Bordeaux Archive

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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Bordeaux Day 4 – St Estephe, Joanne, Carmes Haut-Brion

Rain. It started last night at dinner - we were unprepared and got mercilessly drenched on the walk home. This morning is a little better, in a drizzly, foggy sort of way. The new tour bus game is spotting vineyard workers rising eerily from the mist as we drive past. Another...
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Bordeaux Day 3 – UGCs, Phelan Segur, Haut-Brion, Mission Haut-Brion

Having been consistently late yesterday, we have turned over a new leaf and were so early for the St Julien Union des Grands Crus tasting that they were still setting up when we arrived. There is a distinct nip in the spring air today, but it started sunny and crisp...
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Bordeaux Day 2 – Pauillac, Margaux, Sauternes (mostly)

Just as we were dozily watching the sun come up over the Medoc from the comfort of our executive VW minibus, we hit traffic. Someone had gone off one of the notoriously narrow Medoc back roads into a ditch. Fortunately the pompiers were on hand and the only damage appeared...
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Bordeaux 2009, Mouton IMW tastings

While we are gearing up for Bordeaux 2013, it is tempting to revisit two recent Bordeaux tastings as a reminder of how untouchable this region can be when it hits its stride. Both tastings were courtesy of the Institute of Masters of Wine; the first an exhaustive stock-take of the...
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The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold, 22nd – 24th January 2014

  The annual Claret Tasting, held every year in the seaside town of Southwold since the early 1980’s, was this year tasting the much heralded 2010 vintage. The 20 tasters, including Jancis Robinson MW, Neal Martin and Stephen Spurrier, tasted over 300 wines in 24 flights, all served blind. 2010 is of...
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Bordeaux 2012 – First Impressions

This one might well just fly.... The Growing Season: Contrary to popular belief, especially for those who stayed in the UK in 2012, there was in fact a very good growing season; with virtually no rain mid-June to mid-September. Having said that, there was a month or two of rain preceding this,...
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Château Margaux – a mini Tasting

It was great to have Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos and Aurelien Valance of Château Margaux at the office to do a tasting for the team. They are keen to get closer to their customers and consumers and this was a great opportunity to hear what was going on at the estate and...
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