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The 5 fine and rare wines any wine lover has to try

How many fine and rare wines does the average wine lover get to try, do you think? Not that many. By definition, fine and rare wines are, well, rare. Most of the best wine in the world is made in such limited quantities that very few of us ever get to taste it.

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja: Everything you need to know

On the hunt for a great Spanish wine? Look no further than Marqués de Cáceres Rioja, one of Spain’s best-known Rioja wines. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the top three Marqués de Cáceres Rioja wines: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. First, let’s understand a little more about the […]

3 reasons you must visit Château Lynch-Bages

Any wine tour to Bordeaux would be incomplete without a trip to Château Lynch-Bages. Fans of Bordeaux wine will already be familiar with this top Pauillac estate, ranked as a fifth growth in the well-known 1855 classification. To be ranked as a Grand Cru Classé property, on any tier, is a huge deal for a […]

What does Premier Cru mean for Sauternes wines?

Sauternes is home to the world’s finest sweet wines. Though it’s part of the Bordeaux region, the wines made here could not be any different from red Bordeaux. The unique wines of Sauternes have their own style, and, appropriately, their own quality ranking. If you’ve ever wondered what a Premier Cru Sauternes is, you’re in […]

3 reasons to drink Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is among the finest wines in the world. Located in the St. Julien appellation of Bordeaux, France, the property has been making red Bordeaux wine since the 17th century. It enjoys a deservedly stellar reputation, but it’s not cheap. Some people will never spend hundreds of euros on a bottle of wine, and […]

What does Grand Cru mean in Bordeaux?

Spend enough time around French wine, and you’ll invariably hear the phrase “Grand Cru”. It sounds good, but it’s often misunderstood. It’s easy to see why: The term itself is French for “great growth”, with “growth” in the natural, agricultural sense of the word. Unfortunately, it’s not simply the case that the best vineyards in […]

Is Château Pétrus the world’s best wine?

Bordeaux has no shortage of superstar wines. Names like Château Margaux and Château Cheval Blanc are known and admired throughout the world. Despite their reputation (and price), there is an estate in the small commune of Pomerol whose reputation is even better: Château Pétrus.

How to make sense of Bordeaux wine labels (& drink better wine!)

Some wine labels can be tricky to understand. Take France, where it’s common to label wines according to the region (or subregion) of production instead of the grape variety. This is useful if you happen to have specialist knowledge and know your Gevrey-Chambertin from your Morey-St-Denis, but it can be intimidating for the casual wine […]