Merlot: rags and riches

It is widely grown around the world, and its wines range from the simple and juicy to the sublime and ethereal. But Merlot reaches its zenith on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, says Mark Pardoe MW. It would probably be faster to list the wine-producing countries where Merlot is not grown. This is a ubiquitous grape variety, […]

Bordeaux 2020: Sauternes and Barsac

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director looks at Sauternes and Barsac, based on a conversation with Olivier Castéja of Ch. Doisy-Védrines. At a glance: Sauternes and Barsac in 2020 Hectares under vine: 2,217 Average yield: 12hl/ha in 2020 (14hl/ha in ’19); […]

Bordeaux 2020: dry white wines

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director considers the dry white wines of Pessac-Léognan and Graves, based on a conversation with Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier. At a glance: Graves and Pessac-Léognan whites Hectares under vine: 937 Average yield: 36hl/ha in […]

Bordeaux 2020: Pessac-Léognan reds

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director looks at the red wines of Pessac-Léognan, based on conversations with Véronique Sanders of Ch. Haut-Bailly and Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier. At a glance: Pessac-Léognan in 2020 Hectares under vine: 1,791 Average yield: […]