Cabernet Franc, sometimes ripe at Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil

  I must admit to often being disappointed by the wines made from Cabernet Franc grown in the Loire. Green and harsh/bitter tanins, lack of fruit flavours and depth are my usual complaints. It is true that this cool climate region is not, every year, ideally suited to ripening a variety that comes from much …

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Merlot ou Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux ou Saumur

Merlot ou Cabernet, Bordeaux ou Saumur, pas toujours facile de choisir, et puis cela dépend du temps qu’il fait, de qui boit avec moi, et, et, et… Du coup, j’ai pris les deux. Certains me diront «Merlot ?», sachant que je ne suis pas fan du cépage. On peut de temps à autre faire une petite …

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Back to Gascony 2: red wines

Last week I wrote about the main type of wine produced in this part of South-West France, namely dry whites. But my tasting of some 90 plus wines also included some reds and a few sweet whites. This week I will talk about the reds in more detail. Vineyard in the Gers at this time …

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Ces Anjou rouges 2018 m’ont beaucoup plu

La dégustation d’une belle poignée d’Anjou rouges m’a permis de me faire une idée de qualité de ces rouges de Loire pas toujours mis en évidence. Le millésime 2018 leur réussi très bien. Voici mes coups de cœur. Domaine des Iris 2018 Anjou à Tigné Robe rubis violet d’une belle profondeur. Le nez se macule …

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Is this for real? A miniature tasting of some Loire reds

You may think that this is just another April Fool's thing. It is not! I was recently sent two sets of 6 samples of different cuvées of the red Loire appellation Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil that relies on the Cabernet Franc grape. 12 different wines altogether, all of them in tiny plastic bottles that each contain just 2 …

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Good cooperative wineries (2): Les Vignerons du Brulhois, South-West France

General map of France's southwestern appellations to show the position of the small Brulhois appellation concerned by this article. Following my first article 2 weeks ago, this second article in what will be an intermittant series dedicated to good cooperatives in France concerns a small cooperative winery near the Garonne river in south-west France. Brulhois …

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Chinese wines progress in quality as well as in quantity

The wine market in China has been at or near the centre of many producing countries' attentions for the past ten years or so. It is now Bordeaux's largest single market and probably also Australia's, not to mention growing volumes from other countries and regions (see import chart below). Wine education has played a major …

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