Bordeaux Primeurs

2019 Bordeaux EP | Château Margaux – Zooming In

By on 09/06/2020

Our plans to taste the latest releases from Chateau Margaux face to face (at a safe distance!) with the team from the Chateau were thwarted last week by complications with travel for the Bordeaux contingent. We had been heading into London to the Mentzelopoulos family's Marylebone outpost - Clarette (the wine bar owned by Alexandra Petit Mentzelopoulos).

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Lafite Rothschild 5 arrows

2019 Bordeaux EP | Lafite & Mouton. A Tasting en Franglais

By on 04/06/2020

Wednesday was quite a day as we headed to the Rothschild family’s English home, Waddesdon Manor, for an impressive Rothschild double header – the 5 wines from the Lafite Rothschilds and 5 wines from the Mouton Rothschilds. It was a strange feeling – very reminiscent of our usual primeur pilgrimage to the great Châeaux of Bordeaux.

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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 “This horrible virus could have been the excuse that the region needed to kick this outdated and increasingly irrelevant ‘buying opportunity’ into the long grass, once and for all.”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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Bordeaux 2015 – Lafon Rochet, Fonbel, Quinault L’Enclos, Clos de L’Oratoire, Moulin St Georges, Prieuré Lichine & D’Aiguilhe

By on 19/05/2016

The dismal day here in London yesterday was somewhat mirrored by the dispiriting news from Bordeaux that they are not really getting the message on pricing! There were several releases that we would like to get excited about - some good wines - but they are as ever, only interesting en primeur at the right price.

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