Bordeaux 2013: Why buy En Primeur?

It was no pretty picture that had been painted before we headed out to Bordeaux to try the much maligned 2013 vintage earlier this week. The press have not been scared to jump on the usual band-wagon before any wine had even been tasted, reporting that 2013 was a tricky growing season for Bordeaux. A fact that, rather unusually, the majority of the Chateaux owners have not been afraid to admit to also.

Bordeaux 2012

A quick campaign!?

In a complete reversal on the late and sporadic releases of last year, it looks as though the Chateaux of Bordeaux won’t even allow the trade back to their desks before releasing their prices in this year’s campaign. Early reports claim that the campaign should all be over by Vinexpo, which runs 16th to 20th June, much earlier than last year’s finish in July.

the 2012 re-classification of st emilion

The Re-Classification of St Emilion

The latest changes in the St Emilion Classification show that hard work really does pay off. Congratulations to both Chateau Pavie, and Chateau Angelus on their promotions, which put them both in the same league as two of the most respected Chateaux in the world. This achievement is certainly well deserved in our opinion, and is recognition of all of the hard work that both have put in.

bordeaux 2011 en primeur campaign: missed chances

One word to describe the Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur campaign: shambolic.

Some more words: gross mismanagement. Short sighted. No vision or direction. No timing. No respect whatsoever for the merchants and more importantly, the consumer. An absolute shambles.

Who’s to blame? The Chateaux for not listening? The courtiers (the guys who are the go between Chateaux and French Negociants) for not being able to make a market, which is what they are supposed to do and are handsomely paid for?

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