Information about the main viticultural regions. In order to grow vines, very precise climatic conditions are required: vines develop best in temperate climates, in areas located between 30° and 50° north latitude. In this section, we explore the most important wine-producing regions.
Everything you need to know about how some appellations in Bordeaux have established a classified reputation. It isn’t easy to navigate the classification of Bordeaux wines. Some are practically set in stone (1855 classification for Médoc and Sauternes, as well as Graves), whilst others have been the subject of great judicial conflicts (Saint-Emilion, Crus Bourgeois). And others simply don’t exist: this is the case for Pomerol wines.
In the vineyard, when does cutting, trellising and harvesting happen? In the winery, when does vinification finish, when is the juice put in barrels, and when is it bottled? Discover month by month, the key processes carried out in the vineyard and in the cellar, with our calendar of wine production.
How to decipher what you need to know from the bottles and labels themselves. Bottle formats, wine level, labels: all of these are fundamental elements to appreciate the quality of a bottle as a wine connoisseur…without even opening it! This section aims to help you quickly recognise the products with a quality that matches your desires.
Hints and tips for developing a cellar. So that your wines reveal the fullness of their aromas when tasted, you need to preserve them with the greatest care. Bottles for ageing also need to be kept at precise, constant temperatures, in a sufficiently humid place.
From the cellar to the glass, the process of tasting is an art to perfect. It’s a careful job to find the ideal wine to accompany a meal. Indeed, considering the numerous criteria such as the taste, the place, the season and the quality of the product, food and wine pairings can vary enormously.
A glossary of grapes.
The type of grape used to produce a wine effects, to a certain extent, its flavour characteristics. There are many grape varieties stemming from the original Vitis vinifera. The best grape varieties have been selected for the character they give to wine.
Mineral, lively, green, round, mellow… All these precise terms will help you not only to better describe tasting sensations, but also to better understand the complexity of the wine world. Take a look at this essential glossary of the most important terms used by the experts, describing vinification as much as tasting.
To find out more about the origins of the vineyard and its development, check out the different epochs that shaped the vines and viticulture of today. You’ll discover the role played by monks and lords in the Middle Ages, through the emergence of trade with northern Europe and England, as well as the phenomenon of vineyards being concentrated around cities.