George and Amal Clooney photographed in 2016, five years before their arrival at the Canadel estate in Provence.
George and Amal Clooney have put the Provence wine country commune of Brignoles on the world media map by acquiring the nearby Canadel estate. Despite reports of a delay to the deal earlier this year, the couple were pictured arriving at the estate and in Brignoles at the end of last week. Local mayor Didier Brémond posted a photo of himself between the Hollywood actor and Amal Clooney, a Lebanese-British lawyer specialising in international criminal law and human rights. ‘Welcome to Brignoles.’ he wrote on 23 July. ‘It’s now official. George and Amal Clooney are residents of our beautiful commune.’ Bienvenue à #Brignoles ! C’est [...]
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A digital artwork forming part of Château Angélus and Cult Wines' offer of an NFT on digital marketplace OpenSea
Part of the 3D digital artwork that made up the NFT offer. Château Angélus recently joined forces with Cult Wines, a UK-based wine investment and collection management company, to offer a non-fungible token (NFT) guaranteeing ownership of one barrel of Angélus 2020 and the original 3D digital artwork. One barrel is equivalent to 300 bottles. Listed by Cult Wines on the OpenSea digital marketplace, the NFT also entitled the owner to a VIP experience at the St-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate. According to OpenSea records, an anonymous bidder paid $110,000 for the NFT on 23 July. The transaction was made in [...]
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Jean-Baptiste Meunier, Moulin de la Gardette
Jean-Baptiste Meunier in his winery, Moulin de la GardetteChâteau Rayas, Gourt de Mautens, Cros de la Mûre and Moulin de la Gardette. What do these estates all have in common? Sure, they’re all among the very best in their respective appellations, but there’s something else, something rather more peculiar. They all wait for it to rain before picking their grapes. Most winemakers prefer a little more control when deciding on picking dates. They carefully measure ripeness and sugar levels, rather than leaving it to the will of the gods. And rain brings with it the risk of dilution and mould. So why do they [...]
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Gewurtraminer
Gewurztraminer is Alsace’s most distinctive yet underrated grape variety, capable of producing many styles, from dry to sweet. Like any good wine, Gewurz should be balanced. The grapes need to be harvested at perfect ripeness to avoid bitterness, high alcohol and/or overt sweetness – especially when botrytis increases the sugar level. The variety does not have as much acidity as Riesling, but neither does Chardonnay and we all know how complex, long lived and exciting the best Burgundies can be. If you are diving in to a wine list or wine shop blind, it can be tricky to judge how sweet an [...]
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