April 2, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 7 – ‘Fin’

Beer

So the last day dawned, a beautiful day for tasting with a fresh temperature and little cloud cover. This was nice timing as the first stop was Petrus. To a certain degree it is a nerve wracking pace to taste because the expectation is very high, there was nothing to...
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April 1, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 6

Cos

Finally a morning came with no rain! It was however a very early start with a tour and tasting at Les Carmes Haut-Brion a property we have followed for some time now. They have a totally new set up being built that should see the great progress at this estate...
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March 31, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 5

Beaucaillou

With the wonderful dinner from the night before having possibly affected the quality of sleep there was a slight weariness as we embarked on the trip to the Union de Grand Crus (UGC) tasting of the Margaux commune. We also managed to be 30 minutes early, this would not normally...
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March 30, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 4

Cellar

Having negotiated an early breakfast, though sadly no hot eggs and bacon, at 7am we were off and running by 7.30 heading up to Branire-Ducru for the first visit of the day. [caption id="attachment_4314" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Rubbish weather at Branaire[/caption] The snoring from the back row started early but fortunately never became...
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March 29, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 3 – Drizzle and mist…

JoJo

An early Sunday departure at 8.30am, with an hour lost to the clock change was a nervous one as Mr Marus had not the chance to make a baguette to be sure of surviving the morning (he needs a regular intake of food) as the bread had not arrived by...
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March 28, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 2 – ‘To short-sleeved sweater or to not’ that is the question…

Moueix_brass

These trips tend to quickly slot into a pattern very quickly. The 'van' seemed to instantly organise itself into rows by body type, with the lean and tall taking the middle row and the chairman at the helm - the more generously proportioned (myself firmly included) in the back where...
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March 27, 2015

Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 1

Breakfast

Following a painfully early alarm call it was the 8am flight to Bordeaux for Alison, Paul, Guy and your blogger Will… The meeting point had to be Jamie’s at Gatwick for a stamina giving breakfast. Once we landed in Bordeaux and met the wagon that would be our office-from-the-office for the next...
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March 19, 2015

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville 2013 vintage

danger-1

Every March Guillaume d’Angerville comes to London to do a tasting for the press with his Uk co-agents, of which we are delighted to be one, of the most recent vintage release. In this case 2013. The commune of Volnay has had a rough time of it with minute yields in...
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March 13, 2015

Rule Britannia

JF_glass

On hearing that you work in the wine trade, a very frequent question posed is what is the best wine you have consumed? For me the answer has always been the same, it is not just about the wine, but the wine and the occasion. My fondest wine memories have...
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March 11, 2015

A Spotlight on Psi – “It is about giving back to Ribeira for all that it has given to me”

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On Friday 6th March Peter Sisseck visited Corney & Barrow to showcase Psi and explain the concept behind the wine. The world-famous Dominio de Pingus was founded in 1995 to high acclaim, yet Peter has remained refreshingly down to earth. His academic analysis of his own wines and his desire to...
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