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Archive from July 2010

More Medals for Château Beau Rivage

Congratulations to our partner, Château Beau Rivage, who picked up a gold and silver medal at the Concours de Bordeaux 2010 in the Bordeaux Supérieur category.


 concours de Bordeaux 2010  Concours de Bordeaux 2010

A gold medal for the Raphaël 2007, and a silver medal for the Château Beau Rivage 2006, the wine chosen for the clients of the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience

The medals were awarded at the Salon de l'Agriculture d'Aquitaine, and follow on from the other medals that the winery has won this year at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris and the Concours des Vignerons Indépendants.

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Great Wine Discovery Experience Day spent in Bordeaux

Last Saturday, we spent a sunny day on the banks of the Garonne river with clients of the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience at Château Beau Rivage.

Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience Day in Bordeaux

After a brief introduction to the region and the winery, we headed straight out into the vineyard with Christophe Issartier from Château Beau Rivage.

Explaining the different grape varieties, Merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot

Christophe showed us the differences between the five grape varieties grown on the estate, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot, and explained the work that has been done thus far in cultivating the vines.


A Vine Surprise

There was a surprise awaiting the clients when they met their adopted vines. 

Rent a Vine Sign

Christine and Christophe had arranged for the family cooperage to make wooden sign posts with the name of each client of the Wine Discovery Experience Day burnt into the wood.  The clients could take them away with them at the end of the day, and those clients who will be coming back for the harvest experience day chose to leave them to age next to their adopted vines before reclaiming them!


To Work

We then made our way to the petit verdot vines for some leaf removal work, "effeuillage".  At Château Beau Rivage, the petit verdot vines are the first to be worked on in this way because their grapes take the longest to ripen because of their relatively thick skins. Conversely they are the last vines to be harvested.

Effeuillage - removing leaves from the petit verdot vines

The work consisted of removing some of the leaves from around grapes that are already well formed.  This task enables more sunlight to reach the grapes, allowing them to ripen faster, and also for a better circulation of air, which reduces the risk of rot.


A Well Deserved Fresh Claret

After the couple of hours spent in the vineyard under the baking sun, the wine tasting session in the shade of the trees was most welcome!

Wine Tasting Claret, Château Beau Rivage and Clos de Bohème

To start with a Joly Rivage 2009, the claret that is produced by the winery, followed by a Château Beau Rivage 2006 and 2002, before finishing with the Clos de Bohème 2005 with the meal.


The Chai and the Cellar

The afternoon started in the "chai" with an explanation of the work that will be done during the harvest time to receive the grapes and start the fermentation process in the vats.  Each grape variety is fermented and matured separately, which increase the workload, but ensures a better quality wine.

The Chai

In the cellar, we tasted cabernet sauvignon and merlot from the 2009 vintage straight from the barrels, and tasted the marked differences of the grape varieties, and also from the different French and American oak used in making the barrels.

Wine Tasting 2009 Bordeaux straight from the barrel


A fantastic wine experience day, informative and fun, which enabled us to get an insight into the life of a winemaker, and the care and work taken to cultivate the vines.

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