TERROIRS OF A PRINCE, PRINCES OF THE TERROIR, Château Haut-Brion et Château La Mission Haut-Brion

December 2017 - Estates

“Château La Mission Haut-Brion instantly reveals its immense charm, Château Haut-Brion starts  out more restrained.” They have been evolving side by side for 35 years, with a committed owner and exemplary management stamping the development of both wines with the same ambition. They also benefit from the same remarkable expertise and the magic of terroirs that quickly reach perfect maturity. The resulting two wines are both of the finest quality, but here the similarity ends. In the glass  each of these Pessac-léognan properties has its own distinct character, to the point where  comparison becomes futile. Their positioning, determined by the owner, is now at last reflecting this reality, and perceptions among professionals and connoisseurs alike are changing, with  increased appreciation … Continue reading TERROIRS OF A PRINCE, PRINCES OF THE TERROIR, Château Haut-Brion et Château La Mission Haut-Brion

CHÂTEAU MAISON BLANCHE, NICOLAS DESPAGNE’S PLAYING FIELD

December 2017 - Estates

“We, the organic producers, haven’t invented anything” A few kilometers from Saint-Emilion’s prestigious crus classés, Nicolas Despagne produces clean-tasting wines that are powerful when young but show a remarkable development with age,  perhaps because this winegrower takes nothing for granted for more than five minutes at a time. He doesn’t see organic and biodynamic certification as ends in themselves and never stops thinking about the what, how and why of his processes. Another asset of Maison Blanche is its  generous fruit, which is due to the low levels of added sulfur and makes it a fine accompaniment to a vast array of flavors in the kitchen. last but not least, a reasonable price tag – the vineyard is in the … Continue reading CHÂTEAU MAISON BLANCHE, NICOLAS DESPAGNE’S PLAYING FIELD

CHÂTEAU SAINT-PIERRE REBIRTH, BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION OF A GREAT SAINT-JULIEN

December 2017 - Estates

“Restaurant clients feel a certain pleasure in drinking a Saint-Julien that isn’t on the next table.” Jean-Louis et Françoise Triaud entourés par leurs enfants Jean et Vanessa ainsi que leur gendre Orphée Acru classé with a very long history, château Saint-Pierre underwent an extraordinary reconstruction in the early 1980s, following a fragmentation of the estate generated by family divisions. This history explains why its wine, a superb Saint-Julien vin-de-garde, is still building its reputation. Founder Henri Martin, a major figure of the 20th century Medoc, is no longer with us, so we were greeted at the property by his grandson Jean Triaud. Jean recently took over the helm from his charismatic father Jean-Louis Triaud. Alongside his sister and brother-in-law he … Continue reading CHÂTEAU SAINT-PIERRE REBIRTH, BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION OF A GREAT SAINT-JULIEN

VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN, THE FRANK SUCCESS OF ITS CABERNETS

December 2017 - Estates

“Making wines that are neither New World nor last century” In Bordeaux the Thienponts have long been known as people of few words. This reserve has been a family trait down the generations and is also characteristic of Guillaume Thienpont, who now works alongside his father Alexandre on their Pomerol estate. If they aren’t much given to talking it’s so they can concentrate more effectively on the tasks in their vineyard and winery. In addition to the arrival of Guillaume, new methods enable them to work this unusual terroir to the  greatest effect. All the optimization serves the expression of aroma and taste, “the main  virtue of Grands Vins” says the vineyard owner, setting the tone for our conversation. So … Continue reading VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN, THE FRANK SUCCESS OF ITS CABERNETS

Forever Château Margaux

May 2017 - Estates

With its splendid gravel hillcrest, Château Margaux presides over the 1885 Classified “crus” in the Medoc. Today, in a nutshell, the property’s challenge is to maintain this level of excellence… “And to go beyond!” states Aurélien Valance, Deputy General Manager for the past 15 years. “We are always looking to progress at Château Margaux because we always compare what we are doing with what more we could do.” With constant tweaks and a solid foundation, the work continues without the man who managed it so well; the previous General Manager, Paul Pontallier, who passed away prematurely last spring after 30 years of visionary effort. The team, which has been restructured by owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos, has taken over the helm to … Continue reading Forever Château Margaux

Château Carbonnieux, the re-emergence of a historic Cru

May 2017 - Estates

Armed with seven centuries of history and tradition, Château Carbonnieux came back to the forefront of the Graves scene at the beginning of the ‘90s with an amazing leap in quality that is particularly notable in the vintages of the past decade. Received by the owners, we discovered the impetus behind the rise which put this “cru” on the path to excellence whilst at the same time keeping family ownership and retaining the old school side which is one of its trademarks. Situated in Léognan close to Bordeaux, Château Carbonnieux is classified for both white and red wine. Marc Perrin was the one to enjoy this recognition in 1959 just three years after he bought the domain and restored the … Continue reading Château Carbonnieux, the re-emergence of a historic Cru