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Glass of Chateau Potensac, Medoc, Bordeaux, Cru Bourgeois

Cru Bourgeois will be reintroduced in Médoc

The designation Cru Bourgeois for chateaux has existed in Médoc for many years. Various attempts to rank them, roughly in the style of the 1855 classification, have been made since the 1930s. More or less successful. It was previously a (semi-official) classification but is currently a private label. But from 2020, a serious attempt will […]

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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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New classification of Rioja wines?

The style of a Rioja wine is determined by whether it is a crianza, a reserva or gran reserva. And the different levels are determined by how long the wine has been aged by the producer, in oak barrels and in bottle. For consumers, this is a way to identify different Rioja wines. But many […]

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Tasting Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Classic Bordeaux, an introduction to the Medoc

What do you most associate with Bordeaux, if not the grape cabernet sauvignon and the chateaux of the Médoc? Cabernet Sauvignon Among red grapes there is hardly any grape that is so well-known as cabernet sauvignon. Every single wine country all over the world with some self-esteem has some cabernet sauvignon vineyards. Its style and […]

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Cru Bourgeois in Médoc in new clothes. And now 5-yearly?

The Cru Bourgeois classification in Médoc has a stormy past. It was first created in the 1930s and disappeared shortly after the 2003 update of the classification was cancelled. The reason for cancelling the reviewed listing was dissatisfaction protests from some chateaux that were not included. This update listed 247 chateaux. Cru Bourgeois resurfaced a […]

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New grand cru vineyards in Burgundy?

Will the Côte d’Or in Burgundy have a few more Grand Cru vineyards in a few years? Some people hope so while others are less enthusiastic. Applications from three premier cru vineyards in Pommard have been submitted to the INAO, the Institut National de l’ Origine et de la Qualité. They are Pommard Les Rugiens, […]

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Gamay grapes just harvested

Have you seen the “Beaujolais Premier Cru”?

Yes, maybe we will have Beaujolais Premier Cru in less than ten years. Beaujolais continues its struggle to improve its image and to play in the higher leagues. Four years ago it began to analyse its vineyards to find the best plots. To add premier cru vineyards to the 12 Beaujolais appellations will help consumers […]

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Bernard Magrez Stradivarius

Saint Emilion and Stradivarius for lunch

In late October we were invited by Bernard Magrez to a luxurious lunch at Le Cinq, star restaurant at the Hôtel Georges V in Paris. We were there to celebrate several things. Bernard Magrez’ Château Fombrauge in Saint Emilion had just been given its new classification, Grand Cru Classé, and he had only a few […]

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Clos la Madeleine, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

The new Saint Emilion Classification

All the details and a critical review Saint Emilion has just announced the new classification of the chateaux. It has been a long time coming; the classification should be renewed every 10 years but this has been much delayed due to legal wrangling. The new classification includes some substantial changes but perhaps not dramatic surprises, […]

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The Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé 1855 classification

The Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé 1855 classification is old but still going strong. What ever feelings you have about the fact that a classification that was made more than 150 years ago is still valid, you have to admit that it is an achievement. I doubt that the people of the Chamber of Commerce in […]

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What price Bordeaux? by Benjamin Lewin

What Price Bordeaux?

What Price Bordeaux? By: Benjamin Lewin Vendange Press What Price Bordeaux? is an unusual and an interesting book. But let me start with two things that I find annoying, to get them out of the way. First, the title. The book is about so much more than “the price of Bordeaux” and the title makes […]

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Bordeaux Crus Artisans is back?

Last month we talked about the revived (and strange) Cru Bourgeois classification-but-not-classification in Bordeaux. This month it’s time for the no-one-knows-it-exists classification Cru Artisans. Cru Artisans exists since some 150 years back but during the latter half of the 20th century it fell out of use (or perhaps even earlier) and became virtually unknown. In […]

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Languedoc to introduce Grand Cru…

Some areas in the Languedoc, that fulfil certain criteria, will be classified as Grand Cru according to a new proposal from the producers association, the CIVL. They want to have two levels: Grands Vins du Languedoc and Grand Cru du Languedoc. Grands Vins will include Minervois, Corbières, Saint Chinian, sparkling Limoux, Malpère, Faugères, Cabardès, muscat […]

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A Bordeaux chateau goes up in smoke

Figuratively speaking. Chateau Labegorce Zédé (Médoc, Bordeaux) will cease to exist as a wine as of 2009. Both Labegorce Zédé and Chateau Labegorce are owned by the family of the deceased Hubert Perrodo. The two wines will now be combined and be sold under the label Chateau Labegorce. The family also owns the Chateau Marquis […]

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The classification of Saint Emilion, a true slapstick

The meandering story of the new classification of Saint Emilion seems to be a story without an end. It has long since past the limit between reasonable and ridiculous. The classification is supposed to be reviewed every ten years, the last time in 2006. Here’s the story in (very) short: In 2006 a new classification […]

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The St Emilion circus continues…

Well, you cannot call it much else but a circus… At the beginning of July a court decided that the ‘new’ Saint Emilion classification should be annulled. This was the third court to deal with the issue and was thought to be the final word. Not so. The French Senate has now decided that those […]

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