Bordeaux

Moueix 2017: Vintage Notes

“J’ai hiverné dans mon passé Revienne le soleil de Pâques.” Guillaume Apollinaire Some wines you taste, almost mechanically, before jotting down a note and moving onto the next one. Most wines fall into this category, if we are honest. But every now and then, there are wines which disrupt your Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2017: Vintage Report

Visit our Bordeaux 2017 hub here Our tasting team is now in Bordeaux, with several days of visits underway. Watch our interviews with some of Bordeaux’s top producers here. Here are some initial thoughts from the front line following the first day’s tastings… SETTING THE SCENE After three good vintages, Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Burgundy

Burgundy 2016 Vintage Notes

  Following a visit in September 2016, I wrote, “2016 is still on the vine, but the crop has been severely reduced by frost and then mildew. Losses range from around a third to the point where you wonder if it is worth sending in the pickers at all. And Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Bordeaux

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 Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Burgundy

Burgundy 2015: Vintage Report

The 2015 growing season was a meeting of extremes. The summer heat left its stamp on the fruit, with succulent, ripe flavours pervading the wines. There are substantial tannins in the reds thanks to thick grape skins, although they are supple, almost without exception. There is freshness and poise too, Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Burgundy

A Second Take on Burgundy 2015s

Following our initial notes on Burgundy 2015 we have been at it again. At the end of October, we visited most of our remaining growers in Burgundy and so now have a reasonable idea of the vintage. My ‘take’ on 2015 in Burgundy has not changed greatly since visiting in Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago
Burgundy

A Summer’s Tasting Trip To Burgundy

We are at a curious point in the evolution of supply and demand for Burgundy. Whilst interest has never been stronger, recent years have seen hugely variable production, leading to inevitable pressure on prices. Add to that an unfavourable exchange rate and we approach the coming 2015 vintage with a Read more

By Guy Seddon, ago