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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 confessions booth of late, so here’s another one. As much as, when we visit Bordeaux, I’m acting in a professional capacity (something many of you will know I’m just about capable of…) to taste, evaluate and communicate a vintage to you, I’m 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 Médoc felt more like it had gone back in time than perhaps any other area. The wines were generally very lean and precise – 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-Léognan

By on 08/05/2022

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

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2020 Burgundy En Primeur travel diary part 1

2020 Burgundy | Part 1 – Chablis

By on 30/12/2021

Chablis - arriving in Fleys on the road from Tonnerre Towards the end of October I planned to set off from Kent to start a trip to Chablis and Champagne, and was told, when I began to make appointments for the Monday, that the Sunday was by chance the rather local event, the 'Fête des vins de Chablis' - a chance for the local vignerons to show their wares in a street closed for the day, and a good opportunity to try the wines of quite a number of different domaines - so I set off rather earlier than I'd originally intended to get there in time.

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2020 Burgundy En Primeur travel diary part 1

2020 Burgundy | Part 3 – Côte de Nuits & Côte de Beaune

By on 30/12/2021

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