Thoreau said "the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it". Well prices for 2017 seem to be about equal to 'good' vintages that have already matured in bottle and are closer to the exciting time when they are 'ready to drink' and you can pull the cork such as 2006 … Continue reading 2017 Recap of value and pricing
With the increase in the number of tourists to Bordeaux (coming increasingly by cruise liner - around 50 come into the city’s port each year or since last July the TGV from Paris in just over 2 hours), the region’s wine châteaux have begun to open their doors (and kitchens) and offer a range of … Continue reading Bordeaux’s Wine (and Food) Châteaux – fancy a little something with your glass of wine?
Thanks to a client Mark Mitchell from Burbank, California who recently spent a few days in Bordeaux to visit its vineyards and dine in its vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants! French for Vegetarian: végétarien French for Vegan: végétalien It wasn't long ago that it was only a juicy 'entrecôte' steak or 'magret de canard' that were … Continue reading The New Line of Vegetarian Restaurants in Bordeaux
Harvest on schedule for around end September! Good flowering conditions so far but rain forecast.....
The recent hot weather in Bordeaux's vineyards have meant that the vines have caught up any delay due to cold temperatures and wet weather experienced from mid April until mid May. The much needed rain has filled the empty water tables and the vegetative cycle is 'full speed ahead'. During flowering we are looking for sunshine and warm consistent temperatures during the … Continue reading Bordeaux Vines caught up, flowering on schedule for next week
Good article which summarises prices over the past few years; http://www.blog.liv-ex.com/2012/05/bordeaux-2011-release-recap.html And here are a few comments from decanter.com Haut Brion is on a par with fellow first growths Lafite and Margaux at €360 ex-negociant, down 45% on last year. Its sister wine La Mission Haut Brionhas dropped 64% on the 2010 price, at €216. … Continue reading 2011 Bordeaux Flurry of prices, despite most down 40% on 2010 interest is tepid
Union de Grand Cru Tastings for trade professionals - Where? Château de Fieuzal : Graves, Pessac-Léognan Château de Camensac : Moulis, Listrac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc Château Marquis de Terme : Margaux Château Lagrange : Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe Château Soutard : Saint-Emilion Château Beauregard : Pomerol Château Kirwan : Sauternes, Barsac http://www.ugcb.net/ En primeurs week is fast … Continue reading 2011 Primeurs Bordeaux (3-5 April 2012)
2011 is going to be a good year for producers who have been diligent through the year and reactive during harvest. It will not be another 2009 and 2010 but closer to 2006 in quality. Some producers express relief saying that the market could not withstand another "exceptional" year with "exceptional" prices. The grapes have … Continue reading Bordeaux Harvest 2011 in the vats; a good year for good vignerons but no hat-trick
On 1st September a violent hailstorm struck both St Estephe in the Medoc and 30km around Branne/Grezeillac in Entre Deux Mers (including southern St Emilion). The storm lasted 20 minutes but caused devastation at its epi-centre with hailstorms the size of eggs stripping leaves and slashing grapes on the bunches. Here up to half of the harvest has … Continue reading Hail hits Bordeaux vineyards two weeks before 2011 harvest is to begin