Category: Miscellaneous

Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: vive la difference

We talk to Guillaume Pouthier, one of Bordeaux’s most forward-thinking and charismatic winemakers, about his quiet revolution at Ch. Les Carmes Haut-Brion. Type “Ch. Les Carmes Haut-Brion” into Google Maps and you’re in for a surprise. From the air, this dollop of green – surrounded by a criss-cross of roads, houses and a sizeable university […]

Three fine wines to drink this summer

With summer on the horizon, we asked three of our experts which wines they’ll be uncorking over the coming months. They’ve each selected a wine of special importance to them – whether they recall memories of past travels, moments of discovery or the simple pleasure of a delicious drop on a lockdown evening. Ethereal, New World Pinot   […]

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. L’Évangile: from the ground up

L’Évangile, the Pomerol sibling of Ch. Lafite, shows that the great wines of tomorrow start with great terroir today. Here, we speak with Olivier Trégoat and Juliette Couderc, the ambitious new team at the helm  It’s a March morning in Pomerol. Olivier Trégoat and Juliette Couderc sit side-by-side on a Zoom call. They have known each other and worked together for some time, but they are only six months into their latest project – running Ch. L’Évangile.  Olivier is a soil expert whose […]