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Chateau d’Yquem Will Not Release 2011 En Primeur

News has spread that Chateau d’Yquem will not be releasing their 2011 this year at En Primeur and some have speculated that this is a move which mirrors Chateau Latour’s exit earlier in April. However this is not the case … Continue reading

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90 -92 Parker points at £2 a glass EP – What a bargain!

As most of you are aware the 2011 vintage in my opinion is a mixed bunch. At best this vintage is pretty mediocre. But even in poor vintages there are bargains to be had and everyone loves a bargain! Having … Continue reading

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Is Bordeaux 2011 Really Better Than 2008? – Analysis on Parker’s Scores

One of the big questions that has arisen from the contentious 2011 vintage seems to be ‘Is it better than the 2008?’ There is a lot of spin being talked at the moment and this is quite understandable as chateaux, … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on the Future of Bordeaux Wines

The rumours have now become a reality and it looks as if the chateaux are releasing their wines and prices before Parker releases his scores. Whether this is a wise move or not time will tell. In the past when … Continue reading

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Will Top Chateau Now Sell Direct to Consumers? . . . ‘Latour Stops Selling En Primeur’

Chateau Latour announced on Friday that it will no longer continue to sell wine at En Primeur from 2012. Instead they will keep complete control of their wine and sell it when they consider it to be ready for drinking … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2011 Summary

Having arrived back from Bordeaux and taken stock of all my tasting experiences I am sure there are many Bordeaux chateaux owners who are very disappointed with their wines this year. This is a year that has been extremely difficult … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2011 – Saint Emilion, Pavie Macquin, Angelus, Pressac, Montlabert and La Fleur Morange

My final set of tastings were the wines of Saint Emilion and the Right Bank properties. As we all know by now it has been a very taxing year for the wine makers and this seems to have affected both … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2011 – Margaux, Latour, Palmer, Pontet Canet and Sauternes Revisited, Cru Bourgeois

Another full day of tasting where I managed to re-taste both Palmer, Latour, Margaux and the wines from Sauternes and Barsac. For those of you who are wondering why I retrace my footsteps it is because barrel samples can vary … Continue reading

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En Primeur – Day 3 – Haut Brion, Haut Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Pape Clement, Smith Haut Lafitte, Brane Cantenac, Coutet, de Fargues

As many of you who follow me know I always try to find a WOW factor from each vintage that I taste and with the 2011 vintage I found it today – not from one wine but from an appellation. … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2011 – Day 2 – Leoville Las Cases, Nenin, Potensac, Clinet, Calon Segur, Lafon Rochet, Lagrange

After my second day tasting in Bordeaux I can confirm that this is a vintage made under extremely taxing conditions and I believe that with what vagaries the weather had to throw at them the chateaux have been under pressure … Continue reading

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