The vineyards of Chablis

The premier Crus At the turn of the 21st century, there were 40 Premier cru vineyards. The names of many of these vineyards do not appear on wine labels because of an INAO allowance that permits the use of “umbrella names” – where smaller, lesser known vineyards are allowed to use the name of a nearby more famous Premier cru vineyard. Seventeen of the most well known “umbrella” vineyards are bolded below. As of 2009 the official list of the climats accepted for the Chablis Premier Cru includes total of 89 vineyards, names of which could be used on the … Continue reading The vineyards of Chablis

Clos des Mouches

Clos des Mouches from Maison Joseph Drouhin. Both a red and a white Clos des Mouches is produced, with the white version usually commanding a slightly higher price than the red and holding the status as the most famous white wine from the Beaune AOC. It was included in Judgment of Paris. The two wines come from a holding of 6.82 hectares (16.9 acres), located in the southern part of the commune, on the border to Pommard AOC. It is planted to half of Pinot noir for the red wine and half of Chardonnay for the white wine. It was … Continue reading Clos des Mouches

Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

  Chambolle-Musigny Baudes Grape Variety : Pinot Noir. Vineyard Site: at ther heart of the Côte de Nuits, in the village of Chambolle-Musigny. This is a small vineyard, located below Bonnes-Mares. It has a mild incline and faces due east. History & tradition: the name of the village Chambolle is probably derived from the Celtic “cambola”, already reputed for its vineyards in Gallo-Roman times and cultivated by the monks in the Middle Ages. “Baudes” is an ancient vineyard whose name is of Germanic origin (“Baud”). Soil: complex limestone subsoil, dating from the Jurassic age and ideally suited to the Pinot … Continue reading Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Domaine Bertrand Galbrun

Bertrand Galbrun is a young winemaker with a passion for clean, simply-spirited wine. Back when he was looking for the right plot of land for his winery, Galbrun began to work with his friend, winemaker Sebastian David, in Bourgueil four days a week. Inspired by the uniqueness of the terroir, he founded his eponymous domain in the area in 2005 and he now farms 3.5 hectares of 100% biodynamic grapes. Harvest is performed manually. Grapes are collected in small crates and undergo many tries before vinification. Grapes are then 100% destemmed and crushed by foot. No yeast, no added enzymes, and no … Continue reading Domaine Bertrand Galbrun

Domaine du Pegau

Domaine du Pegau is an old name in Chateauneuf du Pape. The Feraud family is able to trace their roots all the way back to the middle of the 17th century in the Southern Rhone Valley. That is when the ancestors of the Feraud family first planted grape vines next to their olive trees and other assorted fruit trees in Chateauneuf du Pape. The great, grandparents of Laurence Feraud were responsible for entering the family in the wine business with their initial purchases of vines. After their death the vineyards were divided between her 4 children. Paul Feraud, the father … Continue reading Domaine du Pegau

Weingut Michael Teschke 

The wine-maker Michael Teschke rated his wines with “Qualitätsärschen” (Quality of asses) instead of stars. The wine grower is considered an insider tip in Rheinhessen. In Gau-Algesheim, in the northern part of Rheinhessen, Michael and Sylvia Teschke manage seven hectares of vineyards, some of which are over 45 years old. As a winegrower, Teschke is a self-breaker. He likes to swim against the current. The 39-year-old devotes himself with special passion to the Sylvaner, with him consistently written with y, and the Portuguese. Two grape varieties, which had long an image problem in Germany and Rheinhessen. Wrongly, as the quality-oriented … Continue reading Weingut Michael Teschke 

Bordeaux Classification of 1855

                                                                   1855 Classification 1st Growths: Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac Château Latour, Pauillac Château Margaux, Margaux Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (reclassified from 2nd Growth in 1973) 2nd Growths: Château Cos d’Estournel, St.-Estèphe Château Montrose, St.-Estèphe Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Pauillac Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Château Léoville-Las Cases, St.-Julien Château Léoville-Poyferré, St.-Julien Château Léoville Barton, St.-Julien Château Gruaud-Larose, St.-Julien Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St.-Julien Château Rauzan-Ségla, … Continue reading Bordeaux Classification of 1855