. I am very inspired by landscapes, the curves and symmetry of waterways, the way light is reflected on meandering rivers and poetic realism. I am currently exhibiting at Château Brane Cantenac. This is the follow-up to their first photo exhibition in 2010, on the theme “Brane seen by….” . Henri Lurton and Christophe Capdeville asked me to create a series of photos on this theme. I wanted to produce outside images mainly, in large format and using silver film. I developed the photographic images on barite paper made in Japan. The exhibition is ongoing until the end of March 2013................... Video : © Photo: JB.Nadeau BWN © 2008


Focus on a player Dominique Haverlan - 09/04/2012 at 11:44:58

Originally from Flanders, the Haverlan family has been in the Graves region since the 1930’s. Dominique Haverlan was born in 1959. He is married with three children. In 1978, he obtained his Enology and Viticulture technician diploma. He began his career first by tenant farming (more particularly at Château Grand Bourdieu, where he organized re-planting of the entire vineyard), before purchasing the ruins of Le Vieux Château Gaubert and its vines in 1988. Chain saw in hand, he moved into his new home, where Nature had got the upper hand, and began planting on land that hadn’t hosted vines since 1945. In just a few years, the estate came alive again, thanks to his hard work : the vineyard was re-planted and the technical buildings entirely renovated. Since 1996, two stone masons have been employed full-time to restore the estate’s buildings. The whole project has been auto-financed. The surrounding walls have been completely rebuilt and reinforced. These will circle the park and a rotunda should soon be finished. The new vat room houses 16 stainless steel 200 hectolitre vats and 8 underground vats containing 170 hectolitres. The barrel cellar has been entirely re-thought and designed by Dominique. He has also built a reception hall measuring 150 square metres between the cellar and the vat room, which can welcome around 120 people. A boutique is planned. Furthermore, in 2004, Dominique took over the tenancy of a vineyard in Pessac-Léognan, Château Pontet Caillou, who’s closest neighbour is Domaine de Chevalier. In 2010, he also took over Château Haut Pommarède, another abandoned vineyard in need of renovation. Château de La Brède It is not surprising, considering Dominique’s career, that he is naturally keen to bring viticultural activity back to the historical Château de La Brède. It was here, in this castle, on the 18th January 1689, that Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron of La Brède and of Montesquieu was born – otherwise known more simply as Montesquieu. The famous French philosopher and politician was very attached to the family estate and stayed there very often. Countess Jacqueline de Chabannes, descendant of Denise, Montesquieu’s youngest daughter, lived in the château until her death in 2004. The Countess died childless and her wish was that the estate should stay open to the public. With this in mind, she had founded the Fondation Jacqueline de Chabannes, designed to protect the domain and enable the public to visit it. At the same time, Bruno Gérarud, the owner of Château Méjean, initiated the rebirth of wine-making activity at Château de La Brède and replanted in 2008. In 2011, Bruno Géraud entrusted Dominique Haverlan with the project follow up. The White Wine of Château de La Brède 2011 is already available, on site. The red wine will be available from May 2013. Wine Tourism: Château de La Brède’s winery will be open for visits in June 2013. In the meantime, visitors can discover the château itself, for example on Saturday 15th September 2012 : “Montesquieu et Nous” – an event organized to coincide with the National Heritage open days, with the participation of the town of La Brède. 3 pm : discussions around the theme of “Montesquieu the Traveller”, with musical interludes. 5 :30 pm : the 5th literary prize award ceremony 7 :30 pm : Closing drinks party with illumination of the château. More:


