Tag Archives: St Emilion

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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The 2012 St-Emilion Classification: The perfect compromise?

Bordeaux classifications… what a can of worms they can be. On the one hand you have the 1855 classification of left bank Châteaux, set in stone (apart from one “minor” amend in 1973) and controversial on the basis of its immovability even though times and wines have evidently changed. On the other hand you have […]

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Bordeaux 2011: Nick Dagley’s Vintage Report

The weather and its effects I witnessed first hand the topsy-turvy weather conditions, which made 2011 such a challenge for the vignerons; I was sunburnt and hot during the en-primeur tastings of the first week in April, rained on and distinctly chilly in August and then overheated again during my annual harvest visit in September. […]

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A sneak preview of 2011 Bordeaux

; ; ; It has been a frantic and tiring couple of weeks for the winemakers of the Cercle Rive Droite, the 10 year old association of a number of Châteaux from the right bank of the region. They have been travelling around the world, showing their 2011’s (in many cases alongside their 2009’s or […]

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2010 Bordeaux – Today’s Releases

  It’s been a busy day in the office today, with a few of the most popular and sought-after wines being released, including Montrose, Lynch-Bages and Pichon Longueville (Baron). It was inevitable, after the slow start to the campaign, that we would see some days where it seems almost non-stop, but it certainly makes life […]

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2010 Bordeaux release: Jonathan Maltus’ single vineyard wines

Recognised worldwide as one the top garagistes winemakers in St Emilion, Jonathan Maltus bought Château Teyssier in 1994 and put it on the wine map very quickly, mainly by investing in the winemaking technology he found in theNew World, building two brand new wineries. He continued buying neighbouring parcels of vines, producing single vineyard wines […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Gloria, Moulin St Georges & Smith Haut Lafitte

A busy morning today and with the promise of more to come, as there are just a few days until Vinexpo starts in Bordeaux and another potential lull in proceedings. 2010 Château Gloria, St-Julien £312 per case of 12 bottles in bond Described by Robert Parker as “a full-bodied, big, thick, well-proportioned, super-endowed Gloria”, the 2010 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Dom. de Chevalier, Malescot and Fonbel

Another busy morning, with a spate of releases first thing, including the tremendously reasonably priced Château Fonbel from the same stable as Château Ausone. Domaine de Chevalier has also released both its red and white wines, resisting the temptation to raise the price much from last year – making them both a very good prospect […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Giscours, Echo de Lynch Bages, Berliquet and Carbonnieux

Well, it’s been a busy morning. Finally, after what feels like weeks of waiting, we have seen some of the bigger names release their prices, heralding what looks like  an action-packed rest of the week. Four releases from amongst the host are: 2010 Château Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac £300 per case of 12 bottles in […]

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Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 2010 and Wine of the Day

Wine is my passion and I really love my job. Even so, some days are better than others and when I found myself walking in Mayfair on a sunny afternoon, on my way to a tutored tasting of Michel Chapoutier’s top wines with the man himself, I cannot pretend to have been anything less than excited. […]

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