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The castle ruin in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Stony soil and lots of sun = rare Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc | Britt on Forbes

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s most exclusive appellations. It covers only 3200 hectares (less than e.g. Chablis in Burgundy). It is famous for its rich and powerful red wines. Only 7% of the production is white, so the white Chateauneufs can almost be considered a rarity. but if they are hard to find it is […]

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At the wine trade fair

Montpellier has, again, two large wine fairs: Millésime Bio and Vinisud

The move to Marseille was short-lived. For the 2018 edition Millésime Bio returns to Montpellier. The dates for  Millésime Bio will be January 29 to 31. There will be no cooperation with the other major Montpellier wine fair, Vinisud, something that Vinisud seems to have wanted but not Millésime Bio. Vinisud 2018 will take place […]

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Champagne, vinet och odlarna, omslag

Launch of our new book: Champagne, the wine and the growers

On March 22 we launched our new Champagne book, “Champagne, vinet och odlarna”. This is Swedish (the book is written in Swedish) and means “Champagne, the wine and the growers”. The launch took place at a book store called Akademibokhandeln at Mäster Samuelsgatan in Stockholm. Big thanks to Akademibokhandeln for all the help to organise […]

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The La Chablisienne co-operative winery

Chablis 2016, a challenging vintage. Wines from La Chablisienne

For many winemakers in Chablis the vintage 2016 will be remembered as the worst year in terms of harvest since the 1950s. That said, was it a bad vintage? On the contrary, it may eventually be positive for many. However, it could turn out challenging for us consumers. BKWine Magazine’s Wilhelm Arnör explains why. In […]

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La Cendrillon Nuance

Nuance 2015, La Cendrillon, Vin de France | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A delicious white wine with excellent freshness. Full-bodied, some “fat” and with a lot of fresh fruit. The grape blend is unusual: petit manseng, albariño, verdejo, grenache blanc and grenache gris. And these unusual grapes are of course the reason why this wine is a Vin de France. Domaine de la Cendrillon (cendrillon = Cinderella) […]

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Chateau Chalon les Parelles

Big wines in small Jura!

Jura is the smallest wine region in France. Although the region is small, there is plenty to choose from. The region’s wines are of high quality and there are many different wines to discover. BKWine Magazine’s Henrik Stadler was in place at a Master Class of Jura in Stockholm. Jura is the smallest wine region […]

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CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) headquarters in Bordeaux

The latest on the Bordeaux business, CIVB press conference

Every year in spring time the “interprofessional body” of Bordeaux presents the status of Bordeaux wine and its vision for the future. The CIVB, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux wine Bureau), is an organisation that has the responsibility to promote Bordeaux wine, and to act as a technical and political organisation for Bordeaux […]

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Champagne, vinet och odlarna, omslag

The launch of a new, different and unique book about Champagne

The new book on champagne, the wine, and Champagne, the region, has now been launched! It’s called “Champagne, the wine and the growers“. It’s our ninth wine book. It’s a different book about Champagne, in some ways quite unique. “Champagne, the wine and the growers” is a book that gives the reader an unparalleled insight […]

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What is new in Alsace? 24 producers and a blind tasting

Twenty-four producers in Alsace presented their new vintages in Stockholm. BKWine Magazine’s Carl-Erik Kanne reports. Once a year in Sweden the communication firm Sopexa organizes a tasting of wines from Alsace. This year, it was held at the Opera Terrace where 24 producers were present with their new vintages. There was also a Master Class […]

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The Corton hill in Burgundy with its vineyards

Mysterious buyer of the Corton forest upsets growers

The Corton hill is Burgundy’s biggest grand cru vineyard. On the slopes of the hill just north of Beaune pinot noir and chardonnay are grown side by side. On top of the hill there is 66 hectares of forest. Rumours have it that this forest is about to change owners. The wine producers are upset, […]

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Flowers in the vineyards in Limoux

Limoux, a different part of the Languedoc

When you think of Languedoc you probably think warm, sunny days and rich full-bodied wines made from grapes like grenache and carignan. But the reality is more varied than that. In the 1970s the growers started to plant the Chenin Blanc in Limoux, in the south-western part of the Languedoc. The idea was that chenin […]

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Chateau Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2015, and a few older wines, presented by Winefinder

One of last year’s most interesting tastings was organized by the Danish on line wine shop WineFinder in collaboration with the Swede Fredrik Rudebeck, owner of the oldest négociant firm, Maison Beyerman, which dates back to 1620! Fifty Bordeaux chateaux were present. From the late 1960s, almost all of the chateaux take care of their […]

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

A few notes on Domaine Alexandre in Chablis

We recently had the opportunity to taste the range of wines from Domaine Alexandre in Chablis (they have just been launched by one of the Swedish internet wine merchants), and we quite liked them. The property is in the small village of La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne just north of Chablis itself. It is Olivier Alexandre and his […]

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Country road and vineyards in Languedoc

Andreas Larsson raises confidence in Languedoc

There is a shortage of cheap French wine, which means that some supermarket chains in France are importing Spanish table wine. This has led to criminal actions by some militant winemakers in the Languedoc. But it has also led to more serious measures. The producers’ association in Languedoc, the CIVL, has decided to raise the […]

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Chateau Thieuley, Entre-deux-Mers, Bordeaux

Cru Artisan: small chateaux in Médoc

Cru artisan in the Médoc has made a comeback. This year, a new regulatory framework will be published. The cru artisan classification existed in the Médoc already in the 1800s. At the time it was small estates where the owner himself was the winemaker. In order to support the family he often also had another […]