Focus on a player Jean-Marie Amat - 06/29/2012 at 02:04:23

He was born in Angoulême in 1945. He was just fourteen when he began his apprenticeship at the “Auberge de Bourgogne” in Bordeaux, where he learnt everything he wasn’t supposed to… In 1964, at the age of 19, he opened the “Auberge Bikini” for his parents to run, and that same year, he read the Kreutzer Sonata, which inspired him to become an author. In 1970, he opened his own restaurant, the « SAINT-JAMES », in the old quarter of Bordeaux, an establishment which became immediately popular with local gourmets. 1973 marked his meeting with André Guillot, the chef at the « Vieux Marly » restaurant. Jean-Marie Amat recognized the latter as being his only true culinary guru and went on to establish a second “SAINT-JAMES”, located on the top floor of an 18th century building, with a balcony view opposite the Opera House. In 1978, Amat was awarded his second Michelin star and, a year later, opened the “Bistrot de Bordeaux”, where he launched the concept of “crus by the glass”. He crossed the Garonne river in 1981 to create the third SAINT-JAMES in Bouilac (the balcony town on the right bank of the river), with its unparalleled view of the city of Bordeaux. In 1989, he added a modern-style hotel, designed by the avant-gardist architect Jean Nouvel, to fit into the landscape… “Le Bistroy” bistrot was opened in 1992. Amat then took over the village café opposite and turned it into a steakhouse, the “Café de l’Espérance”. Jean-Marie Amat is a multi-tasker and always on the go. He has simultaneously managed to plant a vineyard in the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, open a delicatessen in Bouilac and an open air café with live music on the banks of the Garonne, as well as restaurants designed by Philippe Starck. The « Restaurant du Prince Noir » The first castle located on this site dates back to 1060 and was built by William VII. It was owned by the English crown and the prince of Aquitaine, called the Black Prince is said to have stayed there. The castle was rebuilt in 1626 by Henri Roche for Cardinal François de Sourdis and became a national treasure in 1789. Property developer Norbert Fradin purchased the building from the Lormont town council and undertook major renovation work with architect Bernard Bulher. When the two men had the idea of turning the castle into a gastronomic restaurant, they asked Jean-Marie Amat to come and practice his culinary art there… The restaurant opened in May 2007. Jean-Marie Amat and the Arts Jean-Marie Amat has a passion for photography. The restaurant is often host to photographic exhibitions. Currently on show is an exhibition by Lain Benoit on the art of making wine, shot at Château Troplong Mondot. Moreover, in the gardens of the Château du Prince Noir, visitors will find an artists-sculptor’s residence (which you can see from the Aquitaine Bridge). Jean-Marie’s other passion is his flower and vegetable garden. He uses his home grown vegetables in the restaurant cuisine.


Bordeaux Echos Focus on a player - 05/28/2012 at 05:31:38

Didier Cuvelier, the orchestrator of Leoville Poyferré’s renaissance......... 59 year-old Didier Cuvelier is a man in charge of quite a tribe : his son, Louis (15) and five children from his wife Florence’s first mariage. He comes from a family of wine merchants from the North of France. In 1804, Henri Cuvelier founded the wine trading house at Haubourdin, on the outskirts of Lille. In 1920, his sons Paul and Albert Cuvelier bought Château Léoville Poyferré. Didier trained as a chartered accountant before passing the DUAD (a university diploma in wine tasting) in 1976. His lecturer at the time was professor Emile Peynaud, who rapidly became his mentor. In 1979, at the age of 26, Didier took over the running of Châteaux Léoville Poyferré, Moulin Riche and Le Crock – a real challenge! Didier Cuvelier - Château Léoville PoyferréChâteau Léoville Poyferré This estate is a second classified growth of 1855 in the Saint-Julien appellation. Its 80 hectares are made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Château Moulin Riche, with its specific ‘terroir’ and the estate’s second wine, Pavillion de Poyferré complete the range. The origins of this legendary vineyard go back to 1638. At the time, the estate was called Mont-Moytié, named after its founder, Jean de Moytié. In 1740, the property was bought by Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville. It was largest wine estate in the Médoc at the time of the French Revolution. The Marquis de Las Case, who was co-heir of the estate, emigrated and his share was sold as a national asset. In 1826, this part of the property was purchased by Hugh Barton and became Château Léoville Barton. The latter’s eldest son, Pierre-Jean, Marshal of France, inherited what is now the vineyard of Château Léoville Las Cases. His daughter Jeanne’s share was inherited by her son-in-law, Baron Jean-Marie Poyferré, who added his name to Léoville, thus founding Château Léoville Poyferré. The renaissance of Château Léoville Poyferré When he arrived in 1979, Didier Cuvelier immediately realised the fabulous potential of Léoville Poyferré, thanks to the excellent quality of its ‘terroir’. He embarked on an extensive programme of renovation in the vineyard (expanding the surface area, pulling out old or diseased vines and re-planting). The work was finished in the Spring of 1998. But it was the 1982 vintage that marked a turning point in the history of Léoville Poyferré and the begining of a long line of successes. When asked which vintage he is most proud of, Didier replies « 2009, which Robert Parker scored 100/100, but I’m actually proud of them all. » More


Focus on a player - 04/28/2012 at 12:32:20

Madeleine Marchand................. Madeleine made her consulting career début in 1972 in an American company based in Paris and then moved on to work for the international luxury goods group, Remy Martin (including Remy Martin cognac and Krug champagne at the time). Following this, she became corporate secretary of the Bordeaux merchant company A de Luze et Fils, for 8 years. This was an ideal way to acquire an acute knowledge of the wine world and build up an important network in the wine and luxury goods industry before embarking on a career in wine tourism in 1990, before term even existed… « I have always been a passionate lover of the Bordeaux region and realized its potential in attracting visitors, which I wanted to share. Since then, I have travelled around the world to promote this destination and convince all the major tour operators, especially those specialized in corporate tourism (conferences, seminars, business meetings and trips), to choose Bordeaux.” Although this region is “unique” and its wines considered “exceptional”, it is essential to provide an impeccable reception service and to constantly anticipate customers’ requirements and expectations. Madeleine Marchand Bordeaux Excellence More:


