Claribès Wins Bronze at IWC

June 15, 2010

Congratulations to Helen and Nick at Chateau Claribès in Gensac near Sainte Foy whose latest wine – Vieille Vigne Malbec – has just been awarded a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London.  This award follows stars from the renowned French wine guide the Guide Hachette and goes to prove that British winemakers are pleasing palates on both sides of the channel!  You can visit Helen and Nick’s organic vineyard, taste their wines and stay in the gite next door to the Chateau – click here for details.

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French Vineyards selected by the Guide Hachette des Vins 2010

April 1, 2010

Surprise, surprise! Over forty wines from the book “French Vineyards” have been selected by the 2010 edition of France’s wine Bible – the Guide Hachette. Serge Dubard’s wonderful red Pécharmant, Les Farcies du Pech’ 2007, is very worthy of its three stars – well done Serge and the team. Nine reds, whites and sparklers won two stars; in total the French Vineyards entries get 39 stars! You can stay at all these award-winning wineries and taste and buy their delicious wines at the cellar door – click on the winery’s name for all the details…

 

 

 

Reds – three stars

Château les Farcies du Pech’ Pécharmant 2007 ***

 

 

 

 

Reds – two stars

Domaine Borgnat, Bourgogne, Coulanges-la-vineuse 2007 **

Château Bujan, Côtes-de-bourg 2007 **

Domaine de l’Europe, Mercurey ‘Les Chazeaux’ 2007 **

Château Ricardelle, Languedoc La Clape ‘Blason’ 2007 **

Château Richelieu, Fronsac 2006 **

Reds – one star

Château Bellevue-Gazin, Premières-côtes-de-blaye 2007 *

Château le Bourdieu, Médoc 2006 *

Domaine de Clapier, Vaucluse 2006 *

Domaine Gayda, Pays d’Oc, ‘Syrah’ 2007 *

Domaine Lucien Jacob, Gevrey-chambertin 2007 *

Domaine des Marrans, Fleurie ‘Terroir du Pavillon’ 2007 *

Mas du Soleilla, Languedoc La Clape ‘Les Bartelles’ 2007 *

Château Monlot, Saint-émilion grand cru 2006 *

Château Pierre de Lune, Saint-émilion grand cru 2006 *

Château de Pintray, Côtes-de-castillon 2006 *

Domaine des Caves du Prieuré, Sancerre 2007 *

Domaine du Roncée, Chinon ‘Clos des Marronniers’ 2007 *

Château Saint-Estève de Néri, Côtes-du-luberon ‘Grande Réserve’ 2007 *

Reds – citation

Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire, Coteaux-varois-en-provence, ‘Cuvée du Prieur’ 2006

Les Amants de la Vigneronne, Faugères, ‘de Chair et de Sang’ 2007

Domaine de Beauséjour, Chinon 2007

Domaine de Bournet, Coteaux de l’Ardèche, ‘Cuvée Notre Dame des Songes’ 2007

Château Sartre, Côtes-de-bourg 2007

Le Clos de Caveau, Vacqueyras, ‘Fruit Sauvage’ 2006

Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Beaune 1er Cru Les Sceaux 2006

Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Côtes-de-nuits-villages ‘Les Perrières’ 2006

Château Pesquié, Côtes-du-ventoux ‘Terrasses’ 2007

Whites – two stars

Domaine Agapé, Alsace Riesling, ‘Isa’ 2007 **

Thierry Violot-Guillemard, Auxey-duresses 1er cru Les Reugnes 2007 **

Whites – one star

Château de Claribès, Sainte-foy-bordeaux 2008 *

Horcher, Alsace Riesling, ‘Cuvée Sélection’ 2007 *

Château de la Tuilerie, Costières-de-nîmes 2007 *

Whites – citation

Château Carbonneau, Sainte-foy-bordeaux, ‘Cuvée Margot Sauvignon blanc’ 2008

Domaine Guillot-Broux, Mâcon-villages Cruzille ‘Les Perrières’ 2006

Halbeisen, Alsace grand cru Altenberg-de-bergheim Gewurztraminer 2007

Château de Melin, Saint-romain ‘Sous Chateau’ 2007

Château de Pitray, Montlouis-sur-loire sec 2007

Rosés – one star

Domaine de Garbelle, Coteaux-varois-en-provence 2008 *

Rosés – citation

Domaine de Saint-Ferréol, Coteaux-varois-en-provence 2008

Sparking – two stars

Domaine du Clos de l’Épinay, Vouvray, Brut 2006 **

Pierson-Whitaker, Champagne ‘Réserve’ **

Read about them all in the book “French Vineyards” by Alastair Sawday’s.