• Bordeaux 2017 – Emerging en primeurs

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    If you’re anyway interested in fine wine Bordeaux will be a heading bandied around many mails coming into your inbox this month. The 2017 en primeur campaign has started and the first Châteaux are gently releasing their prices. This will be an interesting campaign, not least because support for this vintage is (quite rightly) cautious thanks to late frosts decimating vineyards around the region. Members of the trade are looking for a reduction in prices of at least 20% to encourage take up of these wines, still sleeping in their oak barrels. One of the first to the post; Château Palmer

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  • Haut-Médoc, Moulis, Listrac, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes & Barsac. Bordeaux 2015

    So old, yet so young

    Tastings for Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Moulis and Listrac were held at Ch. Citran in the Haut-Médoc. A rural Château festooned with proud peacocks offered a refreshingly understated venue for the tasting. Looking at the communes case by case: Haut-Médoc showed good concentration for most with less expression on the nose than expected for some. The commune was very hard to define for 2015 overall and has proved to be more of a case of judging wine property by property. Listrac-Médoc generally had good structure in the form of integrated supporting tannins and sweet ripe fruit. Moulis-en-Médoc offered perfumed, expressive tones with the sort of open appeal

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  • Building up to Bordeaux 2015

    We’re in the gates, the flag is raised and the tension is mounting. What will happen when the gates open? Will we all bunch up on the first bend and then fall back when high prices are set or smoothly settle into position, finding our stride, finally emerging from the pack triumphant with new fire to ignite the 2015 en primeur campaign. Bordeaux 2015 is here. ‘The rule of five’* is a phrase that has been bandied around Bordeaux a lot of late. At first mainly due to the desperation of those in the trade hoping for a top vintage following four

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  • Château Guiraud 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes March 2012

    An overview of one of the many Chateaux Harriet visited on her recent trip to Bordeaux.

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  • Anthony is quoted in Decanter!

    Anthony Tindal’s thoughts on this years En Primeur Campaign.

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  • Where’s Wally? No where’s Tindal in the collection of corks?!!

    Win your way to going home with some wonderful wines for free!

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  • Bordeaux producers discontentment at way their money is being wasted

    A crowd of discontented Bordeaux producers headed by Dominique Techer, owner of Chateau Gombaude-Guillot and Clos Plince in Pomerol have threatened to sue the CIVB (Comite Interprofessional des Vins des Bordeaux) over the fact that their annual subscription is not being spent wisely. Do you think that in Ireland us tax payers should do something similar to our current government??  

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  • Parkers Points Bordeaux 2009

    So the man himself … seen as God by many and certainly the most influential wine critic in the world today has released his notes on Bordeaux 2009. He favours the bigger reds and bolder styles, leaving those looking for a subtle juice confused by his scores. A lengthy profile entitled “The Million Dollar Nose” ran in The Atlantic Monthly in December 2000. Among other claims, Parker told the author that he tastes 10,000 wines a year and “remembers every wine he has tasted over the past thirty-two years and, within a few points, every score he has given as

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