Bordeaux Echos Michel Bettane - 03/30/2012 at 10:14:03

Focus on a player : Michel Bettane Frenchman Michel Bettane was actually born in the United States 60 years ago, and began his career as a Classics professor and lecturer. His passion for wine prompted him to enroll on a tasting course at the Wine Academy in Paris in 1977, where he met Michel Dovaz, the professor of wine tasting at the International Academy of Wine in Geneva. In 1980, the French national wine magazine, « La Revue des Vins de France » changed hands and the new owners set out to re-vamp the publication. Michel Bettane was asked to join the new editorial team, organized by Chantal Lecouty and Michel Dovaz. The magazine bounced back to life and regained the confidence of the general public. Thierry Desseauve joined the team as editor-in-chief in 1989. Today, Michel Bettane is an internationally renowned expert, appreciated for his independent judgment and extensive knowledge of the world’s vineyards. He is also a member of the International Wine Academy. Bettane and Desseauve’s Wine Guidebook As soon as he took up his post at the RFV, Thierry Desseauve became firm friends with Michel Bettane and they formed a successful professional tandem. Together, in 1996, they created the “Classement des meilleurs vins et domains de France” (Best rated wines and estates of France). In 2004, they left the Revue des Vins de France, which meanwhile had been bought by the Marie-Claire Group, and launched the “Grand Guide des Vins de France Bettane et Desseauve” (Great Guide to French Wines). This has become a benchmark reference among wine guides, and has enabled Michel Bettane to be in constant contact with thousands of producers as it is revised and expanded every year. The expert wine duo has published a host of other books, such as « Les 365 plus grands vins du monde » (The 365 greatest wines in the world), « Les Meilleurs vins à moins de 7€ » (The best wines at less than 7€), « Les Meilleurs vins des copains » (The best wines for friends), « Les Meilleurs vins pour créer sa cave » (The best wines to start your cellar), « Les Meilleurs accords mets et vins » (The best food and wine pairings), and « Leçons de dégustation » (Lessons in tasting)…. The « Grand Guide des Vins de France » team As it developped, the Grand Guide has formed a talented team of tasters to assist Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve. These include Alain Chameyrat, Antoine Pétrus, Barbara Schroeder, Denis Hervier, Guillaume Puzzo, Hélène Durand, as well as Guy Charneau and Véronique Raisin, who were present during our photo documentary at Château Brane Cantenac. Guy Charneau has been a photojournalist for the past 25 years, and has closely monitored the evolution of the vineyards of Bordeaux, the great South West and the South of France. He has been a member of the tasting team since 2004. Véronique Raisin joined the Bettane & Desseauve team in 2005. She covers the vineyards of the Jura, Savoie and Bugey for the Guide, but also participates in tastings of wines from all over France. Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau Bettane+Desseauve’s website This English Version is by Maxine Colas


