Bordeaux Archive

Corney & Barrow in Bordeaux

With our extensive list of contacts in Bordeaux we managed to get some time with the area's key producers. Every En Primeur campaign is a bit of a whirlwind. Samples tasted hurriedly, the inevitable discussion about it's worth. Whatever your point of view, En Primeur is as much a part of...
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The Saviour of Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion has always been the noisy neighbour to the Bordeaux establishment. Forgotten in the 1855 classification and left to its own devices, the region’s winemakers have had to play catch up to their illustrious neighbours further west ever since. Francois Mitjavile couldn’t give a damn about all that. He came in...
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Domaine de Chevalier Vertical: Drinking history…

The place: Bonhams new restaurant (more about that later). The wines: a vertical of Domaine de Chevalier. Blanc – 1986, 1976, 1975, 1970, 1967, 1966, 1964 and 1962 Rouge – 1964, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1952, 1947, 1929 All the wines were generously donated by a private collector. This could easily have become...
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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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