St. Estephe

Musings on the Haut-Medoc

Musings on the Haut-Medoc

Post by Chuck Hayward & Alex Fondren | April 11th, 2013

Margaux vines

Margaux vines

En primeur week is approaching the halfway point today and it is around this time when initial impressions turn into comfortable assumptions. Us wine professionals are always searching for threads and themes that we can weave together into a story that might interest our readers.

JJ Buckley is getting ready to leave the reaches of the Medoc to get acquainted with the new releases the Right Bank. But before we venture into unchartered territories, this looks like a good opportunity to take a retrospective look at the 2012s from the Medoc.
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Homage á Bages: Dinner with Jean-Charles Cazes

Homage á Bages: Dinner with Jean-Charles Cazes

Post by Alex Shaw | April 1st, 2012

Not surprisingly our trip to Bordeaux is not ALL about the wine: this is France after all. During the day, our entire focus is on tasting wine (upwards of 100

Restaurant Cordeillan-Bages

today alone). But once the sun sets, we get treated to some of the greatest food in the world. Typically our dinners are in chateaux: with their grand rooms, high ceilings, and Renaissance art, they certainly inspire awe. But this evening, a few of us were fortunate to dine with Jean-Charles Cazes from Chateau Lynch-Bages.

After our tasting of Lynch-Bages’ four 2011 releases (Les Ormes de Pez, in St. Estephe, Lynch Bages, Echo de Lynch Bages, the house’s second wine, and Blanc de Lynch Bages) at the chateau, we drove around the corner to Cordeillan-Bages, the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s not a stretch to say that this was the single greatest meal I’ve had out of my three trips to Bordeaux for en primeur. (more…)