Bernard Vandendriessche
Vrijheidsstraat 76
8400 Oostende
0475 313 916

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Bordeaux 2016, the big vintage??

Latest rumours are that Bordeaux 2016 will be another exceptionnal vintage! Let's wait and see in a few weeks...



I'm very proud to announce the distrubution of Champagne TAITTINGER for my area. The Brut reserve is a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Meunier from over 35 different vineyardsand vintages matured to perfection. The high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among fine non-vintage Champagnes, and a minimum ageing of 3 years in the cellars, where it reaches the peak of aromatic maturity, make Taittinger Brut reserve a delicately balanced Champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality the world over. To order send a mail to bernardwines@telenet.be


New discovery: " Hermitage, Le Chevalier de Sterimberg " by Jaboulet

I'm very proud to be an exclusive partner-distributor from Maison Jaboulet-Ainé (Northern world-top Rhônes) now! One of the big discoveries in white is the " Hermitage , Chevalier de Sterimberg ". The Roussanne (35%) and Marsanne grapes (65%) are grown in clay-chalk and sandy, pebble soils on steep slopes, producing complex and elegant white Hermitage wines. Following malolactic fermentation in wood, the lees are regularly brought back into suspension through stirring over the 10 to 12 month ageing process, providing the wines with elegant and complex aromas. This beauty can be consumed within 25 years of aging. Extremely long and pure finish... Please inform for reservations. bernardwines@telenet.be


New discovery from Piemonte

Thanks to my good friend Died DM , who introduced me in this lovely small estate, i'm very happy to distribute the lovely Barbera d'Asti " Merum " 2011. This beauty is made by Antonia Belliscoso in the centre from Piemonte, between Barolo and Barbaresco. Selling price 17,50 ex. vat (21%)


New pricelist online

I've just published my latest pricelist on this website. You also can order online. You are informed that all wines are available (subject to remaining unsold). All ratings marked with " WA" are from Robert Parker's Jr. Wine Advocate, the best wine-guide in the world! All prices are ex.VAT (21%)!!!


Bordeaux 2015 vintage

Bordeaux 2015 will be a very interesting vintage, especially on the right bank (Pomerol, St-Emilion,...). I just hope that prices will be correct as the current market-prices are quite high in Bordeaux for the moment. I'll be in Bordeaux for tasting this new vintage and we'll keep you updated. The website will be updated weekly from now on, after the big demand from international customers..


Bordeaux 2013 vintage

Just back from Bordeaux where I've been tasting about 250 wines from the 2013 vintage " en Primeur " (from the barrel). 2013 is a very difficult vintage due the very cold spring and a very wet harvest in october 2013... The weather conditions were so difficult that even a few wine growers have already decided not to produce their wine like Hosanna (Pomerol) from JP Moueix and some other Châteaux. But there are some good wines as well from the big wine-makers like Denis Durantou (Eglise-Clinet), Jean-Michel Laporte (La Conseillante), Ronan Laborde (Clinet), Cheval Blanc is very good and we can't complain after having tasted the magnificent Tertre Roteboeuf (François Mitjaville)... In the Médoc i'm a fan of Lynch Bages, Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, Ducru Beaucaillou... The very nice thing about 2013 is that alcohollevels have reach normal levels and wines are presented as they are; as one of my UK friends Oliver East told me " it is like it is "... Let's hope the prices will be correct and low and the Châteaux-owners should be as happy as the wine lovers


website info

I'll be putting more update news on the website and a new winelist from next week..


Bordeaux 2012 vintage

I'm almost ready to taste about 350 - 400 wines or more during my next trip to Bordeaux in 2 weeks from now! I've heard it's a Pomerol, right bank vintage but the dry whites are showing very well .... Wait and see, i'll tell you more in about 3 weeks...


Wine news...

I've been travelling a lot and let's start with my tastings in Bordeaux which were very interesting, as always. Bordeaux 2011 from the barrel was a very tough job as a professional wine taster to make the good selections. There were very few wines which could make good wines, only the growers with full experience knew how to made excellent wines, so it's the winemakers vintage, with knowledge of timing of picking the grapes at the right moment. As usual I liked Mission Haut Brion, Ponet Canet, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Eglise-Clinet, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Pavie, Angélus, Mouton Rothschild, Vieux Château Certan, Palmer, Lynch Bages, Cos d'Estournel, Montrose,...and in the smaller wines I liked Clos Floridène (white), Puygeraud (Thienpondt-family), Mauvezin-Barton (the latest estate from Lilian Barton, Ch. Léoville-Barton)! The good news is that prices went down and you have better value-for-money (but prices could drop a bit more for me). After my Bordeaux-trip, I spent some weeks in Hong Kong where I had the oportunity to meet some wine importers and it was very nice to explore the Chinese wine-connection. It's very nice to explain how good Chinese are distributing the good french wines. Finally I spent some days in the Northern Rhône , where I've tasted some very good Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu...ect. A lot of rain during the harvest over there in september , which damaged many vineyards.... result watery, light wines for 2012 in the Northern Rhône. I'll keep you informed....