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Saint-Julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, this is what the wines of Saint-Julien are: interesting and different, unique pieces that proves us that no part of the preparation process has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning, and, as with art, not always well understood. It is sometimes misinterpreted, but it often drives crazy with its greatness.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint-Julien to focus on practical data:  this region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, 900 hectares spread over 26 vineyards, which produce more than 6 million bottles a year.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable; although Saint-Julien always comes out unscathed … you don?t gather so many ?Grand Crus? per square kilometer for nothing…

The first notes of its fragrance give us information about its origins, Bordeaux. It has elegance and gradually overwhelms us. The wine is not exactly smooth, has character and is therefore perfect with hearty dishes like beef stew or roast, Spanish food specialties, like many of its ?tapas?.

I have not ever tried with fish, but I plan to investigate whether this combines with cod and halibut. Above all, I love to think how good can be a glass of Sant Julien accompanying a plate of Riojano Cod (peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, a speck of spice and of course, generous Olive oil). Occasionally you must treat yourself well.

In the region of Saint-Julien grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are common. We can also find Saint-Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot, it would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but which is nevertheless a good choice and proof that French wine is not as squared as it looks.

I recommend Château Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages in the region. A little cheaper, but also delicious, Connetable de talbot 2006 or Les fiefs de lagrange 2008.

Any other recommendations? Of course. In Saint-Julien there is so many wines for you to choose:

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Château Talbot 2006



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Château Gloria 2005

Saint-julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, so are the wines of Saint-Julien: interesting and different, unique pieces which show while getting uncorked that there is no part of their elaboration process that has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning and, like art, it is not always fully understood, in fact it is sometimes misunderstood, but some others it can make crazy to whoever taste it for the first time.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint Julien for a while to focus on more practical and worldlier data. This region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, comprising 900 hectares which are distributed in twenty-six vineyards. Those vines produce more than six million bottles a year. That is something.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, the comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable, but Saint-Julien always succeeds … the very large number of Grand Crus per square kilometer in this area is not a coincidence.

We discover where in France it comes from upon the first notes of its fragrance arrival. It is a Bordeaux. It shows its gradual elegance while its warmth overwhelms us. However, it is not a very smooth wine, it has character and that is the reason why it is perfect with strong dishes like stewed or roasted meat, game and Spanish food specialties, like most of their tapas.

I have not ever tasted it with fish yet, although I have planned to investigate how good could it combine with cod and halibut. Above all, it makes my mouth water to think how perfect will be a glass of Saint Julien to accompany a plate of cod Rioja style (peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, a pinch of spicy and, of course, generous olive oil). You have to take great pleasure in pairing.

The most common grape varieties in Saint Julien French region are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although it is the latter the one that gives these wines that quality of its superb aging. That?s another reason to invest in at least one bottle for our own private cellar. Hell yeah!

We can also find Saint Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes. It would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but nevertheless it is a good option which proves that French wine is not as rigid as it looks like sometimes.

I recommend Chateau Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages of the region. A bit cheaper, but also delicious, we find Connétable de Talbot 2006 or Les Fiefs of Lagrange 2008.

Any other? Of course, you can have whatever you want in Pauillac:

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A classic cellar with modern wines



 TAGS:Château Lalande-Borie 2006Château Lalande-Borie 2006

Château Lalande-Borie, another of the “musts” from Pauillac

Synonyms for grape names (Part II)


Uva perruna (doggy Grape), Pardillo, Negrera (slavers), Botón de gallo (rooster?s button ?yes, it’s what you have just read, it is the translation of those names. Local names for famous grapes… Do you want to know which ones are they?

Wine is universal, made worldwide, and elaborated most of the time with the local grapes, harvested in the place of manufacture.

These grapes despite having a distant origin have some “nicknames” in each and every different place. Let?s know some synonyms for grape names.

