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What is like to be in the largest Wine Museum of the World?

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Wine lovers now have another place to visit this summer. We are talking about the City of Wine or Cité du Vin, located in Bordeaux, France, and occupies no less than 140,000 square feet, a really good and considerable surface to explore and learn about wine culture through the activities they offer.

One of the reason of its importance is that, besides being very big, is flooded with cultural aspects like arts, history and experiences all around wine.

Furthermore, it is an excellent place to live and embrace the wine culture. It hosts a huge wine cellar with over 14,000 bottles to enjoy the flavors and the development of in situ wine. To complement the experience, it has numerous bars and restaurants built in where you can know more of the manufacturers, taste wines and a lot more.

In order to create the best “wine environment” for visitors, the design of the building has been carefully designed to offer and emulate this initiative. It was constructed with a wavy form and has modern aluminum and etched glass panels that decorate it. The facade is illuminated with golden reflections in a truly stunning design. For its striking architecture it has been nicknamed the Guggenheim wine.

The entrance to the City of Wine costs about 20 euros and it includes access to all facilities where the DO from different countries are explained. It also includes tastings and other activities. In addition, there is intense cultural program with shows, concerts and debates about wine.

The newly opened wine museum is active, and right now the audience can enjoy the rebroadcast of the matches of Euro Cup which took place these days in France with wine tastings for the attendees. Being a really beautiful city which holds a very rich wine culture, is no coincidence that the museum is in Bordeaux.

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R de Ruinart

 

 

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Ruinart Brut Rosé

 

 

Why Bordeaux Primeurs aren’t appealing for collectors any longer?

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The sale of wine “en primeur” is something that first class wineries have done in Bordeaux, as well as in Rhone, Burgundy and Port, among others, as a way of funding themselves and provide the consumer with quality wine at attractive prices.

This practice, which also has spread to other wine regions in recent years, consists of selling a vintage while still in barrel, offering to the customers an investment prior to bottling, being made the payment even a year and a half before the official sale.

Thus, they generate a futures exchange market similar to the stock exchange, since wines offered this way are, in theory, likely to rise their prices, as happens with other products or financial securities.

However, this practice, according to an interview to the critic Robert Parker with the specialized website The Drinks Business, is in decline, at least as regards the Bordeaux region, and this, according to the famous wine guru, “because Bordeaux has destroyed its futures market by overvaluing poor vintages”.

Parker has just announced his decision to stop scoring Bordeaux wines “en primeur” and justifies this decision also ensuring that the region should take responsibility for its wrong price policy, which has caused this way of buying wine to be no longer competitive and interesting for consumers.

When the marketing of wines “en primeur” started, the Bordeaux wineries offered prices that justified the fact of receiving the wines a year or two later, but after a few years, says Parker, “then they started raising the prices, so you’d just paying about the same or even more in some cases, as when the bottled wines came out”.

Thus, Parker says that “Bordeaux has destroyed its own ‘en primeur’ wine market; has lost market share in consumer and in restaurants, and the interest in buying Bordeaux this would only be revived if prices dropped by 20-30%”.

 

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Château Gloria 2009 is a red wine from Saint-Julien made with gloria of 2009. 

 

 

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Château Rauzan-Ségla 2003 is a red wine from Margaux based on the top of cabernet Franc and petit Verdot from 2003 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 12.00º.

 

Saint – Emillion wines new classification

 TAGS:The classification system of Saint – Emilion wines has the characteristic of being subject to revision. In fact, this statement is not just a simple line that thickens some kind of agreement from decades ago but a reality that has been implemented, approximately every ten years, and which has its consequences. However, after the 2006 revision there were only 5 years until the new one which took place in 2011, when it was decided to review all the classification again.

The 2012 classification regulation was approved in June last year and it took into account no more and no less than eighty-two different wine properties. This comprehensive review resulted in almost a year of work against the clock (i.e. ten months uninterrupted).

This constant effort to find the overall quality and the high level of demand reveals the level of perfection pursued. In fact, in other sub-regions in Bordeaux this constant evaluation does not exist. Specifically the overall classification of this region remains almost unchanged since the nineteenth century, oddly enough, when it was requested by Emperor Napoleon III for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1855.

The point is that nor everybody is always happy with this kind of decisions and so after the changes some voices have been raised. Many wines have emerged strengthened, others got benefit from the new classification but of course, some have been demoted and losing positions, prestige … perhaps customers?

