Category Archives: En Primeur 2009

Robert Parker and Bordeaux 2009 – The New Scores

Robert Parker’s eagerly anticipated new scores have been released on the Bordeaux 2009s. I say eagerly awaited as the scores were released in the print version of the Wine Advocate hours before they were posted on erobertparker.com – and when … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Bordeaux 2009 Vintage and Potential Theft

Back in 2009 I wrote about Wine Being Stolen to Order when 57 cases were stolen en route to Berry Bros & Rudd and more than 3,000 bottles of red wine and pink champagne, worth £32,000, were stolen in a … Continue reading

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Bordeaux’s Allocation System – A Dickensian Way To Run a Business

The Decanter website has published an article recently written by Rebecca Gibb on the subject of the Allocation System which Bordeaux operates during the En Primeur Campaign. The article contains conflicting views – from fair to unfair – where leading … Continue reading

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Is This The Beginning Or The End?

Most of you are fully aware that the En Primeur Campaign for the 2009 vintage has finally come to a close (albeit somewhat drawn out and painful). Much has been written about the Campaign – with some very conflicting facts, … Continue reading

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Bordeaux 2009 – All Spin and Hype

The spin machine and the hype continues on for this so called Vintage of the Century – which I wrote about earlier as potentially becoming the Con of the Century – and the longer this campaign goes on the more … Continue reading

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Will You Be Able to Buy First Growths at En Primeur 2009?

There are rumours coming out of Bordeaux that the availability of First – and Second Growths for that matter – are going to be rather restricted. One negotiant has already informed me that they are getting frustrated as they know … Continue reading

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En Primeur Scores Bordeaux 2009

All the scores for the Bordeaux En Primeur are now in and it’s interesting to see how the wines have faired. Obviously there is a disparity between the top two critics Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker due to their differing … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2009 – Is The Bubble About to Burst?

Now the tastings are over and people are reflecting on their notes, thoughts and impressions of the so called Vintage of the Century, attention is now being concentrated on price. Being in the middle of it all I have been … Continue reading

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The Grapes That Made The Difference in the Vintage of 2009

Regular readers will know that I think that the châteaux that managed the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes well in the 2009 vintage have definitely added that je ne sais quoi to their wines. Paul Pontallier from Château Margaux … Continue reading

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Bordeaux 2009 En Primeur Summary

Leading up to the recent tastings in Bordeaux I had received several emails and telephone calls as well as reading articles from the wine world which said that the 2009 vintage was exceptional, far better than the 2005, and it … Continue reading

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