Congratulations to Manu and Tess Guillot-Broux (right). I’ve just read in this month’s Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine that their excellent organic Mâcon Cruzillle ‘Les Genièvrières’ 2008 has been awarded 18.5 points by the mag’s esteemed tasting panel. “a sublime Genièvrières…quite simply a true ‘vin de garde’ with a fresh, pure nose and floral and vanilla notes…an unctuous palate, subtle, round and ‘gourmande’.” The red wine, noted as “superb” gets 16.6 points.
Bloomsbury, October 28th. A warm evening brought fourteen award-winning winemakers to the October Gallery’s art festooned salons and courtyard to celebrate the launch of French Vineyards. Seduced by the aromas of over 50 different fine wines, the 150 or so guests came from near and far to toast the success of the book. The vignerons included:
Mathieu Mélinand (Domaine des Marrans, Fleurie)
Vincent Rapin [photo] (Domaine Valmengaux, Bordeaux)
Pascal Méli (Ch. Bujan, Côtes de Bourg)
Jacquie Franc de Ferrière (Ch. de Carbonneau, Sainte-Foy de Bordeaux)
Helen Kelly (Ch. Claribès, Sainte-Foy de Bordeaux)
Laurence Ployez (Maison Ployez-Jacquemart, Champagne)
Jonathan James (Domaine Saint Hilaire, Languedoc)
Jorje Maslakiewicz (Domaine Saint Ferréol, Languedoc)
Chantal Comte [photo] (Ch. de la Tuilerie, Costières de Nimes)
Paul Uhart (Ch. Lavanau, Côte de Duras)
…and representatives from Ch. Franc Pourret (Saint Emilion Grand Cru), Domaine Gayda (Languedoc), Ch. La Villatade (Minervois) and Clos de Caveau (Vacqueyras)
…plus a groaning tasting table of wines from Domaine Horcher (Alsace), Domaine Agapé (Alsace), Domaine de la Chapel de Vatre (Beaujolais Villages), Ch. Saint Robert (Graves), Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand (Côtes de Nuits and Meursault 1er cru), Anne Gros (Clos Vougeot grand cru), Ch. Haute Fontaine (Corbières), Mas du Soleilla (La Clape), Domaine Saint Luc (Côtes du Rhone Villages) and Saint Estève de Néri (Luberon).
My thanks go to all of the above plus Alastair Sawday [photo] and his talented, hard-working team who hosted the soirée so well.
Jancis Robinson is a fan of Anne Gros’s wines; fabulous Burgundy Grand Crus. Anne has an immaculate contemporary guesthouse called La Colombière in the heart of the village of Vosne-Romanée. “I tried to book there for my tasting trip to Burgundy in late November,” Jancis writes in her excellent website www.jancisrobinson.com, “and she was already fully booked.” Anne’s place is popular with wine buyers and journalists, holidaymakers and winemakers; make sure you book early!
To read Jancis Robinson’s notes on the book – French Vineyards – click here.
For full details of staying at La Colombière – click here.
Chateau Melin, near Auxey-Duresses was owned by the church and was used as a Catholic retreat for the poor children of France’s major cities. After being abandoned in the 1980s the place stood empty and neglected until 2000 when it was purchased by Hélène and Arnaud Derats. An energetic couple, they have restored the chateau to its proper state. The grand house is now the family home; HQ for Arnaud’s wine business; a wine depot; and classy (but great value) bed and breakfast. Arnaud is a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin and owns 23 hectares of village, 1er cru and grand cru vines in 15 different communes all along the Côte d’Or.
Tending the vines at Le Montrachet this summer in designer sunglasses and bikini tops. Photo 23/6/08