Focus on a Player Alain Moueix - 02/26/2012 at 02:45:34

Alain Moueix, who is the heir to one of the great Bordeaux wine families, studied agriculture and viticulture for 6 years in Toulouse. He then spent a further 2 years training to perfect his knowledge of the different professions involved in the wine business : viticulture in the Corbières and Puilly Fuissé regions and also in the Napa Valley, marketing in the Listel company and finally, research in the French Agricultural Institute, INRA. After graduating in 1990, he travelled to New Zealand to spend a year and a half working for Kumeu River Wines. In September 1991, Alain Moueix returned home to France and took over the running of Château Saint-André Corbin until 1992, when he became director of Château Mazeyres in Pomerol (an estate belonging to the French bank, Société Générale). In December 2000, Alain became co-proprietor (with 50% of the shares) of Château Fonroque, the family estate and, in 2002, he also began looking after the production at Château Moulin du Cadet, an estate owned by his sister, Isabelle. Alain Moueix is also one of the 4 founders of the Cercle Rive Droite, the President of the Association of Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés, and deputy Jurat of the Saint-Emilion wine fraternity, the Jurade. Portrait Alain Moueix Château FonroqueChâteau Fonroque Jean Moueix was the son of a family of farmers from the Corréze region, in central France. He travelled to Paris in the 1920’s, where he started a business selling dairy products. He purchased Château Fonroque several years later, following the advice of his brother. When his eldest son died in 1979, the estate was entrusted to Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix until 2001 and the arrival of Alain Moueix. The Château is a great classified estate of Saint-Emilion spread over 22 hectares (including 17.6 ha of vines), located to the north west of the city of Saint-Emilion. As soon as he arrived, Alain embarked on converting the vineyard to meet sustainable farming standards. In 2002, he carried out tests with a view to meeting the requirements of organic farming and, as early as 2003, decided to apply for Organic Agriculture certification (AGROCERT). The 2006 harvest was the first to obtain the “AB” logo. At the same time, biodynamic farming was being developed on the estate: on a plot of 6 hectares in 2002, then 12 hectares in 2003, and finally, since 2004, the entire vineyard has been farmed using biodynamic methods. Fonroque has been a member of the Biodynamic Wine Growers Syndicate, BIODYVIN, since 2005. Biodynamics « Organic farming enables us to protect not only the environment (the soil, water tables and the air….) but also employees working in the vineyard.” According to Alain Moueix, who initiated the move towards biodynamics, this method of farming also brings durability to the soils, and enhances the expression of ‘terroir’, the brilliance and balance of the wines. Biodynamic farming takes into account the vine’s immediate and distant environment. The immediate environment is the soil, which, together with the vine itself, benefits from biodynamic preparation. The vine’s more distant environment includes the stars and the solar system, and more importantly, the sun and moon. Because of its proximity to the earth, the moon has a very strong influence on the behavior of plants, foliage and the fungi which can damage the vines. Alain has noticed an increase in biodiversity since the beginning of biodynamic farming on the estate. The soils are also more flexible to work with, the onset and progressive ripening of the grapes is more homogeneous and they ripen earlier, which means they can be harvested at optimum ripeness with a good level of acidity and not such high potential alcohol levels.


Focus on Player - 01/27/2012 at 03:23:08

Jean-Luc Sylvain was born on the 1st June 1958 in Libourne, where he spent his childhood and was taught the craft of barrel-making and stave modeling by his father. He became a fully-fledged member of the family cooperage business in the early 80’s, which he took over in 1984. Jean-Luc began developing the market and business opportunities, then set up a cooperage a few kilometres from Libourne and Saint-Emilion, in Saint Denis de Pile in 1991. A few years later, he added a staving mill to the site. Today, he manages a cooperage whose 48 employees produce 30,000 barrels a year, 70% of which are exported outside France. Moreover, in 2011 Jean-Luc Sylvain became president of the Federation of French Coopers. He is actively involved in the local and regional community and has been a judge at the Libourne Commercial Court since 1997, while also being a permanent member of the Territorial Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Libourne.  Tonnellerie Sylvain (Sylvain Cooperage)
Sylvain’s cooperage works in both hemispheres – North and South – and hence deals with two harvest seasons per year. This means constant barrel manufacturing all year round. The cooperage chooses and buys the all its wood (French oak trees from the state forests run by the ONF, France’s forestry commission)and has integrated the activity of stave preparation to have better control over its supplies. Guaranteeing the origin and the quality of its raw material has been a major strategic priority in recent years, which is successfully paying off today :
-    The PEFC certification guarantees that Tonnellerie Sylvain buys its wood from organizations committed to sustainable management of the forests.
-    The certificate issued by the quality control bureau Veritas is a guarantee that the origin of its raw material is exclusively French. Tonnellerie Sylvain is driven by a strong mobile sales force. The latter travels around the Aquitaine region and the wine world and benefits from efficient export networks through agents or distributors. Constantly seeking to innovate
Tonnellerie Sylvain, is always on the lookout for ways to improve its craft and conducts regular research to find ways to adapt its products to the market. This is how the cooperage came to manufacture its 500 litre barrel, designed for integral wine-making (alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation,maceration,…); this is an innovative technique, and sufficiently convincing to create a specific new market. By combining tradition and modernity, this product has become the firm’s leading model.


