It’s been a busy week in Bordeaux. From the moment that Chateau Latour announced its first ex-chateau release under the new system (choosing the 1995 Chateau Latour, the 2005 Les Forts de Latour, and the 2009 Pauillac for its inaugural offer), it has been the subject of discussion, queries, misunderstandings and no shortage of gossip.
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The man behind Beijing airport’s Terminal Three and Hong Kong icons Chek Lap Kok airport and the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank building, is turning his hand to a rather more intimate project: reworking a chateau in the Médoc that receives on average 8,
The en primeur season kicks off on April 8th, ushering in a week-long round of tastings, lunches and dinners where buyers and critics from around the world will spit their way through hundreds of cask samples and cast their prognosis on the previ
Last week was a successful one for Bordeaux real estate agents. Chateau Monbusquet and Chateau d'Issan, two prestigious properties on the Right and Left banks of the river both took on investors, while Chateau de Seguin in AOC Bordeaux Supérieur
We’ve read the words hundreds of times in wine descriptions; smoky, flinty, oyster shell, chalky, silex, slate, quartz... Close your eyes and you can feel your mouth water at the thought of a taut, angular wine that tastes of the stones its roots
You wouldn’t think that the wine that was named ‘greatest of all’ by one of the most influential wine media in the world would have difficulty getting quality approval in its own back yard.
‘I had the idea for this 15 years ago,’ Alain Juppé, former prime minister of France and Bordeaux’s indefatigable mayor, declares at the official building launch of the city’s new wine centre. ‘At first I wanted to create a museum of wine, then i
The rather pedestrian blue-green emblem of Credit Agricole bank is found on every local high street up and down France; even the smallest village seems to come with a pharmacy, a hairdressers and a Credit Agricole. This is France’s largest bankin
Ten years ago, the quays of Bordeaux were outcasts to the city proper. Buildings blackened from car exhausts and industrial waste, a line of warehouses blocking the view of the Garonne river that had nourished and supported the city for much of i
2013 has begun with the death of one of the great, although unsung, names of Bordeaux wine: Bernard Donèche. Not an owner of any great Médoc chateau, nor the zillionth generation of a famous Bordeaux lineage, but an academic who preferred to rema
Family businesses, it seems redundant to point out, are something of a prized asset in French wine. You have the Pol Roger family in Champagne, which heads back to the early 19th century, the Hugels in Alsace, who can trace their roots back to th
'When I first bought Château Haut-Brisson, back in 1997, I had no idea that 15 years later I would have quite so many Chinese neighbours.' Peter Kwok, speaking from his immaculate apartment in one of Hong Kong's most exclusive areas, smiles broad
[Jane Anson] We live in a largely visual world. Around 60% of our stimulus comes from sight, with 20% from hearing, 10% touch, 9% smell and just 1% from taste. This might seem to put wine tasters at a bit of a disadvantage, and is certainly why so we have
Two high profile departures from Bordeaux estates have been announced over the past month – Sylvie Cazes from Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande and Jean-Guillaume Prats from Chateau Cos d’Estournel, both 2nd Growths from the 1855 classification.
After almost a decade of living in and writing about Bordeaux, there are certain things that are subtly but indisputably understood. And perhaps the most important is that the power of the market is sacrosanct. This is a place where the terroir,
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