DUCLOT, more than ever in the heart of Bordeaux


After 130 years spent in rue de Macau in Bordeaux, we’re leaving these historic offices for a brand new address in the heart of the city: Place Rohan, in a group of buildings from the 18th century fully rehabilitated to offer a 1200 m2 working space spread over five levels. This move allows us, among others, to regroup in one place our administrative headquarters (60 people) and the “reception” area used for the trading activity. As for the stock – several million bottles – it remains in a safe place in our 20 000 m2 cellars located a few kilometers, in the municipality of Martignas. Originally, this new address was two buildings, n ° 3 and n ° 4 place … Continue reading DUCLOT, more than ever in the heart of Bordeaux

Pierre Bérot, director of DUCLOT LA VINICOLE


Our DUCLOT LA VINICOLE branch, dedicated in providing great wines to restaurants and wine merchants, welcomes Pierre Bérot to coordinate and develop the activities of our various offices in France and the United States. Before joining us, Pierre managed the wine department of the TAILLEVENT group. In the world of wine cellars and restaurants, Pierre Bérot has had the confidence of the greatest: the late chef Alain Senderens, who had taken him in as a sommelier at the restaurant LUCAS CARTON in 1990; then Jean-Claude Vrinat, who had recruited him two years later as a sommelier in the TAILLEVENT cellar, and had seen him evolve until creating with him in 1999 a wine department for the whole group. Pierre Bérot … Continue reading Pierre Bérot, director of DUCLOT LA VINICOLE

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

Château Gazin : Evolving greatness on the Plateau

May 2017 - Estates

Adjacent to other great vineyards, Château Gazin is undoubtedly a top producer on Pomerol’s clay-gravel plateau, hallowed ground in the appellation. The vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot supplemented with touches of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. These last two bring additional structure to the wines giving them over 20 years of aging potential in the best vintages. What is Gazin’s style? The wine is naturally opulent with ripe, pure and fresh fruit. Will global warming impact the profile of Gazin over time? Nicolas and Inès de Bailliencourt dit Courcol follow the work in the vineyards and in the winery very closely to minimise the effects of this phenomenon and to preserve Gazin’s fresh style. More precisely, this growth is … Continue reading Château Gazin : Evolving greatness on the Plateau

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste : vibrant and immutable

May 2017 - Estates

Its wines feature in the tasting notes of all the specialist guides and publications. But you have to go back to 2013 and a small review in *Le Point if you want to read a press article about François-Xavier Borie and his property, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Let’s just say that instant fame built around much-hyped sunny vintages is not for this discreet property. In terms of quality, consistency is key, vintage after vintage for over 30 years. Far from shutting off this property in a form of blind conservatism, this ultimate quest for regularity and continuity in all areas is, on the contrary, its principal asset. A privileged meeting at the Château enlightened us on the subject. In local patois, “Grand-Puy”, … Continue reading Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste : vibrant and immutable