Category Archives: France

Some of the best Bandols you can buy

I had a conversation with a fellow Bandol fan last night, at 67 Pall Mall in London. We exchanged ideas on the great wines of Bandol and the incredible differences between the wines, particularly interesting given the AOC is not large. We talked soil, and producers and years, decanting times and how wonderful Mourvedre is.…
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Richard Bampfield MW, on why radical transparency might be risky in wine

Here's a recent interview I taped with Richard, where we discussed sustainability in wine. From attitudes and work of major retailers, to sustainability standards and definitions in wine, to why radical transparency might have unforeseen risks, it was a wide ranging and fascinating chat. Enjoy. Highlights include: A brief chat about the Master of Wine qualification…
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Thomas Duroux, CEO, Chateau Palmer, on making Bordeaux sustainable

A few months back I flew to Bordeaux to interview Thomas Duroux, CEO of Chateau Palmer, an iconic Bordeaux property famous for its history, wines (more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon, rare on the left bank) and influence in the region. I'll provide a proper write up of my 30 minute interview with Thomas soon but…
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Chateau Vignelaure, unusual, superb organic Cabernet/Syrah in Provence

A few months back I drove from Nice, where I live, a couple of hours west to meet Philippe Bru, winemaker at Chateau Vignelaure, just east of Aix-en-Provence. At 400 meters in altitude, he makes Vignelaure's red, white, and late harvest wines in a cool climate, with cold nights, on 55 hectares of land. Given the…
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La Bastide Blanche, biodynamic Bandol that’s truly worth exploring

Like many other properties in Bandol, there's not much about La Bastide Blanche in English on the web. That's a real shame given the quality of the wines and the biodynamic/organic approach that Stephane Bourret takes in making superb reds and some rose wines. I visited with a friend, last month and Stephane, like so many Bandol…
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Château de Bellet, organic winemaking in Bellet, near Nice

After a recent visit to Château de Bellet in the hills above Nice, here's a quick post about this unusual little mice-appellation and a podcast with Château de Bellet about their wines below. Bellet as a mini-region covers around 650 hectares, although with only about 70 of these under vine. There are around fifteen family vineyards and…
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