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The Price Cycle: 2012 Bordeaux chooses to listen and prices come down

At this time of year usually it is ‘the waiting game’. The world wine press and buyers have been and gone. Tasted the baby wine scarcely 6 months of age and reported their findings (except Parker of course). Yet this year 2012 prices have started to come out early and are, so far, what was hoped and … Continue reading

Global Warming: what does it mean for the future of the world’s vines and wine?

The planet is getting warmer. The National Academy of Sciences in a recent report says  “the impacts of climate change on viticultural suitability are substantial”. Michel Chapoutier does not agree; ” ‘When the study says temperature may rise between 1 and 2 degrees, we have  already had vintages where that happened. In 2003 or 2005 for … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2013 starts late

The unseasonally cold and wet weather in April has held back the vine’s development in the early stages of 2013. Normally at the time of the Primeurs the vines are in leaf. This year, despite the Primeurs being a week later (due to an early Easter) the vines were hardly budding and around a month … Continue reading

Popular Pessac; Record Primeur Numbers at Château Olivier

A record number of people were received this week despite the April rain showers at the annual primeur tasting in Pessac-Léognan hosted by Château Olivier, one of Bordeaux’s most historic properties dating back to the 14th century. Pessac Léognan was claimed by many to be one of the most successful appellations in 2012 foe both its … Continue reading

2012 Bordeaux: classic Merlot wines made by the perceptive winemaker

Elegant classic Bordeaux wines with velvety purity were made this year by those winemakers with sensitive insight. The top wines were Merlot dominated (as this variety was able to ripen before the rains) with the top appellations being St Emilion, Pomerol, Pessac-Léognan (red and whites) and some of Margaux. Those in touch with their vines, with nature, who got out of … Continue reading

Matching Wine with Cheese, is it really that scarey?

I have to admit that cheese and wine matching has always scared me a little. I have a friend who has his own cheese stand at the local market in Libourne and he has just opened a shop in the Chartrons La Fromagerie (the epicureal centre of Bordeaux). His name is Pierre Rollet-Gerrard. He swears by … Continue reading

Wine Smiles – My Top 50 wine quotes

Wine helps to lubricate not only the palate but also the wit and intellect. Here are some of my favorite wine quotes that make me smile, particularly when I am supping a glass of wine. “The way to drink a cocktail is quickly, while it’s still laughing at you. Wines, of course, merely smile.” — … Continue reading

Preparing your Bordeaux Wine Tour? Here are some Top Tips to your FAQs!

Bordeaux, UNESCO registered since 2007, is undoubtedly the world’s wine capital. It is well worth visiting along with its vineyards which are France’s largest with 60 different appellations and around 10,000 châteaux. The best way to visit is with a local wine expert to show you around ‘the best of Bordeaux’, peeking behind the scenes and to make it a trip of a … Continue reading

What to expect Bordeaux Primeurs 2012? 5 Keys to producing successful wines

The networks are already filled with views about #bdx12 and the official week has not yet started. Bordeaux is already beginning to fill with the foreign faces of the world wine trade, the early birds to taste the baby vintage 2012, already prodded and poked with barely six months of age. Criticised but surprisingly not yet … Continue reading