Focus On Player - 01/02/2012 at 03:54:26

Xavier Planty was born on the 30th March 1955 in Bordeaux, and has always been a passionate lover of both Nature and wine. After completing his studies in biology (Masters in Psychology and Plant Genetics) and obtaining a National Diploma in Oenology, he began working in the Bordeaux wine trade. In 1982, he worked at a First Classified Grand Cru estate in Saint-Emilion before joining the team at Château Guiraud, the 1st Classified Grand Cru (of 1855) in Sauternes, where he became manager in 1986. Rapidly, he initiated some serious thinking about a global approach to environmentally friendly practices at the estate, which he continues to encourage today. Xavier Planty is also co-owner, with his wife Aude, of Château du Carpia, located in Castillon de Castets and which is also an organically farmed vineyard. Xavier describes himself as both a farmer and a wine grower. Château Guiraud Classified since 1855 as a First Grand Cru, Château Guiraud is the oldest estate in Sauternes. The property dates back to the fifteenth century. It is also one of the largest, with its 100 hectare vineyard, the whole of which is located in the district of Sauternes. Château Guiraud was purchased by 4 wine-loving friends in 2006 : Robert Peugeot, Xavier Planty, Olivier Bernard (director of Domaine de Chevalier) and Stephan von Neipperg, who owns Château Canon La Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion. Natural Wine Château Guiraud is the only First Classified Growth of the 1855 classification to become certified in organic farming. The estate has banished weed killers and chemical insecticides for several years now and is renowned for its implementation of organic wine growing practices, which stems from a real objective – preserving the natural balance of the ecosystem. This has involved re-planting hedgerows to help natural pest control, building insect shelters, nest boxes, a white grape variety vine depository, a natural wastewater treatment plant and supporting vine biodiversity…


Focus on a player - 11/25/2011 at 09:45:22

César Compadre was born in the mountains of Northern Spain but grew up in the Médoc; initially in St.Seurin de Cadourne, then St.Estèphe and Pauillac. He graduated at the Bordeaux Political Sciences Institute (IEP), obtained a Masters degree in Administrative and Social Economics (AES) and a Diploma in wine industry law and vineyard management. He has been a journalist specialized in the wine business for 22 years. As early as 1989, César participated in creating the magazine “La Vigne” (The Vine), which is currently the leading wine magazine for professionals in France. After working for “La Vigne” for 14 years – including ten years as editor-in-chief – he decided to take up a new challenge, this time within the “Sud Ouest” media group. He joined the editorial team of South West France’s major daily newspaper, as Wine and Spirits columnist. This return to the region suited him well: “I love journalism, and in the Gironde region, the wine business is a vast universe which generates a myriad of different jobs, skills and crafts, providing me with a wealth of writing material every day.” « Sud Ouest » and Wines The director of the Bordeaux-based newspaper, Pierre Jeantet, gave César Compadre a mission upon his arrival 7 years ago: « I want to to proud of the way the vineyard and the wines are dealt with in « Sud Ouest », said the boss. The wine world is a multi-faceted one: apart from being a major economic heavyweight and a rich source of political and social issues, wine is very much a cultural product with deep historical roots in the region. It comes therefore as no surprise that “Sud Ouest” (with its daily circulation of 300,000 copies in print, and a fast developing website) gives ‘wine and vine’ news pride of place. Each week 4 articles focus on this major sector of activity. Two of them appear every Tuesday: one column in the opening regional pages, centred on information for wine business professionals, followed by a page in the “lifestyle” back section, more geared towards consumers’ interests. The third column called “Ceps en Cave” (from vine stock to wine store), is published exclusively in the Gironde département’s Thursday edition (Sud Ouest covers 8 ‘départements’ or counties : 5 in the Aquitaine region, 2 in the Charentes and 1 in the Gers). César Compadre also writes a column every Sunday for the group’s “Femina” magazine, called “Glass in Hand” and regularly contributes to other publications owned by the group, like “Sud Ouest Gourmand” and “Terre de Vins”. China makes an entrance China becoming a major player in the wine business has become hot news for this renowned Sud Ouest journalist. China, where wine was practically unknown up until a few years ago, has experienced a wine ‘revolution’ to become the world’s leading customer for Bordeaux wine exports in 2011. Moreover, César Compadre was in Hong Kong at the end of October to cover the third Wine & Dine Festival, elaborated along the lines of the original wine festival “Bordeaux Fête Le Vin”, which attracts thousands of enthusiasts to Bordeaux’s quayside on the banks of the Garonne River every other year. As a consequence of China’s grand entrance on the wine market scene, many French producers and merchants are making more and more frequent business trips to the former Middle Kingdom, to seek out customers and new market outlets. Meanwhile, Chinese investors are traveling in the opposite direction – to Bordeaux – to acquire vineyard real estate (around ten châteaux have been sold to date). One wonders whether learning to speak Mandarin will become mandatory (like English previously) in the Gironde region! “Chinese interest in the region has become a hot topic for many of my colleagues. I get calls from all over Europe from journalists on the lookout for more information and fresh leads,” confides César Compadre. That in itself is yet another source of news topics to write about… BWN © 2008


