Category Archives: En Primeur 2012

Chateau Troplong Mondot – The Valette Success Story

Chateau Troplong Mondot has gone on from strength to strength in recent years and the quality of the wines has just kept on improving. Troplong Mondot was bought by Parisian vintner Alexandre Valette in 1936 and is now run by … Continue reading

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Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse – Wines from the ‘Peak Where the Cuckoo Sings’

Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse sits high on a hill overlooking the isthmus of the River Dordogne and the surrounding patchwork of vineyards. The view is breathtaking and at night you can even see the lights of the city of Bordeaux … Continue reading

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Bordeaux and Japan – Recapturing the Market

With all the hype in Bordeaux about China over the past couple of years it’s easy to forget that Japan is an important market for Bordeaux. Japan experienced a red wine boom in the 1990s which bottomed out by 2005. … Continue reading

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Chateau Pavie Macquin – The Cinderella Wine and Her Story

Chateau Pavie Macquin is rapidly climbing the ladder to stand with the greats, thanks in part to some inspired pioneers, gifted wine makers and a splendid terroir. Dubbed a ‘Cinderella’ by Nicolas Thienpont, the estate’s manager, this chateau is no … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – Chanel’s Chateau, Rauzan Segla, Reclaims its Glory

Chanel’s chateau, Rauzan Segla, shocked many wine merchants when the estate released their 2012 En Primeur at an enticing price (37% down on 2011). The estate’s new commercial strategy was encouraged by Director John Kolasa who told Decanter: “There are … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – Chateau Clos Fourtet, Dubbed ‘A Killer St Emilion’ by Parker

Throughout the Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur Campaign we have seen some chateaux taking note of the market and utilising a sensible pricing strategy that will appeal to merchants and consumers alike. (On the other hand we have seen plenty of … Continue reading

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New Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classés – 2012 Parker Scores

Bordeaux En Primeur always reminds me of waiting on football results – no matter how much you like or dislike it Robert Parker’s scores on each vintage have an effect on the positioning of each wine in the market. Winners … Continue reading

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Chateau Petrus Sets Up Sole Distribution Company – Changes Afoot in Bordeaux?

Jane Anson, writing for Decanter.com, has reported that Chateau Petrus is to be sold through a new company as sole distributor. Petrus is famously one of the most expensive wines in the world and has a rarity factor, acquiring a … Continue reading

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Chateau La Tour du Pin’s Disappearance

Followers of Chateau Cheval Blanc may have noticed that the Grand Cru Classé chateau that was acquired by its owners (Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère, LVMH) in 2006, Chateau La Tour du Pin, seems to have disappeared. Apparently the decision … Continue reading

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2012, The Drinking Vintage!

Having returned from a hectic week of tasting hundreds of Bordeaux wines I have had time to gather my thoughts and reflect on the latest vintage from the various appellations of Bordeaux. My conclusion is that the 2012 is not … Continue reading

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