  • Merlot – This grape of French origin whose name derives from the diminutive of blackbird (this bird’s plumage has the color of the strain) is also known in France as Semillon rouge, and Merleau Bigney.
  • Cabernet Franc ? Bordeaux grape also known as: Aceria, Acheria, Arrouya, Bordo, Bouchy (Gascony), Burdeas Rouge, Cabernet, Cabernet Aunis, Cabernet Franco, Capbreton Rouge, Cabernet Gris, Carmenet (Médoc), Fer Servandou, Gamput, Grosse Vidure, Hartling, Kaberne Fran, Messanges Rouge, Morenoa, Noir Dur, Petit Fer, Petit Viodure, Petite Vidure, Petite Vignedure, Plant Des Sables, Trouchet Noir, Véron, Véron Bouchy, Véronais, Gros Bouchet, Bouchet, Bretón, Capbretón, Plant Bretón and Verón.
  • Malbec – Another famous French grape grown over the world, also known as: Auxerrois, Cot, Malbeck, Pressac, Agreste, Auxerrois De Laquenexy, Auxerrois Des Moines De Picpus, Auxerrois Du Mans, Balouzat, Beran, Blanc De Kienzheim, Cahors, Calarin, Cauli, Costa Rosa, Cot A Queue Verte, Cotes Rouges, Doux Noir, Estrangey, Gourdaux, Grelot De Tours, Grifforin, Guillan, Hourcat, Jacobain, Luckens, Magret, Malbek, Medoc Noir, Mouranne, Navarien, Negre De Prechac, Negrera, Noir De Chartres, Noir De Pressac, Noir Doux, Nyar De Presak, Parde, Périgord, Pied De Perdrix, Pied Noir, Pied Rouge, Pied Rouget, Piperdy, Plant D’Arles, Plant De Meraou, Plant Du Roi, Prechat, Pressac, Prunieral, Quercy, Queue Rouge, Quille De Coy, Romieu, Teinturin, Terranis and Vesparo.
  • Sauvignon Blanc ? Another famous grape from Bordeaux, also with a large number of synonyms, as large as its fame: Beyaz Sauvignon, Blanc Doux, Blanc Fume, Bordeaux Bianco, Douce Blanche, Feher Sauvignon, Feigentraube, Fie, Fie dans le Neuvillois, Fume, Fume Blanc, Fume Surin, Genetin, Gennetin, Gentin a Romorantin, Gros Sauvignon, Libournais, Melkii Sotern, Muskat Silvaner, Muskat Sylvaner, Muskatani Silvanec, Muskatni Silvanec, Muskatsilvaner, Painechon, Pellegrina, Petit Sauvignon, Picabon, Piccabon, Pinot Mestny Bely, Pissotta, Puinechou, Punechon, Punechou, Quinechon, Rouchelin, Sampelgrina, Sarvonien, Sauternes, Sauvignon, Sauvignon Bianco, Sauvignon Bijeli, Sauvignon Blanco, Sauvignon Fume, Sauvignon Gros, Sauvignon Jaune, Sauvignon Jeune, Sauvignon Petit, Sauvignon Vert, Sauvignon White, Savagnin, Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Musque, Savagnou, Savignon, Servanien, Servonien, Servoyen, Souternes, Sovinak, Sovinjon, Sovinjon Beli, Sovinon, Spergolina, Surin, Sylvaner Musque, Uva Pelegrina, Weisser Sauvignon, and Zöld Ortlibi.
  • Semillon – One of the finest white grapes of French origin also known as Muscat Semillon and Colombia. In South Africa is also called Green grape.
  • Verdejo – A grape originally from Spain, is also called: – Botón de gallo blanco (white rooster?s button), Gouveio, Verdeja, Verdeja Blanca, Verdejo Blanco, Verdelho and Verdell.
  • Albillo ? Spanish strain known by the synonyms of: Albilla, Albillo de Cebreros, Albillo de Madrid, Albillo de Toro, Albillo Castellano, Blanco del País, Castellano, Gual, Hoja Vuelta, Nieves Temprano, Pardillo, Pardina and Uva Perruna.

Do you know any wine in which it appears any of these synonyms? Today we recommend 2:

 TAGS:Nadir Blanco 2010Nadir Blanco 2010

This spanish cellar is well known for their red and rosé wines. Well, Pago de las Encomiendas also has a very special white wine, made with Cayetana, Uva perruna and Cigüente.

Buy Nadir Blanco 2010 6,68?



 TAGS:Dehesa de los Canónigos Reserva Solideo 2004Dehesa de los Canónigos Reserva Solideo 2004

Dehesa de los Canónigos is one of the most famous wineries in Ribera Del Duero. It is made from a mixture in which ? appears a 3% of albillo grape ? providing with aromas and smoothness to this great wine.

 TAGS:Buy Dehesa de los Canónigos Reserva Solideo 2004 37,89?