Category: Bordeaux Wine

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); […]

Ch. Brane-Cantenac: the pursuit of precision

Henri Lurton makes one of Margaux’s most beguiling wines at his home estate, Ch. Brane-Cantenac. His approach is both technical and traditional, he tells us. Ch. Brane-Cantenac was classified as a second growth in 1855. It has been in the Lurton family for four generations; owner-winemaker Henri Lurton was born here and has worked every […]

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: […]