Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Francois Nony

4/13 Francois Nony, Vice President of Crus Bourgeois


KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine w/ Vice President of Crus Bourgeois Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like 2 introduce you to Vice President of Crus Bourgeois Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS who will talk about #wine on #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Excited to be answering questions about #CrusBourgeois and #enprimeurs! #bdx15 #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #Wine with Vice President of Crus Bourgeois Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl 1.Q. Tell us about yourself and your role with the Crus Bourgeois. @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS I am Francois Nony, I have been in charge of a family vineyard in the family for 5 generations! #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS I have been a board member since '03, and now act as as President of Promotion for 270+ estates. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS My job is to make sure the vision for #Crusbourgeois is communicated throughout the world. :) #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS And I am now in charge of a commission to restructure the classification! #CrusBourgeois #SommChat @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: How are members selected or added and is the group growing rapidly? @CrusBourgeois

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. What are Cru Bourgeois wines? How are they different from other Bordeaux wines? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Fundamentally they are always from the left bank, specifically Médoc, including #Margaux and #Pauillac. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm to @CrusBourgeois on #SommChat : can U tell us more abt the request for the new classification restructure? How long to finish?

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS The new classification will start from 2020 onwards. There are many regulations still to be written. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS We will need approval/feedback from members on the process... 5 vintages will be tasted to identify Superieur and Crus Bourgeois. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS All wines are estate-produced, w/ no outside fruit. Each wine goes through intensive quality testing. #SommChat ...

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Most importantly, all #CrusBourgeois are always great quality for money! Many are located near Cru Classé properties. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Good morning @CrusBourgeoisUS I opened this the other night, no info. Do you know about it? Thanks #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @SandyWasserman great 2 see you today Sandy on #SommChat - hope you are having a good look forward to more questions for @CrubourgoeisUS #WW

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS 2009 is a typical "solar" vintage—A lot of sun, some drought. Ripe fruit almost on the verge of overripe. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS The wines are quite modern and round and pretty soft. But they're holding and have a good freshness... #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Castera is in the northern Médoc & shows a substantial quality of Cab. Should be ready to ready to drink now and for next 3-4 yrs. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm to @CrusBourgeois on #SommChat is there a price range fr your members and if so what is that ?

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Any price range. The quality counts: Vineyards have to prove they make good wine. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS Average #CruBourgeois in US is $14-$30. Maximum $50 for a top wine from a great vintage. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines I imported half palate of 2009 Chateau Barthez Haut Medoc member Gr8 value #wine #bordeaux @ToppingRose #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS @noblewines @ToppingRose thank you for supporting the #CrusBourgeois! 2009 is definitely a star buy, drinking well now. #SommChat

vineclass @vineclass @noblewines @ToppingRose @CrusBourgeoisUS what's a half palate? Where's the other half... ;) @ToppingRose @ParkPlaceWines #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q. @CrusBourgeoisUS How are the '15s looking so far? Any bud break yet in the vineyards? Thanks #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS '15 is very round, soft, mature but fruity vintage. Very charming. In a way, quite modern... #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS '15 is going to very approachable. The prototype for a wine people can drink early and will last for a time in cellar. #SommChat #bdx15

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS Good start! '16 bud break 10-15 days in advance of normal yr. Cool temps but no frost. If we get to May w/o frost, early vintage. #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp @CrusBourgeoisUS great news about the 2015 vintage! #SommChat @KeeperColl hello!

vineclass ‏@vineclass Thought I read that 2015 was looking quite good. But would over more info #SommChat @noblewines @ParkPlaceWines

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman @CrusBourgeoisUS Care to make any predictions for '16 based on your expertise? #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Sandy seems a bit impatient ;) #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. With En Primeurs finishing, how would you describe the quality of the wines on show at this year’s event? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning from Chicago! #SommChat - My first ? is do you think en primeur will always be part of the Bordeaux scene?

