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A Chinese buys top winery in Bordeaux

Chinese businessman Peter Kwok bought a prestigious grand cru in Bordeaux region, one more gem in his growing collection of French wines Chateaux.

Peter Kwok

The transaction was signed in the last days of 2017. Bellefont-Belcier, already bought by a Chinese in 2012 had been sold to a Cypriot in 2015. A new page is written for this area of Saint-Laurent des Combes in Gironde, which aims to make quality and the highest steps of Saint-Emilion.

Bellefont-Belcier, it is a great name of Saint-Emilion, a classified growth which was the first classified growth bought by a Chinese industrialist in 2012. This property of 13,5 ha is located between the Château Larcis Ducasse and the Château Roteboeuf, on the west of Saint-Emilion, not far from Château Pavie 1er cru classé A

Bellefont Belcier is the 7th castle acquired by Peter Kwok, after Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson, Château La Patache, Tourmaline Enclosure, Enclos de Viaud and Château Le Rey, Peter Kwok, is a businessman from Hong Kong, born in Vietnam. He never hid his love for French culture. He was the first “Chinese” investor to buy a vineyard in its entirety in 1997 with Château Haut-Brisson.

Like other areas, the vineyard will be managed by the team of Vignobles K with Jean-Christophe Meyrou as general manager whose goal is to bring Bellefont-Belcier to a higher level of quality.

According to the French renowned expert the property  has welcomed VIP guests including Royals, namely Juan Carlos of Spain.

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Champagne will meet growing demand

At a meeting between the Syndicat Général des Vignerons (SGV) and the Unions des Maisons de Champagne (UMC) on 21 July in Epernay, it was agreed to fix 2017’s marketable yield at 10,800 kilograms per hectare, which is identical to last year’s figure.

However, this year’s limit includes the release of 500kg/ha from the reserve – still wine held in tanks, which is held back as security in case of a bad harvest, as well as to add balance and complexity to non-vintage blends.

As the quantity from the reserve is significantly lower than last year’s figure, which was 1,100kg/ha, it means that the amount of grapes that can be picked for making base wine for Champagne from this year’s harvest is higher in 2017 – it was agreed to set 2017’s harvest yield at 10,300 kilograms per hectare with the aforementioned 500kg/ha from the reserve taking the total to 10,800kg/ha.

Last year’s large allowance from the reserve was granted because the 2016 vintage was naturally low-yielding by Champagne standards due to late spring frosts, hail and, as a result, a high incidence of grey rot in the region.

In other words, to reach the desired 10,800kg/ha for 2016, more wine had to be released from still wine from previous harvests.

In contrast, this year, the Comité Champagne has recorded good conditions in the vineyards and a favourable weather forecast for harvesting, which together should ensure a natural yield of around 10-11,000kg/ha on average in the region.

It will be an early harvest too, with unusually warm weather early on in the season bringing forward the growing cycle by 10 days compared to the average over the past decade, according to the Comité Champagne, which has also forecast that harvesting will start in late August, making 2017 among the five earliest harvest start-dates in the region’s history. (Other vintages with an August start-date are 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2013).

With the total marketable yield for Champagne remaining the same, it is clear that the region is attempting to prevent an oversupply of Champagne, and this year’s limit continues a trend of keeping supply below 11,000kg/ha since 2013, when total yields were set at 10,500kg/ha (lower than the 11,000kg/ha total set in 2012, which in turn marked a 12% decrease on 2011).

But, while the total yield is the same in 2017 as 2016, retaining an identical level of supply actually points to a positive mood in the region – a yield of 10,800kg/ha translates into roughly 315 million bottles, which, in 2016, was significantly greater than worldwide sales of Champagne, which totalled 306 million.

Indeed, in January this year Michel Letter, the director of Mumm said during a discussion about yields from the 2016 harvest – that the region had thought sales of Champagne would be higher when the decision on yields was made in mid-2016.

“We were a bit optimistic”, he said, pointing out that the global market for Champagne was looking more promising in May and June last year when the yields were set, adding that the French and UK markets had declined more than expected, while the US had not risen as much as many in Champagne had initially thought.

Moving forward to the situation today, the Comité Champagne pointed out that marketable yield of 10,800kg/ha gives Champagne “the means to meet a growing demand”.

Wine must-know terms for holidays

The basic wine terms might be very useful during vacations, especially in Europe, with its ancient grape-culture. It is not necessary to get in-depth, but below there are some terms we would recommend to keep in mind, while entering a restaurant in Italy or France, or Spain.