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Domaine du Moulin, Gaillac Cuvée Speciale 2015 – now with malolactic fermentation

In November we tasted new wines from Domaine du Moulin in Gaillac. It was a barrel sample taken before the malolactic fermentation (read our comments here). We have now tasted the same wine, still a barrel sample, but with the malolactic fermentation in barrel completed. Was there a difference? Absolutely. The acidity was still quite […]

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The competitors at the prize ceremony with the French ambassador

Combining wine and food, starting from the wine. Is it possible? A Rhône experiment

When combining food and wine the starting point is most of the times the food. In this case, a cooking competition arranged around Rhône wines, the situation was the contrary. The wine was chosen first and then four young Swedish chefs prepared a dish they thought would fit. BKWine Magzine’s reporter Henrik Stadler reports. Four […]

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Chambolle-Musigny vineyards in Burgundy

More exclusive Burgundies from Comte Georges de Vogüé, with an odd white

Comte Georges de Vogüé is a very renowned Burgundy producer in the village of Chambolle-Musigny with 12.5 ha of vineyards, of which 9.9 ha is located in the grand cru vineyards Musigny and Bonnes-Mares. With 7.2 hectares de Vogüé is by far the largest vineyard owner in Musigny, the AOP that usually give rise to […]

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Tasting glasses at Vinisud

Vinisud 2017

Vinisud, the big wine fair with Mediterranean profile, will open its doors on 29th of January 2017. Since its debut in 1994 the fair has been held every second year in Montpellier. Now, however, it is becoming an annual event. Around 1000 wine producers will be present in 2017. These come mainly from the southern […]

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The view over the river and vineyards from Quinta do Tedo in the Douro Valley

The autumn / fall wine tours 2017 – dates and destinations

In a week or two we will have the full wine tour programs ready. We will publish them as soon as we can on the wine travel site. But we can already give you the destinations and the dates: Bordeaux, September 27 – October 1 The Douro Valley, Portugal, October 18-22 Piedmont, wine & truffles […]

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Our new book series “Guide to the World of Wine” wins first prize in Gastronomic Academy Book Awards, “of international class”

We are very happy and proud to have received first prize in the Swedish Gastronomic Academy Book Awards. Many thanks to the jury and to the publisher. And above all, thank you to you who reads the book! Gastronomic Academy Book Awards is the annual event for all food and beverage books published during the […]

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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

Luxury organic, Chateau Latour converts | Britt on Forbes

Bordeaux is perhaps the most traditional and aristocratic of all wine regions. But it is not immune to trends and to concerns about the environment. The latest big-name chateau to convert to organic wine growing and wine making is Château Latour, one of the premier grand cru classes of 1855 (yes, it IS a long […]

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Cuvee L'Etonnan Monsieur Victor, Champagne Pierre Peters

Pierre Péters’ champagnes, with several new releases

Pierre Peters is one of the leading small growers in Champagne and can be found in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the grand cru villages of the Côte des Blancs. In this village the grape variety Chardonnay rules almost alone, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is one of the best villages of blanc de blancs Champagnes. Pierre Péters […]

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Domaine du Moulin nouvelle cuvee (echantillon de fut)

Red wine without malo from Gaillac – a challenging taste

We tasted an unusual wine the other day. It came from the Domaine du Moulin in Gaillac, it was from 2015 and it was a completely new cuvee, still ageing in oak barrels. (A very interesting producer by the way.) The grapes were 60 % Tannat, 30% Syrah and 10% of the local grape Braucol. […]

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Happy wine growers in the southern Rhone Valley: 2016 will be excellent

The harvest is in full swing, at the time of writing, in the southern Rhone Valley – it will be over by the time you read this – and the growers are very happy. “I have rarely seen so fine and healthy grapes,” says Bernard Duseigneur at Domaine Duseigneur, a domain with vineyards on both […]

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Grapes just in from harvest at Quinta do Noval, Douro

Top wines from Axa Millesimes in France, Portugal, Hungary | Britt on Forbes

It takes a lot of capital to assemble a collection of several world leading properties in just a few decades. Insurance companies have a lot of capital but usually they do not invest in wine. An insurer who has done that is AXA Millesimes in France. In just three decades they have acquired a handful […]

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Pic Saint Loup is now a proper appellation

Pic Saint Loup Languedoc obtained its own appellation, AOP Pic Saint Loup, on the 7th of September. Not a day too early, according to many people. Pic Saint Loup, located about 20 kilometres north of Montpellier, was until now a sub-district of AOP Languedoc. For a long time it has been a dynamic district with […]

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Setback for blue wine

We must admit that when a blue wine was launched a few months ago we did not think it deserved a mention in the BKWine Brief. It felt too bizarre and somehow so unnecessary. However, now we can tell you about the latest adventure of the blue wine in France. It was recently launched at […]

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Chateau de Gaudou, Cahors

Chateau de Gaudou 2012 Renaissance, Cahors | Britt’s Wine of the Month 2

The winemaker Fabrice Durou took over the family estate in 2000. The family’s Cahors wines were then known as powerful wines for laying in you cellar. Wines that you should rather not touch the first years of their life. But Fabrice realized that today’s consumers do not want to wait 10-15 years for their wines. […]

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Palmer Champagne, magnums

A study in elegance: Palmer Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2011 back to 1985

On May 30 the champagne house Palmer & Co. (and Oenoforos) launched Palmer Blanc de Blancs 2011. This was done in conjunction with a vernissage and tasting, which they called “The Art of Elegance”. They had invited a number of artists to make a small art installation around their Blanc de Blancs 2011, which was […]

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