In total 18 Premier Grand Cru Classé and 64 Grand Cru Classé are tangible proof of the modernity and dynamism of Saint Emilion wines that stand out from others in the pursuit of excellence.

The result is consistent quality that is seen not only in their best wines, those which occupy the top spots, but also in all those which each year strive to achieve the top of the ranking and work for it with a special pampering in the way they take care of the soils, in their choice of grapes, in short, all that precious process that runs until wine is made.

I encourage those who have never bought a wine from this region to do so and, for that matter, to accompany their shopping cart with some other French wine, in order to review the new classification of Saint Emilion wine while comparing them to the ones from other French regions with a glass of wine in hand, which is the best way to start a conversation like this.

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Château Mondorion 2004

 

 

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Château Cheval Blanc 2003

Pauillac, luxury in the Gironde left side

 TAGS:Water plays a decisive role on the development of Médoc grapes and their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and their location, near the Gironde, set features and is probably the cause of that French wines from this region are the inspiration for all other wines of this country and some abroad. It is no coincidence that the region of Pauillac is precisely here.

It does not seem coincidental either that Pauillac is among the most prestigious wine regions around Bordeaux, just as Margaux, Saint Estèphe and Saint Julien are.

It must be something that all of them are also placed in a continuous line attached to the Gironde from North to South. It is easy to see that this small area of France gets the best of its climate and a positive influence of its privileged location, so close to freshwater and saltwater at the same time. That?s an interesting mix that gives very good results as we can see.

However, the main secret of the success of Pauillac is its soil hiding the gravel and clay under a layer of limestone and sand. It helps speed up the removal of excess water, both from rain and irrigation so that at no time the amount the stocks receive will be too much.

In these lands we can find Cabernet Franc, Merlot and especially, a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon which is the grape for excellence in the area. And they really know how to get its full potential in these terroirs. The excellent properties of Cabernet Sauvignon wines made in Pauillac make them a really good choice when it comes to improve with aging, a good reason for choosing this region among others in Bordeaux.

Although this wine region is divided in two by the existence of a small stream running through it, its production is one of the most homogeneous in terms of quality and features. That is another important point in favor of wine from Pauillac, especially when you consider that the lack of uniformity is one of the main drawbacks of French wines in general.

Of all the wine regions of France, Pauillac is one of my favorites because even though its wines have a clear character in Bordeaux which is noticeable, I find them a little more vibrant and woody than others, and those are some of the things that I look for when buying a good red wine.

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Velvety, fruity and with well rounded tannins, a great wine from 2008.

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One of the classiscs from Pauillac that keeps a good price

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux wonders

Pessac Léognan wines

Pessac-Léognan wine is part of an appellation of origin is located inside the wines of Graves a wine region which is located in Bordeaux (France). This appellation is known both for its red wines and for its white wines.

Despite the tradition of winemaking, the designation was created in September 1987 as a sub-region of the southern part of Graves, which is located in Bordeaux. The purpose of its creation was to recognize its most representative producers, which are concentrated in the towns of Pessac, Talence and Léognan.

“The annual production of Pessac-Leognan wine, overlooks the 9million bottles (80% red and 20% white), which an approximately75% are exported.”

Among the red wines of Pessac-Leognan, highlight those made with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the case of white wines the Sémillon strain is the leading one.

The appellation of Pessac-Léognan spans 10 communities: Cadaujac, Canéjan, Gradignan, Léognan, Martillac, Mérignac, Pessac, Saint-Médard-d’Eyrans, Talence and Villenave d’Ornon.

Among the major wineries producing the wines Pessac-Léognan, we find:

  • Château Bouscaut – Ranked among the top vintages of red wine in this appellation. They are located in the commune of Cadaujac.
  • Château Carbonnieux – One of the first wine yards included in the Classification of Graves wine. Both notable for its white wines and red wines.
  • Château Haut-Bailly – Ranked among the top vintages of red wine in the Classification of Graves wine. The Winery is located in the commune of Léognan (south of Bordeaux).
  • Château Haut-Brion – The Winery is located in the Pessac community, and is the only property that does not belong to the Médoc. Was included in the classification in 1985.
  • Château Olivier – The Winery is – of the community of Léognan in addition to producing its distinctive wine, it also produces a second wine called: The Seigneurie d’Olivier du Chateau Olivier.
  • Château Pape Clément – One of the oldest in that denomination regarding to Pessac Leognan (year 1300). Named by Pope Clement V.
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte – Designation found in the community of Martillac, famous for its cabernet sauvignon.

