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Chateau Bourdieu Absolu 2016 primeur

Tasting En primeur: Château Bourdieu Absolu 2016

Muhammad and the mountain? The primeur tastings in Bordeaux take place every year in early April. We have not been there this year but we did a mini-primeur tasting at home with one wine the other day. I tasted the wine blind. The colour was dark, really dark with a purple rim. The wine looked […]

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Chateau Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2015, and a few older wines, presented by Winefinder

One of last year’s most interesting tastings was organized by the Danish on line wine shop WineFinder in collaboration with the Swede Fredrik Rudebeck, owner of the oldest négociant firm, Maison Beyerman, which dates back to 1620! Fifty Bordeaux chateaux were present. From the late 1960s, almost all of the chateaux take care of their […]

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Graves

Top wines from Bordeaux, primeurs and aged

The annual primeur tasting of Bordeaux in Stockholm took place earlier this fall . For the sixth year running Winefinder, a wine merchant, organised the tasting and I had the opportunity to sit down with their (then) CEO Ole Nielsen for an interview. The interview will be published here soon. But first it’s time for […]

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Chateau Lafon Rochet, Saint Estephe

Selected Bordeaux primeurs 2014, and some older vintages. Purchasing opportunity?

We are now nearing the end of 2015 and many of us who are wine enthusiasts have probably had an opportunity to taste at least a few of the wines of the new vintage 2014. The countries located in the southern hemisphere have, obviously, an advantage and it is far from unusual that a Riesling […]

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The vineyard of Chateau du Tertre in Margaux

Favourites from the Winefinder presentation of new Bordeaux wines, “primeurs”

The internet wine merchant Winefinder has for five years arranged tastings of the Bordeaux primeurs at the prestigious Munich Brewery in Stockholm. It is the latest vintage from Bordeaux which is still in barrels, the vintage 2014. Nevertheless it is presented now and already for sale. It will not be delivered to the buyer until […]

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Landscape in Irpinia, Campania

Greco di Tufo from Irpinia, Italy’s forgotten treasure

BKWine’s Asa reports from the “anteprima“, the primeur tasting, in DOCG Greco di Tufo in Campania “The sun always shines in Campania except in Irpinia,” said my friend from Napoli. He seems to be right. Because when I get off the train at Naples Central Station unseasonably warm sun rays heat me up. But the […]

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Beginning of the end for the primeur sales? Chateau Latour quits

Talking about primeur wines (previous note on Lafite), Château Latour has announced its intention to stop selling its wines en primeur, that is to say, in spring following the harvest. Vintage 2011 will be the last vintage they sell in this manner. Instead they will sell their wines when they are ready to be drunk. […]

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Lafite Rothschild 50 % cheaper than last year. A bargain?

In early April journalists and wine merchants tasted the new vintage, the 2011, during one week in Bordeaux. This is called the primeur tastings. The wines are not ready to drink yet, of course, they still have at least a year and probably more to spend in oak barrels, but this is the Bordeaux way […]

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Primeur wine in barrel

So how did the Bordeaux primeurs 2010 taste? – Featured Contributor Article

Tasting primeurs is not as difficult as it is sometimes said. Wines that young, just barely six months after harvest (tasted in April), can be wonderfully attractive: lots of fruit, hopefully ripe tannins and not too much wood (they have only spent six out of 18-24 planned months in barrel). But there are three things […]

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Wine shop in Bordeaux

Prices on Bordeaux primeurs mostly going up

Prices for Bordeaux primeurs are mainly going up. Again. Is that a cause for concern? No, we argue. Most if not all chateau in Bordeaux will have announced their prices for the primeurs 2010 by now although many of the “releases” seems to have been done later than usual. Perhaps that is because they wanted […]

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Chateau Lafite circular barrel cellar

Prices on Bordeaux primeurs mostly going up

Prices for Bordeaux primeurs are mainly going up. Again. Is that a cause for concern? No, we argue. Most if not all chateau in Bordeaux will have announced their prices for the primeurs 2010 by now although many of the “releases” seems to have been done later than usual. Perhaps that is because they wanted […]

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Chateau Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux

Interesting interviews with top chateaux in Bordeaux

I’m not quite sure why they have done it but it is a very ambitious effort. The Swedish wine importer Hjo Grosshandel has published a dozen video interviews with a handful of the great and glorious chateau in Bordeaux. The interviews were done (it seems) at the primeur tastings earlier this year, and the main […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Haut Medoc & Moulis

