2015 Bordeaux – what the critics say – and who matters to you?

By on 10/05/2016

There is a wealth of choice of critical reporting on Bordeaux 2015. Maybe too much for any one voice to be heard. Perhaps the merchant's view is becoming more important again in the absence of the absolute arbiter that has been Robert Parker - but in the end it is your casting vote - 'is it worth a punt?' - that matters.

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Bordeaux 2015 – recent releases – some good value cellar-fillers

By on 03/05/2016

Releases continue to trickle out in Bordeaux, rather slowly given that, according to one rumour coming out from the Bordeaux trade, the majority of the big names intend to be out before Vinexpo Hong Kong, which runs from the 24th to the 26th May, and that's a lot of wines to release in a month with more French holidays than you'd think possible in a country that only works 35 hours a week anyway.

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Victoria Moore in the Telegraph – ‘don’t de-mystify’ + 2 wines in the press this weekend

By on 01/05/2016

The L&S team are so used to me going on about how the fun of wine is in the complexity and nuance, the origins, the whys and wherefores of how the flavours get into a glass of wine, that they might wonder if I had inspired this weekend's article by Victoria Moore in the Telegraph, which, coming rather late to the party, I read over breakfast this morning.

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L&S Barnes shop: White Burgundy tasting 17th & 18th May

By on 01/05/2016

LEA & SANDEMAN – BARNES The White Burgundy – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th May Our second Tasting of 2016 will be a first for us, as we will be concentrating only on White Wine and only from one region. That region however will be Burgundy, home to arguably the greatest white wines in the world.

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Bordeaux 2015 – Waiting for Martin

By on 29/04/2016

Today is the day when we expect Neal Martin's verdict on the 2015 vintage. Many critics have already given their opinions, with a rave review (six hundred pointers and lots of 'best-evers') from James Suckling (, enthusiastic set of notes from Roger Voss of the Wine Enthusiast (wineenthusiast.

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2015 Bordeaux – fools rush in

By on 12/04/2016

The Bordelais are displaying their usual respect for the work of their importers by rushing out some prices early (La Couspaude and La Tour Figeac out this morning), long before there is any real chance of us having our notes completed. There is no rush for these wines so remain calm and survey the scene for a moment.

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