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... as well as fine wines and winegrowing tradition.   The ASI has taken over the organisation of the Competition for Europe’s Best Sommelier and the European Section is responsible for getting this project under way.  As soon as the ASI has a budget for running the competition, we intend the final to be held during the course of 2008: mid-May at the earliest or January 2009 at the latest.   During the month of October 2008, the final of the Competition for France’s Best Sommelier will take place.  At the end of 2009, we plan to hold the UDSF Trophy Competition for France’s Best Young Sommelier. In principle, the Competition for the ...
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Editorial Serge Dubs

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... they do their job impeccably, French sommeliers and all those from member countries of the A.S.I. are the finest ambassadors for the art of knowing how to serve and consume.   In the month of May this year, the A.S.I. (Association for the Sommelier Profession Worldwide) organised the competition for ‘Europe’s Best Sommelier’ 2008 , in Sofia, Bulgaria. (read)   The surprise winner of this event was Isa Bal , a Turkish sommelier who works in Great Britain at ‘The Fat Duck’ , a Michelin three-starred restaurant of international renown.  The runners-up are two excellent and extremely professional sommeliers: Paolo Basso, who represented Switzerland and Eric Zwiebel, France. ...
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Vignobles Elie Jeune

Winegrower | Côtes-du-Rhône
...   Members of the group of Independent Winegrowers , Elie Jeune Wine Estates sell the majority of their production directly by taking part in a large number of wine exhibitions organised in numerous towns all over France.  For example, they will be present at the forthcoming ‘Vinisud’ exhibition, which will be held in February 2008.   Géraldine de Roques   ...
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The environnment, the land... and the silent revolution taking place at Château Laroze

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... the estate have created a go-ahead image for our wines and synergy with the sales work carried out by our wine merchant partners.  We sell 50% of our production in France and the other 50% on export markets, mainly in northern Europe, but also in Asia, Eastern European countries and Canada …   Tell us about your communication policy in 2008? G .M: “As concerns events, we will be present at Vinexpo, to promote Château Laroze.  Our wine merchant partners will also have a stand at the exhibition, so we will ensure that buyers who appreciate the quality of our wines will be put in contact directly with them and receive a sales proposition.  As a part of the activities of the ‘Association des ...
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Château Smith Haut Lafitte: balance in everything...

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... held prior to the implementation of public policies.  It is unfortunate that wine now finds itself caught up in the overall group of spirits that pose a problem in this domain.  It is a complete confusion to associate a symbol of civilisation with concerns of alcoholism in general.”   What are your areas of development for 2008? In January 1994, we purchased Château Cantelys, a Cru Bourgeois that first made its appearance on the international scene in 1995.  2008 will be the year of Château Cantelys, a Pessac-Léognan estate that produces lovely wines at reasonable prices (approximately 10 Euros per bottle).  In general, we intend to ...
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Domaine Boingnères: The excellence of a fine Armagnac

Winegrower | Armagnac
... and ‘Château Cordeillan-Bages’…   Close links with the sommelier profession   Martine Lafitte regularly participates at meetings of the ‘Wine Professionals’ Club’, attended by the President of the French Sommelier Profession.  The next meeting is to be held on 8th March 2008 in Nice.  Meetings will subsequently take place in Strasbourg, Marseille, Lyon and Paris, in October.  What do these meetings entail? During the course of a day, restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine boutique managers or owners, buyers, etc meet to taste products made in all the winegrowing regions of France.  It is a perfect way to gain a better awareness of a wide range of ...
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Clos Puy Arnaud: imagine exceptional wines

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... intuitive methods require a winegrower to be capable of making key decisions in his vineyard.  For this purpose, Anne Calderoni is responsible for the vineyard, for soil management and for the implementation of organic and biodynamic growing methods.   Concurrently, a certification procedure for the AB approval has been set in motion since 2006 (2008 is therefore the third year of certification).  Clos Puy Arnaud has also been a member of the Biodyvin association since 2007 (2008 is therefore the second year of conversion to biodynamics), figuring amongst the most illustrious names of the wine world: Pierre Moret, Olivier Humbrecht, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Noël Pinguet, Michel ...
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Château Peyfaures combining tradition and modernity

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... Special care is now given to packaging too.  Hyppolite Romain, illustrator of the ‘Café du commerce’ column in the ‘Figaro Madame’ magazine, has designed the label for the cuvee ‘Dame de cœur’. Château Peyfaures will be present at the Independent Winegrowers’ exhibition on March 14th 2008 and is keen to develop its own identity. Faced with global competition, the Godeau family’s credo is now more than ever an ambition to maintain high standards for their wine production.  For Bordeaux Supérieur, where wine quality is continually improving, this should provide numerous export opportunities for all producers of this appellation. C.F.N.   ...
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Château Bellevue Gazin gives new drive to tourism in Blaye

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... competition held during Vinexpo 2007.   "Les Baronnets” The 2004 was awarded a star in the 2006 Hachette wine guide and received the ‘Excellence’ Trophy (silver medal) at the ‘Citadelles’ Trophy competition held during Vinexpo 2007. You should note that ratings ranging from 13 to 15 out of twenty were given by the 2008 “Bettane & Dessauve” guide and this wine was also mentioned in the “Dussert & Gerber” guide.  At the beginning of the last century, this estate appears in the “Féret” as one of the first crus bourgeois, which indicates the quality and outstanding features of its terroir.  The estate also produces a Clairet, which was ...
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Château Lalaudey : an American dream

Winegrower | Bordeaux
... at cold temperature, using a refrigerated lorry regulated at a temperature of 0°C to receive the harvested grapes.  The grapes are then sorted at a temperature of between 6 and 8°C, so that the grapes can be kept at a temperature of 12°C in vats.  This procedure of regulating sorting avoids any problems of oxidation.  Since 2008, annual production represents 60 000 bottles, for yields of 35 hectolitres per hectare. The sales strategy consists of promoting this unique, elegant wine that is likely to appeal to a sophisticated, perhaps feminine and certainly foreign clientele, keenly aware of elegant beauty in any case.  On the bottles, the meshing of the ...
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