5 tips for a successful en primeur campaign...

Every year, merchants and buyers alike get excited about the prospect of En Primeur, even in lesser vintages – for merchants, an opportunity to go and try the new wines that the Chateaux have spent the past year working hard on producing, chatting to the owners about the vintage; its difficulties and challenges, and then trying to gain an understanding of it all.

denis dubourdieu bordeaux 2011 vintage report

Denis Dubourdieu is a professor at the University of Bordeaux and a top oenologist. He is also a consultant, scientist, owner and wine maker of Doisy Daene and Clos Floridene. He is very well positioned to comment on the quality of  the 2011 Bordeaux vintage, or at least on the prevailing climatic conditions that largely dictate what the individual winemakers at the various Chateaux can work with.

Denis Dubourdieux

robert parker 2009 in bottle scores

They were expected to be high, but the 2009 scores released on March 1 by Robert Parker have exceeded the highest expectations.

"Not a myth but mythical" is Parker's subtitle for his Bordeaux 2009 review. Indeed. He goes on to say "In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982". He backs this up by awarding no less than 18 Bordeaux reds, and 1 white, the perfect score of 100 points.

bordeaux bashing, justified or sensationalistic?

There has been an avalanche of reports in the media lately, social media included, about falling demand for Bordeaux wine. Often suggesting that China has fallen out of love with Bordeaux, that it would now be all about Burgundy and that Bordeaux wine prices have but one way to go: South.

It seems to be fashionable these days to engage in a bit of “Bordeaux Bashing”. “Bordeaux would be out of fashion. Grossly overpriced. The bubble has burst. Nobody wants overpriced Bordeaux. Burgundy, even Rhone and Italy is what people want. Sell sell sell”.

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