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Bordeaux En Primeur 2012. Does the system work?

The ‘en primeur week’ black teeth week is nearly upon us when the world’s wine trade and press (around 3000 people) arrive to taste and judge the new baby vintage. This traditional system of selling wines (initially developed to finance the expensive oak barrels) is criticised for being too early and unrepresentative of the finished wine. … Continue reading

Wine Events Calendar 2013 Bordeaux

  With 60 different appellations doing their own thing it is hard to get hold of a full programme of wine events in the Bordeaux area…………any ideas where this could be found? CIVB does not seem to have it. Here are a few I have collected along the way. PRIMEURS 2012: 8-11 April ST … Continue reading

10 Top SIP Tips when…visiting the Bordeaux Wine Region

The beautiful city of Bordeaux with its tall 18th century limestone buildings, wide streets and attractive river-front is undisputably the world’s wine capital. It is the heart of the largest wine region in France (produces one quarter of all wine in France) and stretches over 110,000 hectares. In the past this wine region of 8000 … Continue reading

The Full Primeur Programme Bordeaux 2012

Dégustations Primeurs du millésime 2012 à Bordeaux compiled by AGENCE FLEURIE (, @agencefleurie) L’ensemble de ces dégustations sont réservées aux professionnels de la filière Vin. Sauf précision explicite, l’accès est sur demande ou sur invitation. Dégustation Sweet Bordeaux Le 14 Mars à Cadillac – 11 h à la Maison des Vins Contact Maitena IDIART m.idiart@agencehemispheresud.comContinue reading

World Wine Consumption Trends: Old World versus new

This graph from is a little out of date but shows clearly the trends and differences in per capita consumption. A more up-to-date picture is painted by  recent Vinexpo study. Here are a few of the key points; Global wine consumption is predicted to reach 34.1 billion bottles by 2015 In both markets, per … Continue reading

Roadbook for the D2; the Magical Médoc Route de Châteaux

Find below a crib sheet for the famous Bordeaux châteaux either side of this famous route. (Otherwise use the new smartphone application Bordeaux Wine Trip!) I remember my first drive up the D2 some 25 years ago whilst on a family holiday. I could not believe that all these famous names were either side of this … Continue reading

Wine Tourism in the Côtes de Bordeaux; the prettiest vineyards of Bordeaux

Visiting Bordeaux’s ‘côtes’  is an excellent ‘off-the-beaten track’ choice which offers a mix of things to do around wine throughout the year. Possibly the most welcoming and dynamic wine tourism regions where you will meet the actual winemaker and his family. Côtes de Bordeaux: Castillon, Blaye, Francs, Cadillac The Union of the existing four appellations in 2009, … Continue reading


Union de Grands Crus 9,10 & 11 Avril 2013 Château Fourcas Hosten : Médoc,      Haut-Médoc, Moulis & Listrac Château la Conseillante :      Pomerol Château la Lagune : Sauternes      & Barsac Château Labégorce : Margaux Château Olivier : Graves &      Pessac-Léognan Château Phélan Ségur : Saint-Julien, Pauillac & Saint-Estèphe Château Soutard : … Continue reading

No short-cuts: pruning by hand just about over in the Vineyards of Bordeaux

The monumental task of pruning the vines, come rain, storm, wind or shine, is coming to an end in the vineyards of Bordeaux. Whatever the appellation (and Bordeaux now has 60), the 117,000 hectares of vineyards have just about finished being pruned.Neat vine with one arm and eight potential buds AFTER Pruning The vine, BEFORE pruning (and … Continue reading