Château Pichon-Longueville Baron: the Traditional Racking Process

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This week, we are in the cellars of Château Pichon-Longueville Baron with Alexandra Lebossé who will explain to us the procedure of racking the wines as we do it here.

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If you haven’t visited Château Pichon-Longueville Baron before, or have not been here recently, this new underground cellar, which was completed in 2006, is a magnificent place both to work and to visit. It is situated under the stretch of water in front of the chateau, so that sunlight passes through the water, through the skylights and so down to the cellar below.

But as you can see, during the process of racking, Pierre Bustamante’s attention is focused entirely on the wine. It is vitally important work, one of the many repetitive tasks that demand the total attention and dedication of the people entrusted with the work, without which we would never be able to achieve the desired final quality in the bottle.

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Noval Black

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We were on the road in Paris with Noval Black a few days ago and filmed these two videos of two star Parisian barmen mixing their perfect cocktail featuring Noval Black as an ingredient.

Video n° 1 stars Joseph of the cocktail bar at the Forum in Paris:

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I think he called the cocktail “Le Douro Hollandais” in honour of the newly elected president of France.

Video n°2 stars Jeremy at Le Bar, Shangri-La hotel, Paris:

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Both of them were delicious but I think require fairly specialist skills in preparation, but they do show that it is possible to have fun with Port in this way, and that’s the main point.

Noval Black was launched in January 2010, with the specific aim of bringing Port to people who might not otherwise have tried it, although I have had some good comments from regular Noval drinkers as well. I had thought for a long time – and still do – that the image Port can sometimes have, linked to traditional images of old fashioned gents passing the Port in their clubs, has very little to do with the exciting vibrant wine that Port can be. The whole idea of the Noval Black project was to bring a Port to the market that would bridge that gap. It has been quite a success.

You can check out the website on this address:  www.novalblack.com

Apart from the film which is a lot of fun, there is a full explanation of what Noval Black is all about, as well as some more cocktail recipes, specially devised for Noval Black by the great Jim Mehan of the New York PDT Bar. But don’t forget that it is also extremely delicious on its own. Enjoy!

QR Code Château Suduiraut

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The new mobile site of Chateau Suduiraut has a lot of unmissable information.

There are some great moments we would like to share with you in the vineyard and in the cellars. Enter the world of this great wine of Sauternes with our QR Code.

The QR code is on the back of the bottles of all Château Suduiraut’s wines from 2010 vintage onwards.

QRCode Chateau Suduiraut
QRCode Chateau Suduiraut
Chateau Suduiraut IPhone
Château Suduiraut's mobile website