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The Sweet Bordeaux Château La Bouade 2009 and Guiraud 2009 obtained prestigious titles in the United States. They reward their exceptional qualities.
Château Guiraud Sauternes 2009, first Grand cru classé 1855, ranked fifth over on the list of one hundred best wines of the year 2012, filed by Wine Spectator, an American magazine, with a score of 96 out of 100. Indeed, every year since 1988, Wine Spectator makes a list of the top 100 wines tasted during the year. The goal is to promote trends and producers, as well as wine regions and vintages from around the world. Château Guiraud 2009 has been selected among over 17,000 wines in blind tastings. 5500 wines with scores above 90/100 percent have been selected according to four criteria: quality, price, availability, and the “X factor” provided by the producer and the wine region it comes from. Thus, with 96 points, Château Guiraud 2009 is above the overall average (93 points). The magazine chose to “highly recommend” this wine to its readers. The description, conducted by the editors of Wine Spectator, assures: "2009 was a very good year for Bordeaux red and the sweet white wines of the region are also impressive. 2009 is the best year since 2001". Good news for a great wine that has a worldwide reputation.
Platinum Medal for Château La Bouade 2009
Château La Bouade 2009 has, meanwhile, earned the most honorific title while competing in the 2nd edition of the “best French wines in the United States” challenge. This vintage shares its platinum medal with two other wines over the 589 in the competition. This means that the bonus rewarding excellence (by strict tasting) is important. The professional jury presented the medal to the Château La Bouade 2009, as it was given a score between 18.5 and 20 out of 20. The jury (owners of large hotels and restaurants from the southeast of the United States, sommeliers and wine experts from overseas) decided that “the château La Bouade 2009 brings together all the elements of a wine that has received the gold medal, but it also shows uncommon bottle scalability. This is an exceptional bottle, the kind to be collected or opened for a very special occasion. ” After the formal award ceremony that took place in Miami, the wine was paired with dishes with Mediterranean and Italian influences for a perfect match. Here’s an affordable wine, which will be talked about in years to come, for sure!
Ripening is the ultimate stage in the vineyard’s cycle. This is when the grapes mature, before you harvest them. Ripening takes place in July and August and the timing depends on climatic conditions.
What happens during ripening in the Sweet Bordeaux vineyards? It’s simple, vines stop growing, and the grapes change color. Beginning mid-July, white grapes begin to ripen, but it’s less obvious than red grapes. Pale grapes of Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscat are more colorful when observed in the sunlight.
During summer, branches also change color, from green to brown. In this case, the phenomenon is called the “August phenomenon" (it occurs most often in August).
While observing his vineyards, the Sweet Bordeaux winemaker will have to be ready because the harvest approaches. Ripening is followed carefully in order to evaluate the Botrytis cinerea's development. It will determine the exact moment when the grapes are perfectly ripe, and can be harvested. This decision is difficult to make and is different every year as conditions are never the same…
Sometimes, unexpected guests show up. Hopefully, they have brought a bottle of Sweet Bordeaux wine… And you are able to prepare an appetizer in less than 14 minutes… The solution: Bread with sundried tomatoes and anchovies! This recipe is easy to make and is the perfect appetizer especially during the summer!
Recipe for 4 people:
10 minutes preparation - 4 minutes cooking time
The toasts are ready - enjoy them with a Sweet Bordeaux wine!
Recognizable by its pale yellow grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is an essential grape for Sweet Bordeaux. Very popular abroad, the so-called “sô-vin-yon-blonk” in English, comes from Bordeaux. Cultivated for centuries, it has been used in the Graves vineyards since the 18th century.
Often used for making dry white wines, Sauvignon Blanc is also famous for its sugar content and its aromatic qualities. For these two reasons, this grape variety is part of the composition of Sweet Bordeaux wines.
To make a good Sweet Bordeaux with a golden color, Sauvignon Blanc is associated with Semillon and Muscat. Although Semillon is mainly used, there is almost 20% Sauvignon Blanc.
These two varieties are harvested late. Wine makers voluntarily let them mature to develop the aromas contained in the grapes. This gives the wine its richness, complexity and sweetness.
Sauvignon Blanc brings freshness and also citrus, lemon, tropical fruit, or white flower aromas.
Here is an easy recipe. These tasty crab verrines require only 10 minutes of preparation! The crab’s sweetness combined with a sweet fruity wine is a great combination as summer appetizer…
For 4 people: 10 minutes of preparation
Muscadelle is the third and last grape that used in Sweet Bordeaux wines alongside semillon and white sauvignon. Less common than the other two species, Muscadelle is a white grape traditionally used in Bordeaux vineyards.