Bordeaux Echos Focus on a player : Hervé Gra - 10/27/2011 at 04:58:04

Hervé GRANDEAU was born in 1967. He lives on the family property of LAUDUC, located on the right bank of the Garonne river, not far from central Bordeaux, in Tresses – which takes its name from the old French “Tres leu cas”, meaning ‘3 leagues from Bordeaux ‘(nowadays 12km). After completing business studies and 3 years working for Total, Hervé studied wine and spirits and came back to Lauduc in 1994 to take over the marketing of Château Lauduc’s wines, with the aim of enhancing the estate’s reputation and its distribution network. Hervé and his brother Régis share the workload; Régis manages the vineyard and wine-making, while Hervé puts the finishing touches to the blending and markets the wines. Together, they strive to find the perfect balance between the expression of ‘terroir’ and today’s consumers’ tastes. Portrait - Hervé GrandeauChâteau Lauduc Hervé and Régis strive to uphold a tradition of wine-making which was passed on to them by their great grandmother, in a village where the high demand for housing and town planning is increasing day by day. The estate farms 55 hectares of vines, consisting mainly of red grape varieties (AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur, Cotes de Bordeaux and wines without geographical indication). The brothers also breed cattle and horses on the estate, and Régis trains the Brittany breed of carthorses to work in the vineyard. In 1994, 90% of the production was sold in bulk. Six years later, Hervé Grandeau is currently marketing 100% of the production in bottles through his own distribution channel, MAISON GRANDEAU LAUDUC. 35% is exported (Europe-USA-South America-Asia) and 65% is sold in France to the hotel-restaurant trade, independent retailers, wholesalers and private buyers.


Bordeaux Echos - 09/30/2011 at 11:02:16

Frédéric de Luze Frédéric de Luze represents the sixth generation of a deeply rooted producer-merchant family. He learnt his trade through hands-on experience, while working for an importer in England. In 1981, this young businessman established the “Baron Frédéric de Luze” company, a wine merchant activity which originally targeted mail order customers. The business then developed to cover the traditional French market and export markets. Boosted by this experience, Frederic de Luze went into partnership with Thierry DECRE in 1992 to create L.D.VINS SA, a merchant company specialized in distributing Bordeaux Grand Cru Classés both in France and abroad. In 2004, he also took on the job as manager of Château Paveil de Luze, a Médoc Cru Bourgeois located in Margaux, which has been in his family since 1862. More:


Bordeaux Echos - 09/01/2011 at 09:07:12

Guillaume Halley is a member of the family who founded the Promodès group, born in Caen in 1977. He studied business management at the ECAL in Rouen, and then at the ESC in Paris. After graduating, he worked for the hypermarket chain Carrefour before becoming store director of the Champion supermarket in Questembert, Brittany in 2002. Guillaume has always been a passionate wine lover, and was already personally responsible for buying stock for the wine department at the group’s store in Caudéran, Bordeaux in 2004, when his father asked him to take over the running of Château de La Dauphine (acquired in 2000). Read more ..


Bordeaux Echos - 07/01/2011 at 04:34:00

Paz Espejo : Prospects for 2011 « This year the growth cycle for all four grape varieties is two to three weeks ahead of schedule. The flowering of the Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot was homogeneous and took place under ideal conditions. Drought conditions prevented the development of disease and we are delighted with the current health of the vines. The water shortage is not yet affecting the vines, but we will continue to monitor the situation carefully, especially if the drought continues. We can expect an early harvest this year. We are delighted to see a new confidence in our wines, especially Lanessan and Les Calèches de Lanessan, (our second wine) from merchants and clients alike. Our aim is to continue working to develop this priveged relationship with our customers.


Bordeaux News - 06/04/2011 at 10:14:03

Restaurant « Le Lion d’Or » The « Lion D’Or » was gradually transformed into a restaurant, but the concept remains the same : a simple daily menu based on fresh seasonal produce. This particular concept of the eatery located in the heart of the Médoc, has contributed to its success. What is more, customers can bring their own bottles to enjoy with their meal without having to pay corkage.....


Bordeaux News - 04/29/2011 at 01:12:47

Hervé LAVIALE & Griet LAVIALE – VAN MALDEREN Hervé Laviale, longtime journalist for the French radio station, RTL, and his Flemish wife, Griet Van Malderen-Laviale, purchased Château FRANC MAYNE in early 2005. Wine tourism and the Relais de FRANC MAYNE : a surviving tradition The Relais de Franc Mayne is a magical place, with its 360° view over the landscapes of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac and even Bordeaux. The châteaux guest rooms are an invitation to embark on a voyage of discovery – every one of them is its own separate universe: British Landscape, Indian Fusion, Campagne Française, Asian Mood, Pop Art Room, African Lodge, Black & White, Stella di Mare and Out of Africa. Two new bedrooms aptly located in the 16th century post house will be completed in early July. Another novelty will be a discovery walk through the underground quarries, where visitors will enjoy a sensory ‘Jules Verne’ style presentation of the importance of the ‘terroir’ of Saint-Emilion’s plateau, the art of stone-cutting and the great historical figures of Saint-Emilion. These ancient stone quarries already attract between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors every year. This limestone plateau is where the secrets and the heart of Saint-Emilion’s fine wines reveal themselves.


