BORDEAUX / BARSAC

Located just north of Sauternes, Barsac offers producers the choice to label their wines under either the Sauternes or Barsac appellation, following AOC laws.

The soils in Barsac differ from Sauternes, containing a lesser amount of gravel and a mixture of recent and ancient alluvial deposits. While both regions share similar regulations, allowing only white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle grapes, Barsac wines possess a livelier character, with enhanced freshness and a vibrant quality compared to their more rich and velvety counterparts to the south. Notable estates within the Barsac appellation include Chateau Climens, Chateau Coutet, and Chateau Doisy-Daene.

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BORDEAUX / HAUT – MEDOC

The AOC Médoc stretches north of Bordeaux, extending from the city to the tip of the land where the Gironde River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Encompassing all the renowned appellations of the left bank, the term “Médoc” specifically refers to the land north of St.-Estephe when mentioned on a wine label.

Unlike the gravelly slopes further south, the soils here are richer and heavier, with a higher clay content. As a result, you’ll find a slightly greater presence of Merlot in the blends of Médoc wines compared to the left bank appellations to the south.

While lacking classified growth status, numerous cru bourgeois wines in the Médoc region excel, with Chateau Pontensac leading the pack.

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BORDEAUX / MARGAUX

Situated between St Julien and the city of Bordeaux, the renowned appellation of Margaux boasts unique soil compositions with limestone and marls closer to the surface compared to its neighbouring regions.

This distinct terroir imparts a lighter character to the wines, characterised by a graceful nature and delicate floral aromas. While Chateau Margaux stands as the epitome of excellence within the appellation, numerous exceptional wines are produced in the Margaux commune.

Notable among them are the trio of producers named after the local town of Cantenac, along with Chateau Lascombes, Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Rauzan-Gassies, Chateau Giscours, and Chateau Kirwan. These esteemed estates contribute to the diverse and remarkable wine offerings from the Margaux appellation.

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BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC

Pauillac is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Bordeaux winemaking, with a compelling argument supported by the presence of three out of the five first growth estates within the appellation.

Positioned between St-Estèphe to the north and St-Julien to the south, Pauillac’s iconic gravel mounds have been yielding captivating wines for centuries. The unmistakable scents of pencil shavings, cigar-box, cedar, and blackcurrant have enamoured many wine enthusiasts.

Pauillac is also home to some of the most exceptional châteaux featured in the revered 1855 classification. Discover the allure of Pauillac through its illustrious wineries and experience the epitome of Bordeaux’s winemaking excellence.

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BORDEAUX / POMEROL

Pomerol, although relatively small at around 800 hectares, holds a revered status among wine enthusiasts for producing profound wines centred around the merlot grape variety.

The landscape of Pomerol is adorned with renowned names like Chateau Petrus, Le Pin, Vieux Ch.Certan, Chateau Lafleur, and Chateau Clinet.

Among the Right Bank appellations, Pomerol shares the most similarities with its counterparts on the Left Bank, characterised by gravel-rich soils with pockets of clay that are ideal for crafting merlot-dominant wines.

Pomerol, alongside St-Emilion, is recognized as the birthplace of the “garagiste” movement in Bordeaux, symbolizing its innovative and trailblazing spirit in winemaking.

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BORDEAUX / SAINT ESTEPHE

Located on the upper left bank, nestled between Médoc and Pauillac, St-Estèphe has earned a reputation as the slowest maturing commune in Bordeaux.

As you journey north from Pauillac, the terroir undergoes a change. While gravel remains dominant, there is a touch more clay in the soils. In the past, wines from St-Estèphe were known for their stern, uncompromising, and tannic nature in their youth. However, nowadays, there is a touch more richness as merlot is increasingly incorporated into the blends, providing added substance.

Although St-Estèphe does not boast any first growth estates, the second growth wines of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Chateau Montrose consistently produce wines that rival their esteemed counterparts in the south.

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BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES

Sauternes, located just south of Bordeaux, below Graves, is renowned for producing the world’s finest sweet wines.

These luscious botrytis wines originate from five communes: Barsac, Preignac, Bommes, Fargues, and Sauternes itself, all adhering to the AOC regulations.

