Bordeaux Archive

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

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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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 6

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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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 5

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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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 4

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

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

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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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 1

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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Gazin with Nicolas de Bailliencourt… 1989 to 2011

Wednesday just gone was Gazin at the Café Royal with owner Nicolas de Bailliencourt and Laurent Navarre of Ets JP Moueix. We'd long been wanting to do a dinner to celebrate and highlight this sometimes under the radar Chateau. Gazin is brilliantly sited on the Plateau of Pomerol. The wines have...
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Picque Caillou… a great find

On Tuesday evening, at Otto's, Paul Marus and I hosted a Chateau Picque Caillou dinner with the Proprietor Paulin Calvet. Picque Caillou itself is in Pessac-Leognan and is an estate we have worked with consistently since the 1960's. Paulin spoke very well on the evening, he has an almost unique position...
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Bordeaux Days 5 & 6 – Right Bank – Saint-Émilion and Pomerol

Our last two days were spent on the right bank. Friday started off rather grey and gloomy but with a cracker of a schedule. There is a palpable sense of achievement in the bus that we have now tasted a lot of wines and are at the business end of...
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