April 18, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 7

I said at the end of the Day 6 post that there was a new tradition of tasting Pingus in Bordeaux, well one much older tradition for the C&B team is to spend a Saturday with the Moueix family. Almost always this starts with a tasting in their offices (but...
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April 18, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 6

One of those special days…. We are lucky in the wine trade to have quite a few days of “work” which our friends and customers would view as anything but. This was just that sort of day. Fitting therefore that we had been joined overnight by Percy and Adam, the team...
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April 11, 2017

Bordeaux 2016: Vintage Report

You know when Google Street View jumps from grey drizzle to brilliant sunshine in one click? That was the 2016 growing season in Bordeaux. A see-saw with one see and one saw. It ricocheted from an extreme of moisture to an extreme of heat. The pivot point was 20th June...
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April 10, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 5

"Second Growths first and First Growths second" It was a very early start made slightly more difficult by the fact that we couldn’t access the 7th floor, where our hotel serves breakfast, until 6.30 as they don’t allow the lift to go there despite Marus and I trying endlessly. Heading out...
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April 8, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 4

A lot of tasting, opinions getting formed… 6.30am breakfast and the “wheels roll” at 7am! However many times you do it there is just something odd (wrong?) about leaving for a wine tasting in the dark! To lighten the spirits DJ Seddon put Bob Marley on the playlist and away we went,...
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April 5, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 3

With day three dawning we split the resources, a car heading up to taste at Palmer - typically good wines though small production - and the main “wagon” heading to the ever fascinating - see picture - Les Carmes Haut-Brion. “Les Carmes” is an estate pushing the boundaries “big-time” and...
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April 4, 2017

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: Day 2

So day two dawned with a very foggy start. Not what we had expected having look forward to a picturesque breakfast on the 7th floor. Whilst on the topic of breakfast it is comfortably the most important meal of any wine tasting day...skim on breakfast and you'll make bad choices...
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April 3, 2017

Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Day 1

Early starts and first impressions So the assessment of 2016 Bordeaux started yesterday morning. I had overnighted in St.Emilion but the core of the team (those that would do all 7 days) met at Bordeaux airport at 10am…a few having had 3am alarm calls. The Bordeaux weather was bi-polar, hot sun one...
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March 28, 2017

Damian Barr #NovelPairing: The Violins of Saint-Jacques

Come with us to the magical Caribbean island of Saint-Jacques where passions – and a volcano – simmer.  Helping Damian choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. You won’t find the island of Saint-Jacques in any atlas. It exists only in Patrick Leigh...
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March 28, 2017

Interview with Régine Sumeire, winemaker at Château La Tour de l’Evêque

The majestic Château La Tour de l’Evêque stands in the commune of Pierrefeu in Provence, surrounded by the woody and crystalline stones of the Maurettes hills, an extension of the “Massif des Maures”. The Château La Tour de l’Evêque, also known as the Château La Tour Sainte-Anne, was acquired by...
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