Welcome to the second edition of The Journal.
In this issue, we’re getting in touch with the Body: of our wine, of our work, barrels and bottles, the soil beneath our feet and the (body) language we speak. Let’s get physical.
2023: Taking the Bull by the Horns
In our Bordeaux vineyards, 2023 began with rain, and that was very reassuring! The legendary drought of 2022 was still on everyone’s minds, and the 500 millimeters of water we received between the end of the harvest and spring did our reserves a world of good.
Pleasure, Principled: rethinking the body of wine-writing
Interview with Sandrine Goeyvaerts, author of ‘Manifesto for Inclusive Wine’ (Nouriturfu, 2021)
The Glass is Always Greener
Wine bottles have become a recognisable uniform for what’s inside – region, grape variety, and more – but this wasn’t always the case. Château Lafite Rothschild’s Frederic Domingo takes us on a journey through the history of bottling.
The Bodies behind the Body
The weight-lifting phrase épaulé jeté, in English ‘clean and jerk’, or more literally in French, ‘shouldered-throw’, became immortalised in the oenological sense by the illustrator Michel Tolbert whose iconic posters for Catherine & Pierre Breton’s Bourgeiul and Chinon estate are now replicated in wine bars across the world.
Micro-Cosmic: The Hidden Universe Beneath Our Feet
Digging deep to meet our vineyard’s smallest and most powerful allies.
Race Day: The Châteaux Triathlon
Unity – and fierce competition – between the Domaines
The French teams at Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite embody the family spirit – in blood, sweat and tears. We’ve brought you some snippets, from an extraordinary day at Lafite.
The journey of a Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite barrel, from tree to Tonnellerie
In each issue’s ‘assemblage’ section, we compose a blend of shorter snippets relating to the theme.
Château Rieussec is breaking the Sauternes mould
Rieussec is flipping the script on everything you thought you knew about Sauternes. Here, four easy pairings – no foie gras or roquefort in sight.
Not a fan of Sauternes? Maybe you’ve written off this sweet classic as the culprit behind your holiday hangover… or , just an obligatory pairing with foie gras, Roquefort or dessert. Think again.