The ‘Place de Bordeaux’ – Bordeaux’s Wine Trade under scrutiny

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

The Financial Backdrop to the 2008 Primeur Campaign

Never before has there been so much talk about the Primeur system and how it is time for things to change in Bordeaux. The Primeur is a particular Bordeaux phenomenon (although seen minimally elsewhere). This is due to the high percentage of new oak barrels that are needed to age the wine in for a … Continue reading The Financial Backdrop to the 2008 Primeur Campaign

Jean-Philippe Delmas; the third generation at Chateau Haut Brion

I remember that Haut Brion, Bollinger and Yquem were served at Berry Bros. & Rudd's 300th Anniversary Dinner in 1998, presented by (in same order) HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Ghislain de Montgolfier and the Comtes Alexandre de Lur Saluces. I think it was at the Ritz Hotel just around the corner from, where I worked at the time at … Continue reading Jean-Philippe Delmas; the third generation at Chateau Haut Brion