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Map showing Chateau Longueville in 1886

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

I am working on my post about the Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron tasting organized by Panos Kakaviatos (Wine Chronicles).  To stay on subject here is a 19th century map showing the location of the estate.  If you follow the route south from Pauillac you will encounter Chateau Latour followed by Chateau Longueville.  By this date both Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron and Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande were in existence.  It was most likely due to space that they were combined into a single entry on the map.   A classified list of the estates appears at the bottom of the sheet which contains this map.   Under the “2mes CRUS” list is Pichon-Longueville owned by Baron de Pichon and Pichon-Lalande owned by Comtesse de Lalande.

The location of Ch. Longueville from the Carte routière et vinicole de la Gironde. [1]

The location of Ch. Longueville from the Carte routière et vinicole de la Gironde. [1]


[1] Carte routière et vinicole de la Gironde. Lapierre, Alfred. 1886. Bibliothèque nationale de France, GED-491. URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb407247271

Photograph of Chateau Pichon Longueville in 1867

January 19, 2015 Leave a comment
Photograph of Pichon-Longueville. 1867. [1]

Photograph of Pichon-Longueville. 1867. [1]


[1] Danflou, Alred. Les Grands Crus Bordelais. Premiere Part. 1867. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique. URL: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b86256511

Charles Bellow’s design for a demijohn that captures the lees

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

It is through Mannie Berk, Rare Wine Co., that I was able to read the text of the “Old Madeira” articles published by Charles Bellows.  Charles Bellows was a wine connoisseur and expert who wrote memorable accounts of old vintages of Madeira in Bonfort’s Circular during 1896 and 1897.  I recently came across a digitized version of these articles and was delighted to see the illustrations.

Design for a demijohn. [1]

Design for a demijohn. [1]

Madeira was often stored in upright demijohns that could contain around 5 gallons or 25 bottles worth of wine.  Left undisturbed, the lees of the Madeira would settle to the bottom of the demijohn.  Charles Bellows wrote of using a siphon to decant off the Madeira so as not to disturb the lees.  As an alternative, he wanted to patent a demijohn design that did not require a siphon.  This design included a “shelf” made from a half circle of glass attached inside the demijohn.  Thus in pouring the Madeira “the mud slips under the glass shelf, and the wine can be poured off clear.”  He did acknowledge the project stopping “difficulty of getting the section of glass blown in the half sides.”


[1] Bellows, Charles. Article on Madeira written for Bonfort’s Circular, 1896, 1897, 1900. 1901. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044019963636

The last load of grapes collected at Castell Coch or Swanbridge in Wales (c. 1898)

January 13, 2015 Leave a comment

This image shows the last load of grapes collected at either Castell Coch or most likely, the vineyard of Swanbridge.  After early success at Castell Coch the Marquis of Bute ordered a second, larger vineyard planted at Swanbridge.  This vineyard overlooked the Bristol Channel, south-west of Cardiff in Wales.

The Last Load of Grapes. c. 1898. [1]

The Last Load of Grapes. c. 1898. [1]


[1] Country Life Illustrated, Volume 3. 1898. URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=mlBOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

An early 20th century mark from Spain featuring a cat with wine bottles

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment
The mark of Juan Quintana. [1]

The mark of Juan Quintana. [1]


[1] Industria e Invenciones. March 7, 1914.  Biblioteca Nacional de Espana. URL: http://hemerotecadigital.bne.es/issue.vm?id=0001541143&page=9