Sometimes used for dry white wines, it is also famous for its floral flavor in sweet wines. Muscadelle is characterized by its acacia and honeysuckle aromas, and even exotic fruits. It also brings a little musky flavor to Sweet Bordeaux wines. Unfortunately, Muscadelle is difficult to cultivate. This specie is more sensitive to diseases than other species.
Muscadelle matures very quickly. Its berries may, as Semillon, being invaded by the famous fungus botrytis cinerea. That’s the moment when the sugar content increase…
Last July (12th to 15th) was held the first edition of the Wine & Dine Dalian Festival in China. This festival, dedicated to wine and gastronomy, has been positive for the Sweet Bordeaux wines which were able to present their delicious wines to visitors…
This first edition was a success for Sweet Bordeaux wines
During four days, 10 Sweet Bordeaux winemakers encouraged the visitors to taste their wines. A lot of people came to the booth. Almost 2000 tastings took place!
An amazing figure which confirms once again the interest of people for Sweet Bordeaux wines. “Whether in Hong Kong or in Bordeaux, Sweet Bordeaux wines’ tastings are always close to the record,” told Michel Boyer, a Loupiac winemaker.
The Wine & Dine Dalian Festival also allowed Sweet Bordeaux winemakers to meet with importers during half a day dedicated to professionals.
A real appeal for Sweet Bordeaux wines
There is a reason behind the success of Sweet Bordeaux wines : “Typically, the consumer is surprised by the astringency of Bordeaux red wines, very tannic. However, with Sweet Bordeaux wines, this is different,” says Michel Boyer “because sweet wines pair perfectly with Asian food.”
Sweet Bordeaux wines in the lights of the Conrad Hilton luxury bar
Friday, July 13th, 2012, Sweet Bordeaux wines were at the launch of the Conrad Hilton bar in Dalian. Over 120 people and many journalists were impressed by the sweetness of Sweet Bordeaux wines : “All the opened Sweet Bordeaux bottles finished empty,” said Michel Boyer. They discovered Sweet Bordeaux’ complex flavors. It was also the opportunity for Sweet Bordeaux wines to induct important personalities thanks to the Loupiac Wine Brotherhood. Thus, hotel manager, wine importers, teachers, wine lovers … had the privilege to be inducted.
The next appointment to find the Sweet Bordeaux wines will be the traditional Wine & Dine Festival in Hong Kong from November 1st to 4th 2012.
The Sweet Bordeaux pavilion was a huge success at the last Bordeaux Wine Festival with over 35,000 wine tastings! What about the Bordeaux Wine Festival in Quebec?
The mayor of Quebec decided to organize this festival in his city because he really appreciated the event’s concept, which he attended several times.
In honor of the Grand Prix Cycliste of Quebec and the 50th anniversary of the twin cities of Quebec and Bordeaux, the Wine Festival is taking place in Quebec during 4 days! From September 6th to 9th 2012, the Bordeaux Wine Festival will be held at Quebec harbor. The Quebecois will be discovering French wines, especially Sweet Bordeaux wines!
The Bordeaux Wine Festival in Quebec is organized as a large village, where Bordeaux wines are divided into six pavilions. The Sweet Bordeaux pavilion is conveniently located at the entrance of the event. Sweet Bordeaux winemakers will be there every day from 1 pm to 11 pm. The “tasting passport” holders will be able to taste Sweet Bordeaux wines and winemakers will answer questions.
The Wine Tanguay Wine School, in collaboration with the Bordeaux Wine School, offers tasting workshops. Sweet Bordeaux wines will be presented during these workshops every day until Saturday at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
If you go to the Plaza Gourmande, you will find 40 stalls dedicated to Quebec gastronomy. A good way to try the Sweet Bordeaux wine and food pairing!
Chef Georges Gotrand, personal chef, has a passion for Sweet Bordeaux wines. He gives you secrets on how to follow easy recipes and how to pair food and wine for each of the 11 appellations of Sweet Bordeaux.
Discover the Roquefort cheese biscuits recipe which pairs perfectly with the Sweet Bordeaux Bordeaux Supérieur wine appellation. Easy to cook, these biscuits will surely impress your guests.
Roquefort cheese biscuits
Serve the Roquefort cheese biscuit with a chilled bottle of Sweet Bordeaux wine!