Archive for April, 2011

Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 6

So the last day of the trip started, later than usual, with another dose of glorious sun. We had just one tasting and then lunch but a real highlight it turned out to be. Helen drove us out of Bordeaux to the base of Ets JP Moueix in Libourne, where...
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Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 5

Percy, our Chairman, started right at the top of the tree, with a tasting at Pétrus. Pétrus 2010 is 100% Merlot, which makes little difference as it has only ever had a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc in it. Only 50% new oak as Olivier (Berrouet) said it was a vintage...
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Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 4

We didn't have far to travel to the first appointment of the day, but then you don't turn up late to the First Growths... Even so, being ready and raring to go at 7.25, outside La Mission Haut-Brion (where we tasted the Haut-Brion too as well as the respective second...
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Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 3

The wheels on the bus...sorry no need to break into song...got into action at 7am and by 7.35 we were outside Branaire Ducru to taste with Patrick Maroteaux. We had tasted at Branaire the day before as part of the UGC, but it is better to taste in isolation and...
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Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 2

We woke on Day 2 to a cloudless sky and the amazing weather was to remain from then on, finally reaching a peak of 32 degrees on Day 6. Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse at 8.15 was the first tasting of what was to be a long day. We tasted the Grand-Puy-Ducasse, also...
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Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Tastings – Day 1

Having arrived in Bordeaux on Sunday evening and had a quick dinner at Le Noailles, Alison (Buchanan), Paul (Marus) and myself set off early for Latour. The day was one of Châteaux visits as the big Union des Grands Crus (UGC) tasting did not start until the Tuesday. Wherever possible,...
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Wine Trip to Bordeaux: where to eat…

A beautiful city and a food & wine paradise, Bordeaux has plenty of good restaurants to choose from. Here are the places our team visited in April 2011. View C&B Wine Trips: where to eat in Bordeaux in a larger map Le Noailles 12 Allée de Tourny, 33300 Bordeaux Tel: +33 5 56 81...
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‘Magnum’ night at Zucca

The idea for a private sales team dinner was, like most great ideas, born in the pub.  The theme was Magnums (to be served blind) and they were not allowed to be from our own stocks. There was only one venue Mr Hargrove’s favourite restaurant – Zucca, www.zuccalondon.com. We started with...
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Benjamin Romeo – Rioja with a difference

The English voice of our sat-nav sounded very out of place as we wound our way through the steep, narrow streets of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, the tiny hilltop village which Benjamin Romeo - trailblazing Riojan winemaker - calls home. We were racing against the setting early spring sun, so...
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