Author Archives: Jack Chapman

Bordeaux Wine cellar

Why on earth would I buy Bordeaux 2021?

By on 11/05/2022

I feel like these blogs have become something of a confession of late, so here鈥檚 another one. As much as, when we visit Bordeaux, I鈥檓 acting in a professional capacity (something many of you will know I鈥檓 just about capable of鈥) to taste, evaluate and communicate a vintage to you, I鈥檓 also secretly really just figuring out what I want to buy.

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Pichon Lalande

2021 Bordeaux En Primeur | Pauillac

By on 11/05/2022

Great old, grand old Pauillac. The most revered appellation in the M茅doc felt more like it had gone back in time than perhaps any other area. The wines were generally very lean and precise 鈥 Merlot, again, suffered a fair bit up here and, with the wines usually Cabernet focussed anyway, it meant that these high percentages were pushed even higher.

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Smith Haut Lafitte

2021 Bordeaux En Primeur | Pessac-L茅ognan

By on 08/05/2022

Pessac-Leognan is a slightly peculiar place. You start in the city 鈥 Carmes Haut Brion, it鈥檚 fair to say, is quite literally an 鈥榰rban winery鈥, such is its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Bordeaux. Slowly you start to drift out, Haut-Brion & La Mission, two absolutely stunning Ch芒teaux, appear almost out of nowhere, cutting through the tower blocks and urban sprawl.

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2017 Brunello

2017 Brunello di Montalcino | Vintage overview

By on 17/02/2022

Have you ever found, upon opening a bottle of Brunello, that you鈥檝e tasted it and thought 鈥業 like this, but it鈥檚 just a little too austere for me 鈥 where is the pure pleasure?鈥. If that鈥檚 crossed your mind and stopped you from getting really excited about the wines, then the 2017 releases are for you.

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2020 Burgundy En Primeur travel diary part 1

2020 Burgundy | Part 3 – C么te de Nuits & C么te de Beaune

By on 30/12/2021

You know what I can鈥檛 stand. When you try and look up something very simple like 鈥榟ow to change a light bulb鈥 and a website insists on running you through the history of the lightbulb, every other lightbulb on the market and what might replace the lightbulb in the future before just telling you what you need to know 鈥 all in order to up their content-based hits.

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The Outsider Releases 2021

By on 03/09/2021

The Outsiders 2021 We enjoyed a slightly belated tasting of the wines which variously seem to have become known as 鈥楾he September Series鈥 鈥楲a Place Late Releases鈥 or to us 鈥楾he Outsiders鈥. Something which more or less began with a few Californian producers looking for global reach for their wine, it now represents wine from Italy, Oregon, Argentina, Australia, The Rhone and Bordeaux itself.

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