Author Archives: Charles Lea

Pontet Canet

2019 Bordeaux EP | Pontet Canet kicks off

By on 29/05/2020

Vintage good to outstanding. Timing poor to appalling. Pricing might be interesting We have already expressed our sympathy with the view that the interruption of the primeur tastings in Bordeaux should really have resulted in a radical rethink of the whole en primeur circus, which, in the last ten years, has become a selling opportunity for the Chateaux rather than a buying opportunity for the consumer.

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2019 Bordeaux EP Launch

2019 Bordeaux EP | Negative Comment, But Bordeaux Presses On

By on 26/05/2020

We’ve already said that the UK trade is not terribly enthusiastic about the prospect of a primeur campaign over this summer, and we are not the only ones. “This horrible virus could have been the excuse that the region needed to kick this outdated and increasingly irrelevant ‘buying opportunity’ into the long grass, once and for all.” (Matthew Jukes)

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Denis Durantou

By on 21/05/2020

I am still reeling from the news of the death last week of Denis Durantou, owner and winemaker of Chateau l'Église Clinet, La Petite Église (its second wine) Cruzelles, Montlandrie, La Chenade and Saintayme. He was only 62. I've been so disengaged (delegation) from the last two Bordeaux primeur campaigns, that I didn't even know he was ill.

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Michael Broadbent MW – RIP

By on 20/03/2020

‘a whiff of wet oilskin’, ‘like a pretty child with an upturned nose’ – tasting notes from one of the greats. In the midst of all the current gloom and uncertainty, take a moment to celebrate the long life of Michael Broadbent MW, who died on Wednesday night, timing his exit elegantly as you’d expect. Think about raising a glass in his memory over the weekend.

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2018 Burgundy En Primeur Vintage Report

2018 Burgundy Vintage Report

By on 08/01/2020

The Whites The whites, produced from a welcome large harvest, are good to very good, a vintage which will be welcome in the market as much for the volume as for the quality. The grapes were in perfect condition at the harvest and it was possible to press hard and long.

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