Displaying items by tag: Bordeaux

Thursday, 05 April 2018 12:43

Why study Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is France’s largest appellation and largest producer of AOC wine! It has been exported since the Middle Ages. In fact, its inland port with its historic and stately, stone warehouses, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The region has been tracked with regard to vintage year for its entire history. Collectors speak in terms of Moueix and Derenoncourt, of Thunevin and Maltus as avid fans speak of their favorite athletes. Even non-wine drinkers have heard of Châteaux Mouton, Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Haut Brion!
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Mastering Bordeaux, a primer with Jane Anson and Andrew Jefford of Decanter Magazine.

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Anyone who has been to Bordeaux is familiar with this signature sweet. It almost defies description: a rich popover dough with a custardy interior, coated in a dark, thin, crispy caramel. It is love at first bite and the souvenir shops know this. They sell the molds. But buyer beware…insiders swear that the authentic versions can only be achieved by copper forms.

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The best way to make sense of French red wines is to simply start tasting them. France offers the perfect red wine for every occasion—from steak frites on Monday, to boeuf bourguignon with the in-laws on Sunday.

Many of France’s best red wines are labeled with the name of the wine appellation, rarely by grape variety.

If you’ve ever felt completely overwhelmed while browsing a French wine section, knowing just a few key wine names will help keep your shopping trip focused and ensure that you have the perfect wine to drink at a moment’s notice.

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France’s white wines can be counted among the best in the world. Whether you are looking for the best sparkling wines, chiseled white wines, decadent dessert wines, rich Rieslings or ageable Chardonnays—France has it all.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:21

Bordeaux Who's Who with Fanny Darrieussecq


The allure and legacy of Bordeaux is legend. It has enjoyed centuries of success, not only because of a gifted terroir but also because of the uncanny business sense of its producers.

Never resting on its laurels, the region has maintained its spotlight within the world of wine and established itself as cutting-edge and avante garde within the realm of viti/vini research (University of Bordeaux) and sales/marketing (VinExpo and the new Cité du Vin).

Whose minds have contributed to and maintained this intellectual ferment? Join us and find out who’s who…both past and present!

Presenter: Fanny Darrieussecq

Certified from the prestigious OIV’s (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) Master of Science (MSc.) in Wine Management, Fanny travelled around the world discovering not only terroirs but also the men and women who make the wine in the “Old World’ as well as in the “New World”.

After 8 months of experience in Chile, she did short courses at UC Davis in the USA, Geisenheim’s Viticultural Research Center in Germany, Bordeaux and Dijon Oenology Universities in France. She spent the following year visiting most of the wine-producing countries in the world and at the end decided to settle in Spain where she became the Sales Manager for Bodegas Piedemonte, an important winery in Navarra.

The ten years spent at this position has giving her the possibility to analyse and build a strong network of importers and distributors in traditional consuming markets such as UK, Germany, USA, Japan and also from emerging markets such as Brazil, China and South-Eastern Asia.

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Assisting trip instructor Gerard Basset MW, MS, our Tour Manager Sarah Beck-Graham reports daily on the learnings and encounters on our 2017 Bordeaux wine study trip taking place October 1st through 6th 2017.

Sarah lives in Bordeaux and has 15 years of experience in the Bordeaux wine industry.  She has been manager of a top Right Bank chateau and worked for several top Bordeaux wine merchants. She now guides wine tours in the region and handles logistics for wine-related events.

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Lonely Planet has released their Best in Travel 2017 guide about THE places to visit in the next year…and Bordeaux tops their list as the No. 1 city destination in the world!

Bordeaux contains more preserved historical buildings – such as Place de la Bourse – than any city in France aside from Paris © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

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