Monthly Archives: July 2009

Rediscovering Château La Dominique with Jean-Luc Thunevin

Jean-Luc Thunevin, affectionately known as the Saint Emilion Bad Boy, famous for creating the original Garage wine; Château Valandraud is also a wine consultant in Bordeaux and further afield.
His philosophy gleaned from experience and experiment caught the eye of M. Fayat 3 years ago who asked him to oversee the running of his Châteaux : Château La Dominique (Saint-Emilion Grand cru Classé), Château La Commanderie de Mazeyres and Château Prieurs de la Commanderie in Pomérol and Château Clément-Pichon in the Haut Médoc ,
Jean-Luc hosted us for a dinner at Château La Dominque to explain the changes that are taking place under his management. It was a fascinating discovery of what a difference a few years can make. The trio 2006, 2007, 2008 showed a gradula increase in quality, power certainly, but not at the expense of elegance.
Jean-Luc’s objective is to return La Dominique to its former glory of the eighties. With dinner we tasted the 2003, 1998 and the mythical 1989. One to follow.

Château La Dominique, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Hands on cuisine at Nioton

Experience Bordeaux cusine hands on with chef Gaëlle Benoiste in the kitchen at Nioton. A after a tour to a local farmers market Gaëlle will teach you how to prepare some local specialities and then we all ge to sample your efforts with a few glasses chosen especially to highlight your new found cooking skills!

Chinese students studying Sauternes.

In 2008 China represented nearly 4% of Bordeaux wine exports and is growing. Chinese wine enthusiasts are putting Bordeaux on the map for visits too. With the Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux and Vitivini tours I welcomed a group of Chinese graduate students from Cheung Kong Graduate School. Their first night was a baptism by fire with a Sauternes dinner at Château Guiraud, Premier Grand Cru Classé.


A tasting menu designed specifically to compliment the 5 different vintages chosen (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003) showed just how versatile Sauternes can be with both traditional and exotic cuisine, savory and sweet.