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau Belgrave uses 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc in this vintage. Stone, cassis […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Satellite Appellations

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Bordeaux Wine: Satellite Appellations, Cotes de Castillon, Fronsac, Bordeaux Superieur vintage report, reviews, tasting notes and ratings. The satellite appellations […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Saint Emilion

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau Adaugusta 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from vines that average 40 year of age produced a medium bodied […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Lalande de Pomerol

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau La Chenade lalande de Pomerol 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc combine to make a medium bodied, lighter, Pomerol styled […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Pomerol

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau Bon Pasteur This is the home estate of Michel Rolland. The Bordeaux wine opens with black cherry, coffee, black […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Graves/Pessac Leognan

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau Bouscaut Smoke, earth, burnt wood and blackberry scents , this medium bodied Pessac Leognan wine ends with an earthy, […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Margaux

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 L’Aura de Cambon From an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this soft textured Bordeaux wine is filled with […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Saint Julien

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau Beychevelle A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot create a structured, […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Pauillac

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Chateau d’Armailhac 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot produced a wine that opens with […]

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2010 Bordeaux tasting notes: Saint Estephe

Tasting notes, reviews, and ratings of the 2010 Bordeaux primeur campaign, by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider. You can read more by Jeff Leve on 2010 Bordeaux on The Wine Cellar Insider. 2010 Le Petit Bocq Situated on gravel based soils not far from Calon Segur, this blend of 58% Merlot, 29% Cabernet […]

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Bordeaux Primeurs, part 4: tasting notes on some 2010s

Some interesting wines of vintage 2010. Some new names, worth remembering. Château Puygueraud, Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux Very fruity, really easy to taste and juicy. Château Puygueraud, Cuvée George, Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux This wine is made of 45 % Malbec and 35 % Cabernet Franc (the rest is Merlot) so an exciting […]

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Bordeaux Primeurs, part 3: A head start with Stéphane Derenoncourt

We tasted primeur wines already this week (last week, when this comes on the blog) here in Paris. Monday this week Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt invited to a tasting of 2010 from all the chateaux where he and his team work as consultants, in total over 100 chateaux and some domains from outside of Bordeaux […]

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Bordeaux Primeurs, part 2: wines difficult to taste

It is not easy to taste the primeur wines and judge the potential quality and taste. Bordeaux is a wine blended from different grape varieties and at the moment they are kept separately in the barrels. For the primeur tastings the cellar master makes a blend that resembles as much as possible the final blend […]

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Bordeaux Primeurs, part 1: Let the circus begin, ed. 2010

The week of the primeur tastings in Bordeaux is approaching fast. Next week it starts (first week of April – current week when this is published on the blog). Wine merchants and journalists will, during one week, taste and spit hundreds of Bordeaux wines of the new vintage 2010. The wines that are being tasted […]

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Bordeaux primeurs 2010, a new vintage circus

Let the circus begin, ed. 2010 The week of the primeur tastings in Bordeaux is approaching fast. Next week it starts (first week of April – current week when this is published on the blog). Wine merchants and journalists will, during one week, taste and spit hundreds of Bordeaux wines of the new vintage 2010. […]

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Chateau Haut-Brion

Publish and be damned! Or should we have a plan economy for Bordeaux wines?

In an article last week Jancis Robinson advocated a freeze period for comments and reviews on wines tasted at the Bordeaux primeur circus next week (presentation and trade tasting of the new 2010 vintage) until after the chateaux have announced their prices. She argued that holding off on comments may have a dampening effect on […]

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Chateau Margaux

Is the market for Bordeaux wine a market economy or should it be a plan economy?

Jancis Robinson, the heavy-weight British wine critic, wrote an article last week about the imminent Bordeaux Primeurs circus called “Bordeaux 2010 – when to publish?” It has sparked an intense debate both on her site and on the internet in general. Read it all here: http://www.jancisrobinson.com In her article Jancis advocates that wine journalists and […]

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Oak barrel marked "primeur"

Be careful when you buy wines en primeur – especially from 1855.com

Jim Budd is a wine journalist with a penchant for writing about wine fraud. He runs a site on hazy wine investment schemes called www.investdrinks.org (and a normal wine blog on http://jimsloire.blogspot.com). He has recently taken to write about 1855.com, a French-based online wine shop. 1855.com is well known in the French wine press for […]

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