Bordeaux Wine News - 03/06/2011 at 01:56:58

China gets a foothold in Bordeaux's most prestigious vineyard.This is certainly a significant amount when in comparison, one of the leading French wine brands, JP Chenet (produced by « Grands Chais de France”), sells at around 90 million bottles. “If part of Chateau de Viaud’s production is going to be marketed in China under its own label, the rest will be sold under our flagship brand,” says Fei Wu, who is also in charge of importing other wines for COFCO (for a total of 8 million Euros per year), and who was delighted to have visited Châteaux Margaux, Latour and Lafite-Rothschild yesterday.French wines represent 50% of COFCO’s imports and Philippe Raoux’s Château d’Arsac will soon be one of them, since, in addition to the purchase of Chateau de Viaud, a more comprehensive agreement was signed between both parties.As a matter of fact, Philippe Raoux’s son just flew off to Beijing to work at COFCO for a year........


Bordeaux Echos - 03/06/2011 at 01:48:12

Robert Beynat was born on the 23rd March 1948 in Casablanca. 1956 marked the independence of Morocco and his return to France, to Angoulême. He got married in Bordeaux, where he acquired a doctorate in Economics and graduated from the Institute of Business Adminstration in Bordeaux. Robert Beynat began his career at the Société Saint Joseph in Gradignan in 1971, then joined the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1975. He is passionate about two things; bullfighting and wine. In the early eighties, the wine market was in crisis and the Chamber of Commerce was asked to help the industry. It was then that Robert Beynat met market operators from all over the world. An idea rapidly took root in his mind: the creation of an international meeting place for wine industry professionals. At the time there were numerous wine fairs for consumers but no purely professional event. Vinexpo The Vinexpo company was born in 1981. 76% of the company is owned by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce. The rest is shared between 44 firms involved in the wine industry. The early days were difficult ones, as it was a complicated task persuading those concerned to accept the idea of inviting all the wine industry players – even the competition – to Bordeaux. In 1981, the first year the Vinexpo trade fair was held, there were 524 exhibitors from 21 different countries and 11,000 visitors from 50 countries. Vinexpo will thus be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. During the previous fair in 2009, the organizers recorded 2,400 exhibitors from 48 different countries and 47,000 visitors from 135 different countries. We can appreciate how much progress has been made… Today Vinexpo has asserted itself as the largest professional fair in the world for operators in the Wine and Spirit industry. Since 1997, Vinexpo has been successfully complemented by Vinexpo Asia Pacific, which opened in Hong Kong in June 1998 and was held in Tokyo in 2000 and 2002. In 2002 and 2004, the US version, Vinexpo Americas took place in New York and Chicago respectively. Vinexpo 2011 Four months before the opening of the trade show, Vinexpo is accumulating reservation requests. Italy, France and Spain, which represent almost half of the world’s wine production, are once again very actively involved in the event this year. The major producing countries have also made exhibit space reservations to set up their national stands: Germany, Chile, The U.S., Austria, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, Brazil…In total, the fair will occupy a surface area of 90,000 square metres, including three exhibition halls, the Conference Centre and gardens, the Club du Lac, restaurants, conference and tasting rooms and all the services available to exhibitors and visitors. Tastings By Vinexpo - a novelty in 2011. All the tastings organized during the event will come under this heading. In addition to Halls 2 and 3, the Palais des Congrès (Conference Centre) will become a mecca for tastings and conferences in 2011. Details of one hundred or so events will be released in March. Vinexpo will take place in Bordeaux from Sunday 19th to Thursday 23rd June 2011...................... Robert Beynat CEO Vinexpo Photos Jean-Bernard Nadeau – Vidéo Agence Fleurie – English Version by Maxine Colas


CIVB iPhone App coming soon! - 08/26/2010 at 12:16:31

SUDOUEST EXCLUSIVE CIVB, the trade and marketing inter-professional wine board, is setting up a database of chateaux and brands. It will be available for consultation as from this Autumn both on the Internet and iPhone, then on all smartphones. The CIVB’s “smart” iPhone App. deals with the name or names of the chateaux, the grape varieties, the nature of the soil, the microclimate, the harvesting method (manual or mechanical) and ageing methods. It also features medals awarded and point scores obtained during competitions and in guides by critics such as Robert Parker. Then there is practical information about the best year for opening, food pairings, how to get to the chateau and finally, scientific details like, for example, the presence of albumin.........