These are just some of the great wineries in the DO. At thisdesignation we also find: Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Château La Tour Haut-Brion, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Laville Haut-Brion, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Château de Fieuzal, Couhins Château, Château Couhins -Lurton, Château Château Malartic Lagravière and Les Carmes Haut-Brion, among others.

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Today we recommend the cheaper wines from Pessac-Léognan, because they have more than enough quality, and because there is no need to spend much to start to discover them.

Buy Les Demoiselles de Larrivet Haut Brion Rouge 2007 14,30

 

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Château Olivier is one of the wineries that produce better whites. Fantastic.

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Margaux wine, extreme luxury

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Margaux wine shows elegance, nobility and luxury for the senses. It is recognized worldwide for the artisan spirit that has become one of the most peculiar and extremely high price. But Who does not like being spoiled from time to time?

Well, this time will be a good one, high quality, a red one that will take us to new worlds. These wines are designed especially for lovers and purest connoisseurs of wine.

To connoisseurs, those who carry out a high society celebration… since Margaux wine always guarantee success, closely linked to the aristocracy. We offer you some examples, temptations perhaps available to very few and if you have the opportunity to taste them, you will know the glory.

Château Margaux 2005 is pure nobility. It has a high personality, with fine and fragant touches, and great sensitivity on the palate, something that characterized many of the wines from Bordeaux in France. It is a gorgeous red wine that smells and tastes like raspberry, licorice and toasted. Ideal for large banquets luscious meat.

Château Brane-Cantenac 2006 is a special surprise a red wine who was made in a perfect vintage, thanks to the climate, needed for their production. It is delicate and offers a sublime blend of tradition and modernity. This may be noticed in its aroma, intense, elegant and in a flavor that brings together all the perfect conditions of a perfect wine.

Château Giscours 2005. Extremely powerful! It is one of the most expensive and sublime in the world, with body and elegance. Intense ruby color and a delicate fruity flavour that reminds us to the barrels where it has been resting Drinking it is one of the greatest pleasures in this life.

Have you ever have the great luxury of tasting a Margaux wine? How was that experience? Do you have a favourite or a special one?

A New Way to Ship Wine

https://www.uvinum.co.uk/blog/assets/uploads/sites/3/2010/07/679881-267919.jpgAs a testament to the chateau’s commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, 20,000 bottles of Smith Haut Lafitte are due to begin their journey from Bordeaux to Montreal on July 21 not by the usual container ship, but by a 106 year old British sailing ship called Bessie Ellen. Bessie Ellen will take the bottles on a slower and more expensive path than usual, but the owner and shipping company cite several benefits to this alternate method. Owner Daniel Cathiard believes that winery clients will appreciate the reduced environmental impact, and the shipping company, CTMV, claims that in a blind tasting wines that crossed the ocean by sailing ship showed better than those that went by container due to a perceived one year increase in age.

https://www.uvinum.co.uk/blog/assets/uploads/sites/3/2010/07/679881-267921.jpgThough CTMV plans to make this a regular route, it is not yet clear how many other wineries will jump on board. However, if the increase in cost becomes a factor, the chateau could always consider selling spots on the ship to connoisseurs interested in “monitoring” the progress of the wine during the trip.

French wine to become the Coke of the wine world?

France has been slipping for a while from it’s lofty seat at the top of the wine world  due to increased competition across the globe but also internal problems such as inconsistent quality standards, lack of government support, and the recent move among younger generations away from wine to beer and spirits. Yet the country’s wine reputation still stems from having some of the world’s top vineyards and producers. When you mention France many consumers continue to  conjure up images of first growth Bordeaux, rare Burgundies, and grand Champagne houses. But even this illustrious reputation is now being threatened it seems, for as The Independent recently reported, a senior French wine official has declared that French wine will become “like Coca Cola”.

Wine Coca ColaIt is a disturbing thought, but some believe it’s France’s best option to compete, saying the top and upper middle tiered producers can remain unchanged but the lower tiers will benefit from being consolidated to create more uniform wines of dependable quality that will challenge Australian and other New World wines on the cheap and cheerful shelves of your supermarket. 

Is this a win for value seeking consumers disappointed by uneven quality or a tragic loss for the beloved and very French idea of terroir