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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.


Fred Brander – a Vinter of the Year

Pioneering winemaker Fred Brander is being honored as Vintner of the Year at the February 17, 2018, Santa Barbara Wine Auction. The biennial auction is a benefit for Direct Relief and is coordinated in part by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Buellton-based trade association Santa Barbara Vintners.

Originally from Argentina, Brander grew up in Santa Barbara, and later earned a master’s degree in food science with an enology emphasis from University of California, Davis. He and his father established The Brander Vineyard when they purchased 40 acres in Los Olivos. They planted their first vineyard in 1975 and broke ground on their winery in 1979. Brander specializes in Bordeaux varietals, including sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon.

Brander is known for his advocacy of Santa Barbara County wines. He spent nearly a decade working on the establishment of the Los Olivos District AVA. His petition to the federal government was approved in February 2016.

“Fred is one of the pioneers here. It’s wonderful to be able to honor someone who has been in the business as long as he has,” said Vintners Foundation Past President Frank Ostini. “He proved that Bordeaux varietals could grow in the Santa Ynez Valley and led the efforts to have the Los Olivos District AVA come into being. Plus, Fred is just a funny guy.”




Le Colture, opens in Bordeaux La Cité du Vin


It’s signed by Le Colture  the only Superiore di Cartizze in wine list in the place which is shaping up as the emblem of World wine tourism

It’s one of the most anticipated events of the 2016 the opening of “La Cité du Vin” in Bordeaux, the first city-museum in the world entirely devoted to wine which will be inaugurated on May 31st, 2016 in the presence of the French President, François Hollande and from June 1st open to the public.

A wonderful opportunity for the Az. Agr. Le Colture will mean a showcase of prestigious international flavor; the Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze infact, award-winning wine from Santo Stefano, will be the only Cartizze in the wine list at the panoramic restaurant Le 7, the bar à vin and snacks gourmand Latitude20, and La Boutique et Cave inside an overall proposal of 800 wine references from over 80 countries around the world.

Cartizze btgThe selection of wines, 70 of them Italians, was edited by Andreas Larsson, sommelier world champion in 2007 alongside a Tasting Committee chaired by Michel Rolland.

“It’s irrepressible happiness and satisfaction that you breathe in Le Colture  these days – says Alberto Ruggeri – Representing the Cru par excellence of Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG designation in such a context, we are proud of our daily work. My family and I are thrilled with this result which is both a great honor and a great responsibility in maintaining the quality of our wines. “.

The Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze comes from the homonymous subzone, a very small area of an amphitheater vineyard, corresponding to the steepest hills between the towns of Santo Stefano and Saccol where the soil of sandstone and clay allows Glera grapes full maturation and an unusual concentration of aromas. The production reaches about 20,000 bottles a year.

La Cité du Vin, overlooking the Garonne, has a futuristic design inspired by the sinuous shape of a large decanter, a total area of 13,350 square meters distributed over 10 floors and a height of 55 meters, and is set to become the emblem of World wine tourism. Its purpose, enhance and transmit wine as a precious heritage through a real sensory adventure in time and space to discover its more profound difference in a unmissable journey through civilizations of the world.

450,000 estimated presences for the first year from all over the globe in what is already ranked second places to visit for the New York Times, among the 10 large architectural openings expected in the world according to the Huffington Post, among the 40 destinations to spend the holidays for the Guardian, one of the 20 travel destinations for El Pais.


Decanter World Wine Awards #wine #awards #Bordeaux


Last Sunday, on 14th June, the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, that is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition were published.

A list of 15,929 wines had been judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, where there were 35 international trophies, that it is the highest accolade a wine can achieve at the DWWA.

Among them there were 19 white wines, 14 red wines and 2 pink wines and at the same time eight of them come from France, six from Australia, five from South Africa and four from Spain.

Moreover, the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals was given to the Spanish Miguel Torres, for its Reserva Real 2010 (Penedes, Catalonia). This wine, created in the 1990s is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and it is a further example of Spain’s growing reputation for quality.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.






More than a winemakers’ vintage: a vintage that required cool-headedness and a tailored approach!


If there are vintages for which the precision of the work in the vineyard is particularly important, then 2011 is a fine example!


The dry weather and early development of the vines were key factors for this vintage, and it was thanks to the precision of the work in the vineyard that we were able to extract the full potential of every plot.


Leaves were removed in the spring on a parsimonious basis, depending on each vine; the first green harvests take into account the age of the vines and their root development, with a view to avoiding stress. This meticulous work carried out by the Château’s permanent team continued after the beneficial rain in mid-July with a second removal of leaves and thinning of the bunches in August in order ensure uniform ripening, which had been uneven due to the dry weather between May and July. The minimum use of pesticides approach (full ploughing, grassing, no herbicides, mixed hedges surrounding the vineyard…) initiated more than ten years ago also contributes to balanced ripening and the aromatic complexity of the grapes, particularly in the more complicated vintages…


At harvest, the grapes had reached optimal ripeness with very satisfactory balances, but selection was still important and extremely thorough. More successive sortings were necessary for the white grapes than for a more classic vintage, and the sorting of the red grapes was a huge task.


In the vats, the extractions were slow, but we prefer to let time have its effect… This patience is rewarded because as a result of this slow process, the grapes release silky, beautifully formed tannins.




The wines produced at Malartic-Lagravière in 2011 offer superb purity of fruit, very rich and yet also very refined, accompanied by a silky, elegant, complex tannin structure. Definitely a vintage to taste as soon as you can!

Mrs Severine Bonnie of Chateau malartic-Lagravière with our editor