Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Right Bank

We have crossed the river and started the morning with Cheval Blanc and Ausone, followed by the generic tastings in St-Emilion and Pomerol. Wines with higher proportions of Cabernets, those that have managed to retain freshness by not harvesting too late and those that have followed a route of gentle extraction showed best. Cheval Blanc was […]

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Bordeaux 2009: Left Bank round-up

After a full-on day, it was time reflect on our tastings in the Médoc as we drove across to just north of Libourne. Certainly our impressions thus far suggest that we have a great vintage on our hands, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way in the Northern Médoc. Having tasted this morning at Château Calon-Ségur, […]

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A Cabernet year

I’m dashing between tastings at the moment so won’t report in full, but just from our tastings so far it’s becoming clear that on the left bank at least 2009 is definitely a Cabernet year. That isn’t to say that Merlot isn’t good, but generally Cabernet has performed better and this is being reflected in […]

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Reflections

On reflection the tastings yesterday become more and more interesting. Yes, we saw what will undoubtedly become great wines, but even at the top of the league there was variation. The problem, if we can call it that, was that winemakers had so much time to decide what to do – not all of the choices […]

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First tastes of the first growths

It would have been hugely disappointing if today hadn’t provided fireworks. The 2009 vintage in Bordeaux is being billed as one of the best ever and we had hourly appointments at some of the world’s most sought-after estates. Not everything was as (I) had expected. In 2003 the hot summer gave a certain uniformity to […]

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A good start to the week

We’ve arrived at Caronne Ste Gemme, our home in the Medoc for the early part of the week. Francois served 2000 with dinner – it’s a delicious mix of ripe fruit and attractive freshness. Let’s hope the 2009s age as well.

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Bordeaux 2009: UGC Tastings Start Next Week

The tastings in Bordeaux are an exciting and busy few days, when the entirety of the world’s interested wine-trade arrives in the region in a flurry of hire cars and notebooks. Exhausting, but exhilarating, this week offers the wine trade often its first opportunity to really get to grips with the vintage and draw their […]

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Bordeaux 2009: Château Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion – changes

There have been some recent name changes at these two properties over the last couple of years, so we thought it might help to set out the names of the wines as they are for the Bordeaux 2009 campaign. Château Haut-Brion First wine – Château Haut-Brion Second wine – Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (was Château […]

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Bordeaux 2009: En Primeur de-mystified

“En Primeur” is a French wine trade term for wine which is sold as a “future” i.e. prior to being bottled and for delivery at a future date. Buying En Primeur ensures access to some of the world’s finest wines, many of which are highly sought after, available only in relatively small quantities and can […]

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Bordeaux 2009: What are people saying?

 “Blends (apparently more difficult than usual) were being finalised while we were there. We tasted at Canon and Tertre, both of which were impressive, with very ripe, big tannins… Looking forward to tasting further; I suspect the wines will be less classic than 2005 but that the best will be something truly special.” Nick Dagley, […]

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