» How to Read a French Wine Label
October 5, 2010
By Gregory Dal Piaz
I think, it's important to check that the wine was bottled at a chateau, not by a cooperative. Also, many distinguished chateau sell "second grape" wines; make sure you know what you are buying.
Oct 05, 2010 at
You're right Martin it has happened to me. The resultant deterioration of quality is marked when it is not authentic.It has usually lost its essential Bordeaux character and has a watery quality which could be anything from Bordeaux to Provence.It think this more likely to happen when purchasing outside France.
Oct 07, 2010 at
Four famous "communes" (districts) produce the very best wine from the Medoc. From north to south, these communes are: St-Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julien, and Margaux. You can usually figure out what commune a Medoc wine comes from by its label. In the example of Chateau Loudenne, its commune is St. Yzans, located a few kilometers north of St-Estephe. Note that the label on the bottle contains the information about the producer at "Saint-Yzans-de Medoc." Similar geographical information is found on most Medoc wines. Good medium quality wine is made at communes near the "big four." I like to use my "World Atlas of Wine" when I don't have a clue where a chateau in the Medoc is located.
Oct 25, 2010 at