Bordeaux wine trip

Free travel apps for Bordeaux wine fans

03/07/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

Bordeaux Wine Trip is a new free app for smartphones and tablets with travel information for the Bordeaux wine region in France. The app is available in English, French and Chinese. With the help of  geolocalization or by choosing a specific theme (wine bars, castles, wine initiations, …) this app helps the visitor to better orient themselves in Bordeaux. The component > Read more …

Ch. Latour

Chateau Latour sells only bottled wines form 2012 onwards

16/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 1

Chateau Latour, the famous first growth, told wine merchants today in Bordeaux that 2011 will be the last vintage it sells as futures, or en primeur. Only bottled wines will be sold from the winery, and vintages will be released when the chateau believes they are ready to drink. Read more on James Suckling’s blog.

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2009 Château Fleur Cardinale

23/03/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

2009 Château Fleur Cardinale – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (3/9/2012) Bordeaux made in Chateauneuf or Napa Valley? Well, it’s mostly Merlot, so more Napa than CDP… It is well balanced, but has 15% alcohol (at least) and could’ve been made almost anywhere. It is tasty, the tannins are sweet, everything is in balance, it is very fruit-driven, > Read more …

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Belgium third largest market for Bordeaux

11/10/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Belgium is the third largest importer of Bordeaux wines in the world by volume, after China and Germany. According to figures from the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) Belgium imported two percent more Bordeaux from July 2010 to July 2011, compared with the same period last year. Calculated by value​​, Belgium is the fifth largest market for Bordeaux > Read more …

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Chinese artist designs 2008 Mouton Rothschild label

30/11/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The label of Château Mouton Rothschild 2008 has been designed by Chinese artist Xu Lei. Since 1945, Mouton Rothschild each year selects another artist to design its label. It is only the second time that a Chinese artist has been chosen. The label of Mouton Rothschild 1996 was designed by the Chinese calligrapher Gu Gan. Xu Lei has drawn a > Read more …

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Bordeaux-prices go through the roof

22/06/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

It seems that we can write this article every year during the “en primeur” campaign in Bordeaux. But 2009 “en primeur” prices for Bordeaux wines really are stratospherically high. Editor Michael Carpentier summarized it thus in a recent e-mail: Montrose 2009 costs as much as Mission or Mouton 2008 La Lagune 2009 = Clinet 2008 Haut Bailly 2009 = Las > Read more …

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2007 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

11/06/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (6/2/2010) Excellent balance, depth and persistence. Recognizable SHL style, and clearly from a great year. Drinking quite well now. I would drink this on the younger side, to enjoy the delicious fruit fully. (93 pts.)

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DIY winery Crushpad opens Bordeaux facility

22/04/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The California D-I-Y winery Crushpad takes its concept to Bordeaux. In 2004, Crushpad started in San Francisco with a fully equipped winery where wine hobbyists and starting winemakers could make their own wines. Those interested can choose how far they are involved in making their own wine. They can pick the grapes themselves, be involved in pressing the wines, etc., > Read more …