2011 some promising wines but not exceptional: prices should reflect

Prices have not come down as much as buyers had hoped for in the  2011 primeur campaign. Some are pessimistically expecting 'Bordeaux to bomb' over the 2011 campaign. More prices set to come out this week but so far properties have reduced prices by a few percent only despite the big difference in quality compared with 2010. Parker has … Continue reading 2011 some promising wines but not exceptional: prices should reflect

Thoughts before the 2011 Primeurs Bordeaux

The record 25 to 30°C experienced in Bordeaux the last week or so means that the vines should burst into bud this week. The beginning of the 2012 vintage when most minds are focussed on preparation for the primeurs for 2011 that begin 1st April. What will the 2011 wines be like? At harvest many … Continue reading Thoughts before the 2011 Primeurs Bordeaux

2008 the year to change Bordeaux?

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?

2008 update on what is being said before the primeurs

Just before the Primeurs start next week, here is a synopsis of what is being said by those in the know (producers, negociants in Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux) about the quality of the 2008 harvest and why. THE 2008 VINTAGE SPRING very cold spring caused delay in flowering and led to frost damage on the … Continue reading 2008 update on what is being said before the primeurs

“Time to get your new cotes” :new appellation created in Bordeaux

 From the vintage of 2008 you may start seeing a new appellation called the COTES DE BORDEAUX particularly in restaurants. Although from quite different geographical areas of Bordeaux this new appellation groups together areas that, according to Christopher Chateau, the spearmaster behind this campaign, have certain key similarities. Firstly that all of these vineyards are … Continue reading “Time to get your new cotes” :new appellation created in Bordeaux

News from the vats: Bordeaux 2008

The rains have arrived in Bordeaux and luckily all the grapes have been picked, squashed, fermented and now the wine is undergoing its post fermentation maceration period. The fermentation lasts around a week on average and then the wine is left on its skins for approximately another two weeks. For each vat the density of … Continue reading News from the vats: Bordeaux 2008

2008 Bordeaux White Wines Winners again

: With the coolness of the growing season and the resulting high acidity levels the white wines of 2008 seem to have a wonderful aromatic profile and freshness and even more concentration than 2007. Bodes well for the sweet wines too. They are in the process of being harvested. This is done by hand and … Continue reading 2008 Bordeaux White Wines Winners again

2008 Bordeaux: Small Yields help with the quality

Yves Raymond of Chateau Saransot Dupre, Listrac, Haut Medoc comments on the recent 2008 harvest at his property in Listrac: "I have just finished the harvet and this year have very small yields - around 35 hectolitres per hectare. Thanks to this small quantity the quality will be at least equal to 2007 and perhaps even … Continue reading 2008 Bordeaux: Small Yields help with the quality

Bordeaux Harvest 2008: Ready, Set, Go…..

The sun has stopped shining in Bordeaux and short spells of rain mark the end of the autumnal top-up that made the wine producers smile for a while. They have not got a lot to smile about this year. Sugar levels are surprisingly quite high but acidity total (malic and tartric acid combined) levels are … Continue reading Bordeaux Harvest 2008: Ready, Set, Go…..