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  • France’s new Minister for Agriculture, Jacques Mézard with Philippe de Rothschild

    New Minister Inaugurates Vinexpo Bordeaux

    France’s new Minister for Agriculture, Jacques Mezard, along with a number of local members of parliament, were present for the official inauguration of the 19th edition of Vinexpo Bordeaux at 10:15 am on 19th June. The opening ceremony; originally planned for Sunday 18th, had to be pushed back to...

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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2018 tasting notes on futures and ratings “en primeur” by Ronald Rens, M.Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Expert

    2016 Lafite Rothschild, a legend in the making

    I tasted in the new tasting room at Lafite in the company of Saskia de Rothschild and Eric Kohler, Lafite Rothschild’s technical director. Eric told me that this year the taster’s glasses were empty as well as the spittoons. He meant that the samples were so good that people...

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  • The Perigord, a Bordeaux Wine Tour extension with a smile

    The Perigord, a Bordeaux Wine Tour extension with a smile The smile of France The Dordogne River is lovingly nicknamed by the French the River of Hope or the Smile of France. Maybe that is what attracted us to the area 17 years ago when we bought our first...

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  • Mouton Cadet vs Mouton Rothschild

    Mouton Cadet, from second wine to largest producer The most drunk Bordeaux in the world is Mouton Cadet. Especially in Asia, many wine lovers think that this is the second wine of Mouton Rothschild, but that’s no longer the case. In the beginning of the 1930’s Mouton Cadet was...

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  • Chateau Ausone building and rebuilding

    Just visiting Chateau Ausone is something very special. Ausone is one of the eight top wines in Bordeaux (Next to the five First Growths, Petrus and Cheval Blanc) and also the smallest of them all. Whit its 7ha (16acres) it is about 10 times as small as a Medoc...

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  • Mythical Petrus 2005

    Petrus 2005, a must have in your cellar?

    2005 is one of the best vintages ever in Bordeaux and already a mythical vintage. Mythical Petrus  was awarded 100 points by Wine Spectator for the2005 vintage . Robert Parker was more severe with “only” 97 points. Drinkable form 2015 to 2080, but who is waiting so long? The...

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  • The score of this weekend's dinner party at our chateau

    Figéac 1990 and Leoville Las Cases 1978 rock!

    The score of this weekend’s dinner party at our chateau. Figeac 1990 was impressive and young. Las Cases 1978 perfectly drinking for 39 years old. Kopke vintage port 1978 to round things off. Lovely night. What would be your preference?

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  • Vinexpo Paris

    Spending 3 days in Paris

    I fell in love with Paris around the same time I fell in love with Ronald. My first visit to the city of lights was with him 30 years ago. And since we have moved to Bordeaux we try to take a trip to Paris at least once a...

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  • Gougères Cheese puffs

    When I moved from the Netherlands to France I had to adopt a whole new set of traditions, habits and rules. I quickly discovered that in France many of the traditions of society involve food in some way or another. One of the traditions that I found easiest to...

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