Category Archives: En Primeur 2010

Robert Parker Rescores the 2010 Vintage in Bottle

Every Bordeaux vintage is given 2 sets of scores by Robert Parker – the first is given when he tastes the wine in barrel and the second is given when he tastes the wine in bottle a couple of years … Continue reading

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Rieussec and the Break Down of En Primeur

The Drinks Business have released a very interesting article by Patrick Schmitt covering an interview with Jeremy Howard CEO of Slurp: “It’s An Example of the En Primeur System Breaking Down Completely”. Slurp was founded in 2004 and has moved … Continue reading

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My Take on Bordeaux 2010, the Market, China and the Future

I thought I would let the dust settle before writing a blog about the Bordeaux 2010 prices and the fallout that ensued. There is a lot of unrest and unease in the market and I can only base these thoughts … Continue reading

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Chateau Rieussec – The Next Big Thing? The Dilemma of a First Growth

I am sitting here wondering if we – and by “we” I mean wine merchants – are witnessing a rather big mistake. It’s common practice in Bordeaux to make a conditional offer to merchants that ties in a different wine … Continue reading

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Is Bordeaux Pricing Itself Out of the Market?

For those of you who have been following the Bordeaux 2010 releases you will know that this campaign has been so slow that it has been like watching paint dry. You will also know that the prices are between 10 … Continue reading

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Robert Parker’s Scores for the 2010 Vintage

Having had time to assess Robert Parker’s scores on the 2010 vintage a few things are becoming clear. Firstly Parker has hailed the 2010 as a great vintage, secondly prices will remain high and thirdly due to the polarizing of … Continue reading

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Top Twenty Star Wines of Bordeaux 2010

Having had time to review and reflect on the En Primeur 2010 tastings here is my final list of wines that impressed above all others. These wines are, to my mind, are the stars of 2010. Chateau Haut Brion. 57% … Continue reading

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My Top Wines from the Grand Cru’s Other Labels for the 2010 Vintage

It is well worth while considering the wines made by the Grand Cru Classé Chateaux from their other estates. These wines are more affordable than the Grand Vins and their Second Wines. Several caught my attention at En Primeur this … Continue reading

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My Top Second Wines from the Grand Cru of the 2010 Vintage

With the price of of the Bordeaux 2010 vintage likely to remain high it is worthwhile considering the Second Wines of the Grand Cru Classé and their wines from other chateaux owned by the Grand Cru estates. With the exception … Continue reading

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My Top Cru Bourgeois and Affordable Bordeaux of the 2010 Vintage

As I said in my summary of the 2010 vintage I think there will be some bargains for real Bordeaux lovers from the lesser known but experienced wine making chateaux. I have gathered together the wines that I think will … Continue reading

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