- 14 Jun 2015 -

Bordeaux 2015 under the backdrop of Vinexpo

The week leading up to Vinexpo in Bordeaux is always a frenzy, it is in the vineyards when I am reminded of the reason why I am there in the first place. Together with a few mates in the industry we were lucky to arrive before the craze begin and managed to squeeze in a few winery visits to take advantage of our trip to one of the most famous wine regions in the world!

Chateau Palmer is one of the evergreen Super Second, their consistently high quality wines makes it a favorite with a loyal following. We were lucky enough to try one of its blends only made for and served to in-house guests with less than 5% Syrah... enough to give a slight taste of cocoa in the wine.

Another consistently good Super Second wine estate which is always welcoming of visitors from afar is Pontet-Canet.

The weather was kind to us, we managed to escaped the morning rain when we toured the biodynamic vineyards. The only thing we missed is a bit of action from Pontet and Canet here, don't ask me whose who!

Their winery is most impressive in many counts, what distinguished it head and shoulders from other wineries is the sheer magnitude of their operation. It has one of the largest productions of any classified growth in the Médoc with a production of nearly 20,000 cases of its grand-vin, and another 20,000 cases of its second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet.

It was the afternoon leading up to the 200th anniversary of Chateau Margaux. We were incredibly lucky to squeeze in a quick visit to their newly constructed winery, a proud collaboration of Paul Pontallier and Norman Foster.

Chateau Margaux's very own cooperage to ensure their barrels are crafted to their precise specifications.

Bruno Borie from Chateau Beaucaillou is famous for his culinary skills aside from management of his family estate. After a tour of the property and a wine tasting, we enjoyed a scrumptious 4 course dinner organized by Bruno and to boot, he served us Chinese tea with his very own Chinese tea ceremony set and surprised me with an early birthday cake... what a kind and sweet man!

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