Category Archives: Chateaux Profiles

Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 4 – Domaine de Chevalier, Chateaux Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clement, Olivier and Haut Bailly

It rained all night and all day here in Bordeaux. Today I visited Chateau Malartic Lagraviere to taste the wines of the Pessac Leognan and Graves AOCs. Several wines were on show and having tasted all of them I am … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 3 – Chateau Lynch Bages, Branaire Ducru, Montbrison, Lascombes, Chasse Spleen, Doisy Daene, Guiraud and Crus Bourgeois

You’ll be happy to know that the weather currently in Bordeaux is what we normally experience in the UK, it’s persisting with rain and I am sat in my hotel room this evening looking out on a wet and soggy … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 2 – Chateau Haut Brion, Angelus, Cheval Blanc, Troplong Mondot, La Fleur Morange, Vieux Chateau Certan

Day 2 started at the First Growth Chateau Haut Brion (Pessac Leognan) where we were offered 6 reds and 3 white wines from the estate. All the reds were around 13% abv and yet again showed the 2013 vintage’s characteristic … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 1 – The Four First Growths on the Left Bank, Chateaux Palmer, Grand Puy Lacoste, Ducru Beaucaillou, Calon Segur, Montrose, Leoville Poyferre

Not having read too much into the 2013 vintage before arriving in Bordeaux I started with a completely open mind. My conclusions at the end of the day are that it is not a vintage to get excited about. It’s … Continue reading

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Breaking News – 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign Starts Early

Astonishingly the 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign has kicked off early this morning before anyone has had a chance to even taste the wine they are being offered to buy. Chateau Pontet Canet has been released at 60 euros. Surprisingly … Continue reading

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Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – Chateau Gazin, Pomerol

Hop across from the AOC of historic Saint Emilion and you will find yourself in neighbouring Pomerol, the home of Merlot in Bordeaux. Here, on the gently rolling plateau, some of the world’s most famous wines are created. However there … Continue reading

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A Little Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – La Dominique, Saint Emilion

Every year certain chateaux are allotted the task of holding the En Primeur tastings for their specific AOC by the UGCB (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux). It’s considered an honour to be chosen as a host and it’s also … Continue reading

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Chateau Latour Invests in the Right Bank with stake in Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol and Saint Emilion

The owner of First Growth Chateau Latour, Francois Pinault, has invested in Pomerol, its neighbouring AOC Lalande de Pomerol and Saint Emilion for the first time by gaining a 49% stake in the vineyards of Baron Guichard. The investment is … Continue reading

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Chinese Make First Investment in Margaux

The Chinese have made their first investment in Margaux with the state owned Liaoning Energy Investment group’s purchase of Clos des Quatre Vents, Chateau Tayac Plaisance and Villa des Quatre Soeurs from Luc Thienpont. The group have also acquired Thienpont’s … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Wine: Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar For My Honey

With France being the ‘home of romance’ and Paris being the ‘city of love’ it only seems natural to suggest a French wine to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. After all, the earliest Valentine verse was penned by a 15th century … Continue reading

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