Where to start?

I’m Mark Pinsent, an Englishman who moved to France with his family at the end of 2003.  I live in a small rural hamlet called Les Chapelles, which is located in the Charente-Maritime.  To earn a crust, I’m a freelance public relations consultant and copywriter.  We have also spent the past year or so renovating some beautiful old buildings into holiday accomodation, which is available to rent throughout the year.  You can find out more about that on our website.

The inspiration for this particular blog came during New Year celebrations at the end of 2006 when I was joined (among others) by my old mate James Warren, a fellow Francophile and wine enthusiast (and far, far more knowledgeable on the subject than I am).  Living, as I do, about an hour north of Bordeaux and just across the Gironde estuary from the Medoc – and therefore on the doorstep of one of the world’s greatest wine producing regions – I am in the perfect position to indulge my passion.  However, my lack of expertise inhibits my doing so to the best effect, and this is something I am now seeking to remedy. 

Prompted by the gift from James of Oz Clarke‘s book on the wines of Bordeaux, 2007 is to be a year in which I start taking my wine more seriously.  I plan to read, to listen, to learn, to taste (and to learn to taste, if you see what I mean), to choose quality over quantity, to establish my cave.  And this blog is where I plan to record it all.

Feedback is, of course, welcome.  Reccomendations of Bordeaux wines you have tasted would be great.  Your own thoughts on the wines I write about will also be useful.  I’d also be delighted to help with any inside knowledge that a man on the ground might be able to impart, whatever it might be.  You can email me at mark@leschapelles.com.

Here’s to a cracking year.



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