Bordeaux Wine

Q&A: Margaux Pariente

Margaux Pariente

The ambassador for her family's Chateau Troplong Mondot, in St Emilion, Bordeaux, talks about learning to love wine, why she left the lab and the importance of sharing.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 5:14pm

Bordeaux is back

The hammer goes down at an auction in Burgundy. Photo: AFP

The fine wine market is holding its own, writes Liana Cafolla.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wine opinion: fermenting a friendship

Harvesting tea near Puer in Yunnan province. Photo: Xinhua

Two terraces - one where rows of tea trees grow on Mount Jingmai in Yunnan province, the other in the wine-producing region of Saint-Emilion near Bordeaux, France. About 8,700 kilometres apart, the regions have embarked upon a relationship involving an exchange of trade and culture.

13 Dec 2012 - 9:13am

Wine a bond between Hong Kong and France

Alain Juppe, right, answers questions at the launch of the Wine and Dine Festival. Photo: Stephen Quinn

Wine has become a key part of the relationship between Hong Kong and France since the removal of duty on wine in the city in 2008. French wine exports to Hong Kong have more than doubled every year since then, and were worth $HK 3 billion last year.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:36pm

Wine opinion: Saint-Emilion

The picturesque Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux.Photo: AFP

The cobblestone streets of Saint-Emilion have been alive with delighted smiles and sideways glances since its new wine ranking was unveiled a few weeks ago.

4 Oct 2012 - 10:37am

Cru to themselves - winemaking philosophies are not so far apart

The handwritten sign hanging over the wooden beams on the winery ceiling says: 'Wines are like women. You have to cherish them before they open up to you.' Looking at it, Edouard Labruyere shrugs with a smile. 'That's Burgundy for you.'

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Chinese look to buy 'a slice of heaven'

Buyers from around the world are bidding to become owners of French vineyards - but the most significant new market for the sales of French chateaux in the future will be China, according to vineyard experts Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Asian flavours shine through Californian wines

The Chinese are not often associated with the California wine industry but Korbin Kameron's winemaker and vineyard manager, Korbin Ming, says Chinese labourers, unemployed after building railways, planted vines for 19th century Italian and Spanish vineyard owners.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The measure of the mainland

Perhaps all that alcohol helped, but Asia's largest trade fair for wine ended yesterday with exporters in an upbeat mood despite slowing growth in the mainland market.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Presentation adds to prestige

Wine lovers can usually tell from one glance at a label whether the contents are likely to be worth savouring. But on the mainland, where drinking wine is still something of a novelty, it is necessary to spell out that a wine is special, particularly if presenting it as a gift, through elaborate packaging and ornate lettering.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


Christie's will present the very best of Bordeaux on Saturday. Going under the hammer is a collection of first growths and second wines, most of which were sourced directly from the chateaux.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

SMART move

Even the great chateaux of Bordeaux knew that three great and hugely expensive vintages in a row was more than the market could stand. The ambivalence of 2011, with its difficult weather conditions, presents an opportunity to offer more modest prices, making Bordeaux en primeur affordable again without compromising the brand.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

TAKE two


The tradition in Bordeaux of having a second wine made from grapes deemed to be of a high standard but not quite good enough for the chateau's grand vin is believed to date back to the 18th century, and Ch?teau Brane-Cantenac was probably among the pioneers.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

LIQUID assets

Putting together a personal wine collection is a serious undertaking. It involves a substantial investment of money, time and emotional energy. There is a world of difference between collecting wine and buying a few cases for the consumption of family and friends.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Planet of the grapes

Hong Kong wine collectors seem to think Bordeaux is becoming frayed at the borders. There are signs that wine lovers here and on the mainland are becoming sated with high-priced claret and, in some cases, concerned they have paid too much for what they have bought. Tastes are diversifying, and alternatives are being sought.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am