Julien Blanchard is young but already a very accomplished winemaker and we will no doubt hear more about him in the future, if I am not entirely mistaken. His wines are very well made, with both complexity and balance. He owns 60 ha and half of his production is white (overall, they make quite a […]
A small co-operative with some 1000 hectares. They have invested heavily in quality development in recent years and now work closely together with the individual growers. Stephan Clement, the winemaker, comes from Champagne and finds it quite natural that things work very differently here. He has introduced pigeage in 18 of the fermentation tanks. this […]
Côtes de Duras Côtes de Duras is today perhaps a not very well know district, located only 45 km from Saint Emilion, but that may well change. There are many similarities with St Emilion, both regarding the grape varieties used and the wine styles. What is very different, though, are the prices. Here you will […]
David Fourtout is the winemaker and owner of this excellent winery in Bergerac, a little bit east of Bordeaux. In the recently built winery building he has installed specially designed fermentation tanks to achieve the characters he wants. One floor down, underground, he has the barrel cellar that where you can get a close look […]
A small wine property, as is common in Saint Emilion, of only 6 hectares of vines, but one that is moving upwards on the wine quality scale. It is situated strategically between two more famous wine estates: the Chateau Cheval Blanc and the Chateau La Conseillante (Pomerol). Excellent wines.
Laurent de Bosredon took over this family property in the mid-80s. He had, and has, one target in mind: to raise the quality of, and the consumer interest for, the two appellations Bergerac and Monbazillac. He started practicing the methods developed by the oenologist Denis Dubordieu, researcher in Bordeaux. For example, a few hours skin […]
Luc de Conti of Domaine Tour des Gendres is a well known character in Bergerac. He has been a precursor and a source for inspiration for many producers in the Sud-Ouest region. He has researched e.g. how the deposit may influence the character of the wine and he was a pioneer in using micro-oxygenation (micro-oxidation, […]