tjgriffin wrote:Great tasting, I learned a lot. The winery representatives (some owners, some not) were very helpful and accommodating with my many questions.
Thanks for the post. I'm happy to see you had a good time. What was your favorite wine? And your favorite winery to chat with?
Many wineries are certified organic or biodynamic but do not advertise this on their bottles. One gentleman told me that his winery does it because they believe in it philosophically and not for marketing reasons.
Also, Bordeaux Chateaux do not want to be placed in the organic wine category, they want their wines to be sold as Bordeaux, from their appellation.
Aside from Michel Rolland, there are a handful of other well-known consultants working with multiple properties. Is there a concern about too much uniformity in the wines? The châteaux owners would say that their terroirs are unique so it doesn't matter. I remain skeptical.
Each wine is unique. The terroir, and the goals of the winery, as far as styles are different. Also, if you did not know, Michel Rolland is really primarily involved during the blending process, and not so much in the vineyards.
Choice of grape variety is very site specific in St. Émilion. Very. As a guess, I would say that is the same all over Bordeaux today.
This is one of the many changes that has taken place over the past several decades.
At least one winery does not work with négociants, which I thought was great.
Because we're chatting, may I ask why you think it's great?
One question came up that I'm going to post as a new topic.