Tag Archives: St-Julien

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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The Great Léoville taste-off at Glaziers Hall

The river Thames and London Bridge formed the backdrop for our comparative Léovilles tasting at Glaziers Hall last night. Six vintages of Barton and Poyferré spanning twenty-three years, two legendary châteaux making wine from a great terroir. The 2008s set the scene for the evening with an early look at the youngest vintage physically in […]

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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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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 Release: Leoville Barton

The first release, at the beginning of what promises to be a busy few days, is a perennial favourite of our, Léoville Barton.  This is a property that rarely fails to impress and 2010 was no exception; this was a concentrated wine, but exceptionally pure and well balanced. 2010 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien £849 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 Releases – Langoa, Talbot and Réserve de la Comtesse

Our Bordeaux campaign is now in full swing and we have already had a few new releases this morning: 2010 Château Langoa-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien £519.00  per case of 12 in bond. Anthony Barton’s 3rd growth was outstanding this year, slightly more approachable than its bigger brother but with excellent ageing potential. “A swathe of […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases – Gruaud-Larose & Haut-Bages-Libéral

Things are definitely gathering pace now and we are finally seeing some the more well-known names making an appearance. Château Gruaud-Larose has produced a delightful, stylish wine this year, not withstanding a quite powerful tannic structure. Robert Parker gave it 92-94 points in this vintage, describing it as “the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Batailley and Lalande-Borie

With a public holiday looming in France tomorrow, it seems that the gears have finally engaged and a few more properties are on the move, including the ever-popular Château Batailley and Lalande-Borie, from the team at Ducru-Beaucaillou. 2010 Château Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac £300 per case of 12 bottles in bond Fruits of the forest […]

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Bordeaux New Releases: Le Crock and Moulin Riche

As we neared the end of our day yesterday, we were brightened by the release of two great wines from the Cuvélier stable – of Léoville-Poyferré fame. These two wines are perennial favourites of ours, offering style and substance at very fair prices. 2010 Château Le Crock, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe £180 per case of 12 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Beychevelle & Cantemerle

A small flurry of activity this morning, as we see two popular properties release their prices – Châteaux Cantemerle and Beychevelle. Always tremendous value for money, Cantemerle was one of the many Crus Bourgeois that impressed us this year. 2010 Château Cantemerle, Cru Classé Haut-Médoc £248 per case of 12 bottles in bond On the […]

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