Monthly Archives: May 2013

White discovery

Dry White wines may only represent 8% of Bordeaux plantings but that’s no excuse not to showcase them. The Graves appellation is considered some of the finest terroir in Bordeaux for dry whites. Although no dry white wines where included in the famous1855 classification, just reds and sweet whites, one hundred years later the Graves included 9 dry whites wines in their classification of 16 properties. These properties are just South of the city of Bordeaux in what became the Pessac Leognan appellation in 1987. Some are so close they are caught in the suburbs!

You can discover some of the white gems from this amazing terroir for yourself should you be in Bordeaux on Saturday 8th June. 11 properties in Pessac-Leognan are opening the doors of their cellars to allow you to discover their white wines. Reserve at especially if you would like to join in one of the picnics.


What’s new in Bordeaux ? Lots !

The French economy may be in the doldrums but wine tourism seems to be booming judging by the plethora of new initiatives in and around Bordeaux. There are new places to stay, new places to eat, shop and, of course, taste.

For somewhere unique to stay in the vineyards, the beautiful 18th century Château Féret Lambert is tucked away behind the Church in the picturesque village of Grezillac in the Entre-deux-Mers. Valérie Féret will welcome you to two beautiful en-suite rooms in the family Château. This is also a great place to eat, and not just breakfast. For small groups you can taste Valérie’s excellent cuisine using local products in and amongst her eclectic collection of bric-a-brac, art and renovated French country furniture all of which is for sale in her pop up ’boutik’ in the beautifully restored stables of the property. So that ticks the shopping, dining and accommodation boxes.

Preparing for lunch with Valérie at Chateau Féret-Lambert

Should you prefer self catering call in on Nathalie Schyler in Margaux, Nathalie runs the hospitality at the beautiful family vineyard Château Kirwan, classified growth of Margaux. Chateau Kirwan enjoys one of the most spectacular gardens in the area and has an open door policy when it comes to visits. Nathalie has recently acquired the Moulin de Margaux, an old windmill just off the famous D2 ‘Route des Chateaux’ and, putting her perfect hostessing skills and artistic temperament to work, she has created a beautiful little guesthouse in one of the wings of the mill. With one bedroom and a living room it has it’s own sunny terrace overlooking the vines of Margaux and access to the swimming pool – perfect for relaxing after a hard day’s tasting.

Home from home at Le Moulin de Margaux

While you are in Margaux call in and see the brand new look of Château Marquis de Terme. This classified growth is one of the appellation’s sleeping beauties, now, thanks to the renovation it no longer slumbers. This traditional property is built around a majestic courtyard with the alley of ancient of trees leading to the ultra modern new tasting room overlooking the traditional barrel cellars. Visits in English and French will allow you to discover a hidden gem and groups are welcome to stay for lunch by appointment in the newly renovated dining room over looking the vines.

A beautiful Spring day at Chateau de Marquis de Terme

If you prefer the call of the city, the Hotel de Sèze has just been reopened after extensive renovations. For many years this was a run down little hotel albeit in a great location. This has all now changed the Hotel de Seze now boasts a 4 star rating, a delicious restaurant with a terrace on the  Allées de Tourny and is fast becoming the new place to see and be seen. The rooms are not cheap but beautifully appointed and they have a funky spa in the vaulted cellars to complete the treat.

The welcome at l’Hôtel de Sèze