Tag Archives: Bordeaux

Women Winemakers We Love: Caroline Diel

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Sémillon

Color: White   Grown in: Bordeaux (France); Riverina, Margaret River, Hunter, Barossa Valley (Australia)   A.K.A.: Hunter Riesling (Hunter Valley, Australia); Semillon (without accent é, in Australia)   Profile: Susceptible to botrytis — both the good and bad kind — Sémillon … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Maipo

Regional Profile: Maipo Valley, Chile   Where: Maipo is within Chile’s large Central Valley, which is appropriately named as it’s relatively in the center of the country from north to south as well as situated in the valley between the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Carmenère

Color: Red   Grown in: Chile; Veneto, Trentino, Friuli (Italy); Bordeaux (France)   Profile: Once one of the grapes of Bordeaux, Carmenère is now virtually extinct in France. However, it’s made a great new name for itself halfway around the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Château Chasse-Spleen

Who: Château Chasse-Spleen   What: The Cru Bourgeois That Could   Where: Moulis (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France)   Why: Because Chasse-Spleen went utterly unrecognized in the 1855 Classification — the ranking of big-name Bordeaux that’s remained in place to this day. Because … Continue reading

Grape Files: Cabernet Franc

Color: Red   Grown in: Loire, Bordeaux (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); Hungary; New York, California, Washington (U.S.)   A.K.A. Bouchet (Bordeaux, France); Breton (Loire, France)   Profile: DNA profiling revealed that Cabernet Franc is Cabernet Sauvignon’s dad (its … Continue reading

Grape Files: Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: Red   Grown in: Like Chardonnay, this noble varietal is an international sweetheart, planted practically everywhere. Its hometown, though, is Bordeaux in France, and particularly its “left bank.” California meanwhile — specifically Napa Valley — is happy to be … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Château Haut-Brion

Who: Château Haut-Brion   What: Royal First Growth Favorite Repping the Other Side of Town   Where: Pessac-Léognan (Graves, Bordeaux, France)   Why: Because it is one of the original four and still one of the only five First Growths … Continue reading

Brett: Complexity or Defect?

There’s much debate about whether certain “defects” in wine are really defects or whether they add complexity and character, and as I did some “spring” (technically one more day!) cleaning this weekend, I got to thinking about it…   I … Continue reading