I told you it was good!

August 17, 2010

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.



Bordeaux Organic Primeurs

March 29, 2010

48 Organic wines at Chateau Franc Pourret in Saint Emilion – Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st of March.  Click here for a full list of exhibitors…

Where can I learn more about wine?

March 27, 2010

From today’s Independent – Traveller’s Guide To: Wine journeys in Aquitaine…

“Among the courses on offer in the region, French Wine Adventures offers two-hour introductory sessions every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm during the season for €15. They are run by Caroline Feely, who, with her husband Sean, makes wine at the Château Haut Garrigue in Saussignac. The sessions begin with a tour of the château’s organic vineyard before moving inside for a more formal explanation of the appellation system, followed by a tasting. Feely also runs classes specialising in the grand cru classe wines, and a food and wine matching class takes place every Thursday afternoon at 3pm during the season; the cost is €25.”

Full atricle here…

Owning a French Vineyard

March 9, 2010

Caroline and Sean Feely own one of the few biodynamic wine properties in “French Vineyards”.  In an interview in today’s Telegraph they talk about how they took the plunge into the world of winemaking…

“The Feelys moved to south-west France five years ago with a toddler, Sophia, now seven, and baby Ellie in tow. In search of a house and separate gite with at least 25 acres of vines… they found exactly what they were looking for…”

 Biodynamic vines at Haut Garrigue, Saussignac

Read the full article here.

For information about staying at Haut Garrigue click here.

Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter – Feb 20th

February 11, 2010

Taste, enjoy and learn about dream Bordeaux wines at this exceptional Encounter.  You can taste 300 fine Bordeaux wines and meet over 70 winemakers. Wine writers Oz Clarke and Michael Schuster will be there to sign their latest books as will yours truly, along with travel guide publisher and eco guru Alastair Sawday.  Yet another COMPETITION will allow one lucky winner to spend a weekend at one of my favourite wineries. It’s Chateau Carbonneau, a fabulous 19th-century manor house and Sainte-Foy Bordeaux vineyards owned by franco-kiwi couple Wilfred and Jacquie Franc de Ferriere.  Here’s a picture of the house and their beautiful Bouvier Bernois!

Vignerons at the launch of French Vineyards

November 5, 2009


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.


Staying in French Wine Country

October 25, 2009

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.