In reality the wine terms in these countries could be traces to days of Roman Empire and beyond, however for a tourist it would be beneficiary to master some basics. Here are the basics to make your conversation with a sommelier a meaningful experience:)

  • Tanins – Naturally occurring compounds in grape seeds, skin and stems that will make wine taste “astringent and dry.” Bitterness in red wine is what is called tannin.
  • Varietal – The type of grape that your wine is made from. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay, varietals are the most common wine identifiers.
  • Terroir – How the environment grapes are grown in affects the taste of your wine, from soil to climate.
  • Oaky – One of the most famous descriptors of wine. It’s when your wine has wooden undertones, usually thanks to the barrels it was aged in.
  • Bouquet – the terms wine aroma and wine bouquet are not exactly scientific but they can be useful to classify the origin of where the smells come from in wine. A wine aroma is derived from the grape variety and a wine bouquet is derived from the winemaking process of fermentation and aging. A classic example of a wine bouquet is the smell of vanilla, which usually comes from aging wine in new oak barrels.
  • Sweet vs. dry – Sweet wines are usually easier for novices to swallow than drier wines. Dry wines have more undertones of tanins and may make your mouth feel more sensations.
  • Light vs. full-bodied – Lighter-bodied wines go with light dinners and summertime. They usually have higher acidity and lower tanins. Fuller-bodied wines go with a steak dinner and cold winter nights. They are low in acidity and drier.
  • Finish – The aftertaste of wine. Does the taste last for a while after you swallow? This is the difference between a short finish and a long finish. Simpler wines tend to have a shorter finish, while more complex or older wines tend to have a longer finish.

San Giacomo Cantina #abruzzo #sangiacomo #wine

Cantina San Giacomo

San Giacomo Cantina is located in Rocca San Giovanni, in Chieti province, between Trabocchi coast and luxuriant hills, a perfect combination of natural environments.  San Giacomo winery offers wines of aromatic fragrances, fullbodied red wines and white wines of exquisite and delicate tastes. The most famous local white grapes are Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Chardonnay, Pecorino and Moscato, whereas red grapes are Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo, San Giovese and Merlot, other than renowned sparkling wines and excellent fine liquors.

The cellar also produces genuine food of extraordinary quality such as jams, pasta, marinated preserves and the savory Pecorino d’Abruzzo cheese. All these products are made by the passion and the enthusiasm of the almost two hundred workers, who collaborate to improve the production, recently the Cantina has started to produce wine made by organic grapes.

Near San Giacomo Cantina there is a shop where you can have an amazing gastronomic experience and you can choose between a wide variety of goods that will satisfy your desires.

San Giacomo Cantina website:

http://www.cantinasangiacomo.it/web/it/?lang=en

Valentina Gagliano

 

 

Musico Montalcino winery #tuscany #wine #montalcino #italy

 

Musico montalcino

Martini family is one of the most renowned and oldest family in Montalcino city, in Tuscany. Love and passion for winery and wine production have been passed down from one generation to another.

Most of the family members were farmer and they worked in their vineyards and in Maremma region too. One of the most esteemed farmer was Renato Martini, whose abilities and manual skills were really appreciated by land owners.

In 1980, the business man Giovanni Martini, deeply interested in viniculture decided to buy some vineyards, becoming a major producer of wine. His son, Guido Martini, inherited the enterprise from the father and he tried to keep family tradition in his production.

The annual production it’s around 5,000 bottles of Brunello, 3,000 of  Rosso di Montalcino and 2,000 of IGT. In addiction the winery also produces 1,000 bottles of olive oil and the Brunello Grappa.

The wines produced are of excellent quality, labels of bottles are made of a personalized design, very attractive for buyers. Wines are mainly created thanks to fermentation of Sangiovese grape, the most widely planted grape variety in Italy.

We have been charmed by the Brunello di Montalcino which is a very balanced wine, not too strong, with a fantastic expression of the san giovese. A wine, first of all very elegant with silk tannins, a perfect acidity and a lovely aftertaste.

Musico Montalcino winery website: http://musico.pro/en

Valentina Gagliano

Miguel Damien Desnerck

The Paraguayan secret: The best Latin American winery #wine #cellar #Latinamerica

In City of the East, the second largest city of Paraguay, in the subsoil of tmonalisa-rebajadohe shopping mall called Monalisa, it is found the best winery of all Latin America.

Accross the commercialisation of all different kind of products in this shopping center, stairs on the ground floor of the building offer space to an extensive winery of around one thousand square meters.

Inside of it there could be found around 200,000 bottles of the bests wines from all over the world, where the majority of them come from France (especially from Bordeaux) but also from Spain, Portugal and Chile.

The majority of the customers come from Brasil or Argentina and that is the reason why Argentine wines are not sold because they want to offer special products that cannot be found in the Latin American countries.

The winery operates for fifteen years and it is characterized because of its fabolous temperature, being between 14 and 17 degrees with almost 70% humidity. Moreover, it does not deliver products to make customers going there to enjoy both city and the best winery of the entire “Mercosur”.

Customers could also find wines valued on 3,000 dollars that are not consumed but they are kept for exposition and saved as a true relic.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

 

 

The largest wine collection takes place in Moldova #wine #cellar #Moldova

milestii_mici-3Its name is Milestii Mici and it is the biggest cellar of  the world which  has around 2 million of wine bottles highly appreciated. Also known as “The Golden Collection”, 70% of the production is red wine.

Milestii Mici, is a town dedicated to wine production and it is located 20 km far from Chisinau, capital of Moldova.

The winery has complex underground galleries that are spread over a total of 250 km of which about 50 km are used.

In August 2005, Milestii Mici won the Guiness Records award as the largest wine collection in the world. Its wines are exported to several countries as Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, United States and Japan.

For visitors, there is the opportunity of booking a tour on which you will be able to choose the date, time and language and after that, there is the chance of select and taste different “Milestii Mici wines”.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

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