Bordeaux and its wine in a 100% English language version - 08/18/2010 at 09:11:28

His project is based on this observation. He spent ten months working with the various tourist offices, the Bordeaux Wine Council, the Department’s Tourist Board and the wine châteaux. He also spent whole days visiting monuments, towns, searching out hotels, restaurants and the châteaux where the staff speak English.


Bordeaux News - 04/24/2010 at 04:13:40

WINE TOURISM : Internet has shrunk distances in the world. The Anglo-saxon ladies of wine communication are moving forward using the Web to attract the wine tourism clientele. It's called networking ; meaning the use of interconnection or social network to acquire and exchange professional contacts on a regular basis. Internet has turned the wine tourism galaxy into a big village equipped with attractive boutique window displays and a very powerful feminine circle of communication........... Des femmes du monde Internet a réduit les distances. Les Anglo-Saxonnes de la communication du vin avancent désormais en réseau pour séduire les clientèles...........................


Wine celebrated in style in HONGKONG.. - 11/15/2009 at 12:33:14

CHINA Based on the model of the "Fête du Vin" (wine festival) which is held in Bordeaux every two years, the first Hong Kong wine and gastronomy festival was a success, attracting 70,000 visitors. On Saturday, the front page of Hong Kong's major daily newspaper, the "South China Post", featured an advertisment promoting Pomerol wines put in by a merchant from Libourne. On another page was another ad to intice passionate local wealthies into investing in vineyards in NewZealand........


Headed for HONG KONG - 10/07/2009 at 08:05:11

Bordeaux : At the end of October, Bordeaux wines will be present at the Wine and Dine Festival in Hong Kong, a replica of the "Bordeaux Fête Le Vin" (Bordeaux celebrates wine) festival. PHOTO : (reproduction DR) : The Chinese festival will offer Bordeaux wines a showcase opening in the Asian market.


VIVE LA DIFFERENCE : - 09/20/2009 at 03:08:24

At the “Avant-Garde” wine store (1) in Margaux, Cathy and Wayne McCarthy have built up a cellar by tracking down the best ‘discovery’ wines produced by small vintners in the Bordeaux area....


EXPORTS COLLAPSE : - 09/01/2009 at 09:53:58

This news does not come as a surprise, but the figures are alarming. The Federation of French wine & spirits exporters (FEVS) has just published an activity report for the first semester of 2009.French exports, which totaled 3,3 billion euros, dropped by 24,6% compared to the same period in 2008.


CARBONNIEUX, WITH AN ACCENT FROM ORAN : - 08/26/2009 at 03:26:56

Château Carbonnieux is a great classfied growth of Pessac-Léognan and historically famous for its white wine. For the past fifty years, the property has been owned by a wine growing family who originally came to France from the Oran region in Algeria at the time of the Algerian independance.............



This technique, which is the result of three years of collaboration between viticultural specialists and satellite imagery technicians, shows clearly the hydric constraint -a key factor in the graperipening process...................


THE WINE CULTURE CENTER PROJECT - 08/03/2009 at 10:49:12

This cultural and touristic project is at last coming together. There are two possible locations for the centre in Bordeaux. The wine worldwill be investing 55 million euros in the project........


A PRINCE AT THE CHATEAU - 07/24/2009 at 08:07:04

At Château de Camarsac, they not only talk about wine, but also about the Black Prince and Duguesclin...................



Within this very international field of wine production, a new date in a far-off country awaits our region’s professionals. The fifth edition of Vinitech America Latina will be held in Santiago, Chile from the 9th - 11th of July. This event has been organised in partnership with the Bordeaux Congress and Trade Fair company (CEB), which manages the Vinitech salon held every other year in Bordeaux. Vinitech, the trade fair for the world’s most up-to-date technology for vine cultivation, wine production and marketing, is one of the most important dates in the wine business calendar.


ON A DRY DIET : AUSTRALIAN WINES - 06/29/2009 at 03:41:14

Vinexpo : After a period of economic expansion and conquest, this major vineyard of the Southern hemisphere is now having to cope with drought and overproduction.....


Wine Tours Bordeaux - 10/25/2008 at 05:35:27

Come with us and discover the joys of Bordeaux wine-making and Tasting! Maxine :


JOE TEBO - 08/16/2008 at 10:47:36

Maxine; Thanks for a great tour and I hope you enjoy the pictures. Joe Tebo