Wednesday, 26 June 2013 by Ben Browett
Last week, in the heart of Oxford on the Summer Solstice, I attended a dinner with some of the top wines of Pomerol and was seated alongside Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate and author of the new book on the famous right bank appellation…”truly a wine book like no other” (Andrew Jefford).
Friday, 22 February 2013 by Ben Browett
Last week I was incredibly fortunate to attend a dinner with Mark Savage MW who had brought a brilliant line-up of Tertre Roteboeuf (as well as some Roc de Cambes for good measure)...
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 by Ben Browett
In late April, I was returning from my time "down under" where I'd worked at some fantastic wineries and checked the quality of Farr Vintners' great New Zealand imports along the way. However, I will admit, I was pining for some Claret and arguably saved the best for last as I happened to be in Shanghai and Hong Kong for two fantastic wine dinners hosted by the ever-engaging Director of Cos d'Estournel, Jean-Guillaume Prats.
Monday, 14 May 2012 by Ben Browett
Having worked at Kumeu River and seen New Zealand's best Chardonnay, I headed down to the South Island to see where the country's most famous Sauvignon Blancs are produced....
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 by Ben Browett
This week was the start of the Chardonnay harvest that will see grapes for all the Kumeu River labels picked, pressed and put into barrels ready for fermentation.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 by Ben Browett
Following my stint at Château Latour working on the 2011 harvest (and then a few months working as a sommelier at Chez Bruce), I headed off “down under” for the 2012 harvest in New Zealand.
Thursday, 13 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
With the harvest finished on Monday and the ‘Gerbaude’ festival on the Tuesday, we started working for the château in the fermentation rooms on Wednesday. We were now to learn and be involved in the winemaking process with the grapes picked and sorted; the turning of grape juice into wine!
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
With the harvest over, last Thursday we made some chateau visits in order to explore the Medoc further. First we went back to Lafon Rochet where Basile gave us a tour of the chateau, letting us taste the juice from the unfermented rosé (for their label Lafon Roset), which was delicious and very easy drinking.
Monday, 3 October 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
This week we finished the Cabernet Sauvignon and with it the entire harvest at Latour. At 7.30pm on Monday 26th September the last grapes were picked, packed and sent back to the Chateau
Monday, 26 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Last Monday the big Cabernet harvest started, which confirms that the harvest will be over by the end of September. We started by picking the young vines on Monday in weather more unpredictable than an England Rugby World Cup performance. On Tuesday we took on more pickers and carriers for the large number of Cabernet vines inside and outside the “enclos” which were deemed ripe enough to be picked.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Merlot Harvest at Château Latour
Monday the 12th of September marked the start of the 2011 harvest at Château Latour. Ben and I were at the château just before 8am in order to have the breakfast provided to give the pickers and carriers energy to get through the day. Ben and I have been carriers or "porteurs" for most of the week, but both of us have had a chance to pick too, myself for most of the weekend.
Monday, 19 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
Last Sunday Ben and I went to visit Denis Durantou in Pomerol at his home, Château L’Eglise Clinet. As mentioned in my previous blog, I have a great fondness for his wines, due to the skill of wine making, and the freshness that all his wines have. We met Denis outside in the vineyard and we went walking through the vines as he was deciding whether it was time to pick the Merlot. This was a great chance to learn from a Pomerol master. The previous week he had picked the grapes for his ‘Les Cruzelles’ label from the younger vines.
Monday, 12 September 2011 by Thomas Parker & Ben Browett
This is the first blog from Farr Vintners’ “Boys in Bordeaux”. Thomas Parker is, along with eighteen year old Ben Browett (the eldest son of our Chairman), at Château Latour to take part in the harvest of the 2011 vintage. They left London a week ago and, after a week’s preparation, were due to start picking Merlot grapes today, Monday 12th September. We hope to publish more blogs from Thomas and Ben as the harvest progresses.