2011 was a Great Year at Chateau Suduiraut

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2011 was a great year at Chateau Suduiraut and blending those wines was really exciting. In fact, the last ten years have been something rather exceptional for the region. The last three years (2011, 2010 and 2009) were all magnificent. And before that we had a succesion of great vintages with 2007, 2005, 2003 and 2001. I am not sure there has ever been such a great series in the history of Sauternes. Let’s pay a visit to the vineyard and ask Pierre Montegut, who is in charge of Chateau Suduiraut, what happened during this year 2011 and why it is so remarkable.

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The cot de retour
Château Suduiraut

Blending 2011 wines at Mas Belles Eaux

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Today, I suggest a stop at Mas Belles Eaux, our property in Languedoc Roussillon situated between Caux and Pezenas. Together with Daniel LLose, Technical Director of the properties of Axa Millesimes and Cédric Loiseau, Technical Director of Mas Belles Eaux, we are enjoying the fascinating exercise of making the blends of the 2011 vintage.

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The “Taille Medocaine” at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

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It is pruning time here in Bordeaux. This is a short video clip showing Alexandra Lebossé and Joël Dupuy in the vineyard at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, demonstrating how we prune here.

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Here are a couple of photographs which illustrate more closely the operations Joël performs in the video.

Joël about to prune the cot de retour for next year’s growth.
Joël about to prune the cot de retour for next year’s growth.
The cot de retour
The cot de retour
Overview of a pruned vine. Taille Médocaine.
Overview of a pruned vine. Taille Médocaine.
Detail of the cot de retour on the same vine.
Detail of the cot de retour on the same vine.

Video Clips at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

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Château Pichon-Longueville - QR code and its mobile website

We have just launched the Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Quick Response Code (QR code) and its mobile website. I think the idea is great, giving people the chance to find out more about the property and the people behind the wine, just by scanning the QR code with a smartphone on the back of the bottle.

The QR code is on CChâteau Pichon-Longueville Baron bottles from 2009 vintage onwards. It will also be supplied to retailers and restaurants to give their customers access to this information for older vintages.

Here are the three video clips that appear when you scan this QR code.

If you have trouble watching the video “The identity of Château Pichon-Longueville Baron”,
view the web version here

If you have trouble watching the video “Fining with egg white”,
view the web version here

If you have trouble watching the video “The first tasting of the 2011 vintage”,
view the web version here