a flask of Chateau Haut-Brion wine

by Paige Donner (all photos copyright 2017 Paige Donner) As Bordeaux’s very first wine château, is it any wonder that Haut-Brion still ranks with such stature in the world’s profile of wines and wine estates? Well, a measured answer would be both yes, and no. ​ It’s not a given that a wine or a wine estate with…

La Mission Haut-Brion, A Château With True Soul

by Paige Donner (all photos copyright 2017) Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s chapel for me sums up the essence of the property. It has been for centuries, and still is, a family home. A home where people have worshipped, where they have begun their lives and taken their last breaths, where meals have been shared, verses…

Dinner At Château Latour Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Bordeaux, June 18, 2017  by Paige Donner (all photos copyright 2017) On a hot summer evening in the Médoc’s Pauillac, Bordeaux guests arriving for the 1855 Grands Crus Classés dinner held this year at Château Latour were greeted with a marching Scottish-sounding band and flutes of Roederer champagne (who happens to own the closest neighboring…

From Bordeaux to Château Margaux

 All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2015 I’ll close with a quote from Oscar Wilde, that great lover of our wines, who remarked quite rightly: “The French are so proud of their wine that they have even named some cities after their great growths.” From Bordeaux to Margaux, he couldn’t have put it better… –…

Episode 16 GOOD food+wine

by Paige Donner This episode 16 of Paris GOOD food+wine  focuses on Wine Tourism in two of France’s most famous wine regions: Burgundy and Bordeaux. To round out our show this month, Episode 16 of Paris GOOD food + wine, I was able to catch up with Wine Spectator’s sr. Editor, James Molesworth, as he…

From Paris to Bordeaux And Back Again

by Paige Donner This episode of GOODfood+wine airing on World Radio Paris is all about Bordeaux. Well, nearly. In honor of the bi-annual Bordeaux Vinexpo extravaganza (opento the trade only) we did some pre-tasting at two of Bordeaux’s most prestigious chateaux – Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château Lafleur. And there I spoke…

What Tops Wine Tasting in Pauillac & Pomerol…?

by Paige Donner What Tops Wine Tasting in Pauillac & Pomerol…? Wine tasting with Dad in Pauillac and Pomerol! FULL SLIDESHOW of BOTH CHATEAUX HERE   (All photos by Paige Donner © 2015) These two châteaus, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande on Bordeaux’s Left Bank and Château Lafleur on Bordeaux’s Right Bank are two of…

Bordeaux Nibbles And Fresh Markets

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by Paige Donner Bordeaux is the ideal-sized city to just wander around. In this sense, it is a bite-sized city that still offers enough funky and charming little neighborhoods to give you the feeling that you are exploring. Chartrons is the traditional wine district of Bordeaux where, during the…

Bordeaux’s Musée du Vin et Du Négoce

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By Paige Donner Read Full Article on Bordeaux Food And Wine Bordeaux’s Musée du Vin et Du Négoce is resplendent in its devotion to the history of this region’s cause celèbre; it is humble in its presentation; and it is welcoming in the way it greets its guests. A…

Bar á Vin, Bordeaux

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Bar á Vin, THE wine bar in Bordeaux, is shamelessly easy to find and as user-friendly as an iPod app. If you’re even a little bit like me, Bordeaux is, well, it’s intimidating. It is the heart and epicenter of W I N E. In La France. Are…

2016 Right Bank Bordeaux’s + Margaux Silky Tannins

by Paige Donner The first question I asked Oenoteam’s Stephane Toutoundji after tasting some 40 of his 2016’s-  primarily from Pomerol and St. Emilion – was, Are these silky tannins yours and your enologists’ influence or is it the signature of the 2016’s? His quick answer to me was that it’s 2016 for Right Bank…

Cap Ferret-Sand Dunes, Oyster Beds And The Untamed Atlantic Ocean

Far from the snooty reputation it has garnered in the past decade, since celebrities like Marion Cotillard and Philippe Starck have snapped up houses in this sequestered and chic enclave on the French Atlantic Coast, Cap Ferret is natural, rugged and oozing with a shabby chic unpretentiousness. ALL photos by Paige Donner ©2016   If…

Ha(a)itza, Pyla-sur-Mer (Bassin d’Arcachon)

THE place to be in Bordeaux this summer is at Ha(a)itza, just by the beach in the Bassin d’Arcachon. More than just a brand new 5* Star, Starck-designed hotel, this is a full-blown by-the-beach resort that transforms the exclusive upscale enclave that is Pyla-sur-Mer into a destination getaway ranked in the category of world-class. Bordeaux…

Marché des Capucins Bordeaux

Summer is of course the best time for fresh stone fruits, melons and vegetables. But any time of year is a great time to visit this covered fresh market, a Bordelais institution. If you go at mealtime or during the afternoon when an afternoon snack is in order, be sure to find the stalls serving…

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT 2015 BORDEAUX?

I’ll tell you what the big deal is – this is clearly a vintage to rival the already-legendary 2010. The Association de Grand Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion held its annual wine tasting yesterday at Paris’s Shangri-La Hotel. Nearly all of the 63 producers present were pouring their 2010’s side-by-side with their 2015’s. That’s how bright…

Episode 11 GOOD food + wine

posted by Paige Donner In this episode of Paris GOODfood+wine for November 2015 we’ll be hearing all about ways in which the centuries’ strong Franco-American relations are deepening. The golden nugget of this episode is an interview with members of the 1855 Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés organization telling us about their participation in supporting the…

Episode 9 – Paris GOODfood+wine Season 2

posted by Paige Donner Paris GOODfood+wine 9 – Season 2 / 2015 September For season Two’s kick off of Paris GOODfood+wine we’ll be hearing from Sylvie Cazes, the civic-minded Bordealaise who is now the proud owner of her very own wine estate. She purchased Chateau Chauvin, a beautiful 15 hectares piece of St. Émilion terroir,…

Tasting The Unexpected at Bordeaux’s Vinexpo 2015

by Paige Donner Vinexpo Bordeaux is (nearly) all work and (little or) no play. These photos and video from the four days spent there earlier this week give a good strong visual indication of exactly what I mean. I suppose it’s really simply a question of, yes, it’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it……

Checking In With Bordeaux’s Cité des Civilisations du Vin

by Paige Donner It’s always a thrill to watch the development, the progressive, step-by-step development of an ambitious and culturally iconic project. Such is the case with the Cité des Civilisations du Vin gorgeously taking shape along the banks of the Garonne in Bordeaux. FULL Slideshow HERE All photos by Paige Donner.  ©2015 Paige Donner….

The Baroness

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by Paige Donner Last summer, while attending Vinexpo in Bordeaux, I had the great good fortune to be issued a Press invitation to the Gala Dinner held at Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, hosted by Madame Philippine de Rothschild. “The Baroness” Madame Philippine de Rothschild The gala dinner that…