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.
Pascal and Marielle have just finished their 22nd harvest at this very pretty winery in the hills above Gauriac in the Côtes de Bourg appellation. Architect Marielle directed the conversion of the ‘maison des vignes’ – a very smart gîte in the midst of the vineyard. She has a passion for interior décor and garden flowers. Her most recent project is the creation of a second gîte which is to include a spa and massage room. Pascal produces some outstanding wines from 15 hectares of merlot, the cabernets and a little malbec. You can find the property’s wines in some of the finest restaurants in France or go along to Gauriac where he’ll be more than happy to give you a taste of his characterful and complex côtes wines.
Pascal and Marielle Méli, Château Bujan, Gauriac 33710