Christy CanterburyMW ‏@canterburywine Fab Q! #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS @canterburywine Hi Christy! Great to see you're on this chat. We hope to see you in Médoc very soon. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl @demilove great to see you back on #SommChat and look forward to your questions for @CrusBourgeoisUS

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS The world has a habit of wanting to see the new vintage in April. People want to buy during this period... #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS There may be changes ahead for #enprimeurs, but it will still be here. #bdx15 #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm to @CrusBourgeois when is the event featured and who is allowed to go? If outside guests how do you get tickets? #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS #enprimeurs is always held 1st week of April. Wine directors, somms & press from US are always welcome ... #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS #CrusBourgeois is one of the most open-minded events. We welcome bloggers, etc. to our event! #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines @CrusBourgeoisUS and is there an event I missed in NY? #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS @noblewines #enprimeurs is always in #BDX. Follow us (@CrusBourgeoisUS) for events in the US! Or email us:

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines I remember when #bordeaux was overpriced & #burgundy was a value~ feeling old #SommChat @CrusBourgeoisUS @BourgogneWines

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. Were there any particular grapes that really stood out during the 2015 harvest? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS In 2015, Petit Verdot had best fruit. It was picked later than usual, along with Cabernet. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Even among wine nerds I know, white Bordeaux seems like only a cult thing; any theories on why? - #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Bordeaux has always been used 100% for red grapes, like in Medoc... #SommChat @demilove

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS Most white Bordeaux are mid-priced, making the high-end wines "cult". #SommChat @demilove

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines #SommChat very difficult finding values in St Estephe, much easier on right bank need some if u can recommend @CrusBourgeoisUS @ToppingRose

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS The #CrusBourgeois association can do some sourcing for you, follow up after #SommChat! #StEstephe

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. Should wine lovers in the U.S. be excited about #wines of the Crus Bourgeois in a fantastic year like 2015? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl 12.Q. How can consumers identify a Cru Bourgeois wine if they see a bottle on a wine list or at a wine store? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS In wine store, look for the Cru Bourgeois sticker and classification on back label... #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS If you're in a restaurant, ask your #Somm! Remember: #CruBourgeois are always from left bank. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Gotta run to next client #SommChat TY @KeeperColl again & to @CrusBourgeoisUS sorry next client only #Italy #wine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm to @CrusBourgeoisUS what are your biggest markets in #US and where are you trying to grow? 1 disturb or more in US? #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS We have 180 #CruBourgeois out of 260 that now sell in the US. All major markets are now covered. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS A consistent number of distributors carry #CruBourgeois, from Illinois to Florida, from DC to California. Demand is great! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. What are the benefits of having a quality assurance process? #SommChat @CrusBourgeoisUS

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS With the quality assurance process, vineyards always have to show they maintain quality even in difficult vintages..

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS It is great insurance for the consumer. Whatever #CruBourgeois you buy, you know you will get value for money at whatever price. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS We are the only classification in Bordeaux who offer that security and consistency. #bordeaux #crusbourgeois #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew Great to know! #SommChat @CrusBourgeoisUS #Bordeaux #wine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl tell us about the current vintages of Cru Bourgeois wines available N U.S. at moment (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Many vintages available from 2009-2012. 2010, 2012: good for cellaring. 2009, 2011: good for drinking. #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS Lots of diversity between each vintage, which is fun. All good value for money and great w/ food! #SommChat

Judia Black @enjoielife @KeeperColl I have a very busy day today! Sorry to miss #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl US “Millennials" hot topic 2 influence certain styles of wines. U think their tastes could affect styles made by @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS Some #CruBourgeois winemakers are millennials! The wines they tend to make have less wood, more fruit forward...

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS... But still maintain the "Medoc" style. 2015 is the ideal millennial vintage. Very interesting. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl W/ prices expected 2 rise for crus classé in a good year like 15, how will #wines of @CrusBourgeoisUS be priced in comparison? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. What is the oldest Cru Bourgeois wine you have ever opened that was still drinking well? @CrusBourgeoisUS #SommChat

Crus Bourgeois US ‏@CrusBourgeoisUS The oldest that was drinking perfectly: '61 Magnum. On an everyday basis, '00, '01 & '04 drinking splendidly...

Crus Bourgeois US @CrusBourgeoisUS 15-20 years cellaring for a $20 Cru Bourgeois bottle can be an incredible value. #CruBourgeois #SommChat @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Vice President of Crus Bourgeois Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Vice President of Crus Bourgeois Francois Nony @CrusBourgeoisUS for his time on #SommChat