As the vines’ leaves power into action (and the first spraying is underway), we are beginning to see the small clusters of flowers which will become the grapes of the 2015 vintage, the first trickle of prices are coming through for the 2014 Bordeaux campaign. 2014 is undoubtedly a much better vintage than everything since … Continue reading Weak Euro saves Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Campaign
The primeur week is over. No site of Bob but lots of fruity, fresh wines with supple tannins. Purity of fruit with amazing freshness that one could almost drink now. I have tasting wines en primeur for the last ten years and this is the first time I have felt this. Not sure that they … Continue reading Summing up Bordeaux 2014 Primeur
The end of the Bordeaux Primeur system is nigh so everyone is predicting. It happens every year but it seems more serious in the run-up to the futures tasting starting week 30th March. (For the full Bordeaux primeur 2014 programme) Why is this? Perhaps it coincides with the first vintage in 37 years that Robert Paker will … Continue reading 2014 Bordeaux Primeur – Boom or Bust?
IN BORDEAUX Monday 23 March Dégustation Association de Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion Lundi 23 mars pré-primeurs pour la Place de Bordeaux de 15 h à 20h au Palaiss de la Bourse à Bordeaux Contact et inscription : Virginie Larramona email@example.com Friday 27th March Dégustation Listrac-Médoc Vendredi 27 mars 2015 de 11h à 15h … Continue reading Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Programme
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 The Price Cycle: 2012 Bordeaux chooses to listen and prices come down
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 What to expect Bordeaux Primeurs 2012? 5 Keys to producing successful wines
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 Bordeaux En Primeur 2012. Does the system work?
First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard magazine Since wines were first produced in Bordeaux in medieval times, they have been sold through wine merchants via brokers. This way of trading is called the ‘Place de Bordeaux’ and still exists today. Is it an ever-changing efficient model that has enabled Bordeaux wines to become so … Continue reading The ‘Place de Bordeaux’ – Bordeaux’s Wine Trade under scrutiny
2008 is deemed by all to be better than 2007 and 2006 and yet prices are being reduced by half. Why? Because of the financial climate and because of the run of 'average' cooler vintages since 2005. That was the vintage of the century with wonderful wines being produced throughout the region, Grand Cru Classe … Continue reading 2008 the year to change Bordeaux?