Bordeaux 2012

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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

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

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

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

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


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 2012 Yquem! announces director Pierre Lurton reports AFP

standing to lose 25 million euro but can afford it being owned by the groupe LVMH. What about the smaller producers who cannot afford to foresake a vintage? Harvesting late they got the worst of the rainy weather. AFP article below. Visited Sauternes at the beginning of November and took these photos at Yquem. 15 … Continue reading

Assessment of the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage now its in the barrel

Early unfavourable conditions for the vine which encouraged disease and above all disrupted the flowering, were caught up with exceptionally sunny and dry August and September enabling canny producers to harvest healthy grapes before the deluge of rain towards end October. (Based on a report issued by Euralis experts) Disturbed Flowering The first half of the vine’s … Continue reading

Sweet Bordeaux – Time for a Resurgence

The legendary sweet wines of Bordeaux, produced by the magical noble rot, were heralded in the past as some of the world’s finest and longest living wines, enjoyed by the very rich. Today they can be bought at very fair prices. Due to the painstaking way they are made, their rarity, uniqueness and the fact … Continue reading