The magic unfolds where the cool waters of the Ciron River meet the warmer waters of the Garonne, creating a morning mist. Combined with afternoon sunshine, this unique climate provides the ideal conditions for the development of noble rot, known as Botrytis Cinerea. While Chateau d’Yquem stands atop the classification, in certain years, other renowned Premier Crus can present a challenge to its prestige.

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BORDEAUX / ST-EMILION

On the right bank of the Gironde River, you’ll discover the picturesque village of St-Emilion, serving as a captivating gateway to an appellation that possesses a distinct character from its counterparts across the water.

The appellation is divided into several unique sub-regions, each with its own identity. Vineyards located higher up on the plateau thrive in limestone-rich soils, giving rise to exceptional wines like Chateau Ausone, Chateau Pavie, and Chateau Canon.

Those situated on the slopes and foothills of the plateau, such as Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue, offer their own distinctive expressions. Flatter gravel mounds nurture vineyards like Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Figeac, while the vineyards on flatter, sandier soils, like Chateau Lamande and Chateau La Tour Figeac, showcase their own terroir-influenced character.

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BORDEAUX / ST. JULIEN

Nestled between the esteemed Pauillac and Margaux, the wines of St Julien strike a harmonious balance between its renowned neighbours in terms of style.

These wines are characterised by their fruit-forward nature, intensity, finesse, and remarkable precision. St Julien wines are widely celebrated for their ability to age gracefully and exude an elegant charm. Although the appellation does not boast any first growth estates, it is home to a range of illustrious second growths that could easily make a case for promotion based on their exceptional quality and rich historical heritage.

Notably, Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases stands out as a strong contender, situated adjacent to the prestigious Chateau Latour in Pauillac and sharing many of the attributes associated with renowned first growth wines.

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BURGUNDY

Burgundy is often said to be the pinnacle for wine enthusiasts. This renowned region holds a captivating allure as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir unfurl their true character in the glass, offering a remarkable sense of place. Within Burgundy, you’ll discover prestigious estates that are highly coveted and revered worldwide. The mere mention of iconic vineyards like Chambertin, Musigny, and La Romanée-Conti ignites the excitement of wine lovers. From the vibrant and flavourful wines of Chablis in the North to the delightful Gamay from Beaujolais in the South, Burgundy stands tall as the most illustrious wine region in the world for good reason.

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CHABLIS / DOMAINE WILLIAM FEVRE

William Fevre was established in 1957. With a total of 28 hectares of vineyards, including 12 hectares of premier cru and 16 hectares of grand cru vines, the domaine boasts an impressive collection. Embracing the art of tradition, the fruit is meticulously hand-harvested, a practice rarely seen in Chablis, and undergoes a rigorous sorting process at the winery. This unwavering commitment to excellence ensures that only the finest quality grapes make their way into the production of their wines.

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LOIRE

The Loire Valley, where nature’s beauty intertwines with exquisite chateaux and wines that reflect their unique terroir. Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc take centre stage, reaching their pinnacle of expression in esteemed appellations such as Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, and Vouvray. Sauvignon Blanc, with its flinty notes, refreshing acidity, and vibrant energy, setting the global standard for this varietal.

Meanwhile, Vouvray showcases its own distinct charm, with limestone soils enriched by iron and magnesium, resulting in wines celebrated for their unmatched purity and remarkable aging potential.

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RHONE VALLEY

The Rhone region, while officially a single entity, can be conveniently divided into two distinct parts. In the northern part, Syrah takes centre stage, ruling over renowned appellations like Cote Rotie,Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas, and Crozes Hermitage.

These appellations produce breathtaking wines, complemented by the lighter nuances of white wines crafted from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne found in Condrieu, Chateau Grillet, St-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, and St-Peray.

In the southern part, Syrah harmoniously blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, giving rise to captivating wines like Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and the incredibly enjoyable wines of Cotes du Rhone.

The Rhone Valley, with its diverse terroir and esteemed appellations, offers wine lovers an extensive array of wine styles originating from some of the world’s most renowned sub-regions.

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