OH YES.... Robert Parker and many other wine critics after tasting in Bordeaux, raved about the high quality of the 2005 Bordeaux.
Another vintage of the Century, already!
Well, my experience of tasting many wines a week - especially when I travelled to France - confirme that statement of high quality vintage.
Now, the prices went to the roof after release - whoever bought during the "primeur" campaign (buying wine while still in barrels at prices below the release price…Continue
Most of you know the difference of course but do you know that the official bureau of Champagne spend $2 millions of Euros a year to protect the name of Champagne in the US alone!
Champagne is a region and a wine appellation protected by law. In many countries, there has been an agreement for not using the name of Champagne for the sparkling wines produced in those countries.
Although, in the US, debates and court appeals are still ongoing between the Champagne bureau and some…Continue
Added by Herve Pennequin on February 7, 2008 at 7:33am — No Comments
I was fortunate to be invited to the last Tour de Champagne in Atlanta. It was at the Ritz Carlton Downtown. The whole room was enlighted with so many Champagne houses that were pouring their best cuvees. For a minimal fee to enter the 3 hour event, you could enjoy POMMERY, KRUG, RUINART, VRANKEN, HEIDSIECK MONOPOLE (the "Blue Top" was the only Champagne featured in the Wine Spectator top 100 wines) as well as many other main brands but also small producers like HEMART, GOERG...
Added by Herve Pennequin on January 28, 2008 at 7:22pm — No Comments
After 9/11, the animosity between both countries were flagrant. I remember watching the news with - as we know now for the wrong reason - angry people pouring French wines on the ground while wearing French perfums, Channel clothes, Cartier jewels, etc...
The import of French wines have suffered for years since. Now with the Euro being so strong and prices that have not decreased from the French wine regions, it looks difficult to afford and find the Chateaux and estates that you will…Continue