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Burgundy 2011 Day Five: Pulignys in Pommard, masterclass in Volnay and mature bottles

Our last day in Burgundy was much more about getting home to our respective families before the weekend than it was about wine tasting, but we did manage to squeeze in a couple of tastings in the morning, and very nice they were too. First stop was Jean-Marc Boillot’s house in Pommard to taste his […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Four: Marathon tastings, New shoes and Pear Ciders…

Our penultimate day in Burgundy started with a visit to the thoughtful Etienne at Domaine Jean Grivot. His caveat that he prepares the samples in the morning and they taste better as the day goes on is an interesting one, as most wines already showed vey well indeed. His focus on maintaining freshness in his […]

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Bordeaux – September 2012

Freshly back from a tour of Bordeaux last week, The Lay & Wheeler Management team share their thoughts and experiences Dave’s View Last week, I travelled to Bordeaux with Nick Dagley, our Fine Wine Buyer. I decided to take the scenic route of the Eurostar and TGV, whilst Nick travelled from Luton Airport – I […]

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2011 Bordeaux – this morning’s releases

The words “flurry” and “activity” haven’t exactly been used much so far in the 2011 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign; however it would appear that today is the turning point, as we have had a number of important releases first thing this morning. The biggest names to have released are – at about half the price of […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – New Release: Malescot-St-Exupéry

After the excellent value of yesterday’s release of Pontet-Canet, it seems other properties are following suit, with reductions on their prices that make the wines a far more appealing prospect. Malescot-St-Exupéry was described as “opulently” styled by Robert Parker, giving it 91-93 points. 2011 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux £369 per case of 12 bottles […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Château Guiraud

There is little dispute that 2011 is a great vintage for Sauternes and this is evident in the great quality to be found in Château Guiraud. Organic since 1996, the property is currently making itself into a centre for research into organic methodology and different clones of Semillon and Sauvignon-Blanc. In 2011 they lost 40% […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Pontet Canet

One of the undisputed stars of Pauillac over the last few vintages, Pontet Canet in this vintage has been described by Robert Parker as “of first-growth potential”. Releasing from the Château at a very reasonable price level, we are very pleased to recommend this property in this vintage. 2011 Château Pontet-Canet, Cru Classé Pauillac £366 […]

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Bordeaux 2011 New Releases: Hosanna,La Fleur Petrus & Batailley

It’s certainly not a campaign that’s in a hurry to get underway, but yesterday (not a bank holiday in France) saw the release of the top wines from the Moueix portfolio and also Château Batailley, always a good value purchase for those seeking reliable, classically proportioned claret. The wines of JP Moueix are always of […]

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Bordeaux 2011: du Tertre, Pibran & Fonplégade

After the quiet of the pre-Parker week and the French public holiday, we’re finally out of the starting blocks this morning with three releases that we are pleased to be able to offer in this vintage. Château Pibran was a property that we heard praised by many of the wine professionals who were tasting at […]

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Robert Parker’s 2011 Verdict: Our thoughts

On the 14th of March, before even tasting the 2011 vintage, Robert Parker tweeted: “Heading back to Bordeaux next week to taste 2011. Absolutely no interest in the vintage if my instincts are correct”. With this and other negative press reports around, we were not expecting great things when we visited the regions. After tasting […]

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