ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

It’s a new era for CA Grand Crus (administrators of several Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards owned by the Credit Agricole Group), with recently appointed Anne La Naour at the helm as Executive Director. Alongside Jean-Philippe Archambault, Director of Santenay in Burgundy, she is bringing a fresh vision to the estates and has sold two properties in Bordeaux in order to open up opportunities to work … Continue reading ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, there’s a sense of thrilling mystery about it. Like jumping … Continue reading LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

THE RUBY TAYLOR BOTTLE FROM CHÂTEAU MINUTY

Provence rosé makes me think of sun-dappled terraces in the south of France; a luxuriously languorous lunch with nothing much to do for the rest of the afternoon apart from wear big sunglasses and happily, hazily enjoy watching the salmon pink in the glass glisten in the sunshine. Some kind of marketing must have worked on me somewhere along the line because this is the … Continue reading THE RUBY TAYLOR BOTTLE FROM CHÂTEAU MINUTY

IN A NUTSHELL: WINES OF ALSACE

I love white wines from Alsace. In general, they are aromatic wines, which can be dry or sweet (or somewhere in between), and I like them best when they have high acidity and blossom aromas, with stone fruit characteristics.  Climate Is Alsace in France or Germany? It is in fact in France, but you’d be forgiven if you asked this because it possesses a complete … Continue reading IN A NUTSHELL: WINES OF ALSACE

A WEEKEND IN THE LANGUEDOC – PART DEUX: EVERY WINE HAS A STORY

One of the fabulous things about the Languedoc is that you are never far away from wine. There are vines everywhere you turn and in every village there will be someone making their own wine (in Liausson, it’s the village mayor, as introduced to this story in Part One). There are also larger wineries and shops where you can see big production close up and, … Continue reading A WEEKEND IN THE LANGUEDOC – PART DEUX: EVERY WINE HAS A STORY

A WEEKEND IN THE LANGUEDOC – PART ONE: LIAUSSON ROUGE

It’s always very fortunate when you have friends who live in wonderful places, especially when you can go and stay with them for a few days. It is even more fortunate when said places are located between 30-50 degrees of latitude (where the grapevines grow) and home to lots of lovely, lovely wine. Chris and Ian live in Liausson, a small village in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France. Continue reading A WEEKEND IN THE LANGUEDOC – PART ONE: LIAUSSON ROUGE