Château Pichon Baron 2013

Recently I was lucky to be able to taste all the Pichon Barons from the current era, 2001 until 2014. They were lovely wines, but one was missing: the 2013. This is widely regarded to be the weakest Bordeaux vintage of recent years (perhaps alongside the 2007), but I had a bottle lurking, so I [...]

Château Gruaud Larose 2000

Drinking this tonight. Whatever your preferences in wine, whether it’s for natural stuff, or new wave South Africans, or Kiwi Pinot, it’s always great to drink proper Bordeaux, picked at the right time (12.5% alcohol), from a good vintage, and given some bottle age. I’m enjoying this a lot. It’s not perfect: wine doesn’t have [...]

Coutet 2005: let's drink more Sauternes

Had this last night. Lovely wine. Sauternes/Barsac is one of the great sweet wines of the world and it is currently undervalued. While red Bordeaux has steadily got more expensive, the sweet wines have stayed sanely priced, especially considering the risk producing them. This wine was beautiful.

Château Coutet Premier Cru Classé Sauternes-Barsac 2005 Bordeaux, France
14% [...]

All you need to know about Bordeaux 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon on the vine, October 2016, St Estephe: 96-98 points!

So this week it’s Bordeaux primeurs.

Unfortunately, for the 15th vintage in a row, I’m unable to attend. But I am a generous soul and I will tell you all you need to know about the 2016 Primeurs.

First of all, all the very important people [...]

Wines of the year (2) older vintages

So, continuing with my theme of wines of the year, I have gone through my notes and pulled out the highlights. This post is concentrating on older wines, pre-2000. I’m well aware that this list looks like a bit of a boast. I apologise. I make an effort to benchmark with established classics and older [...]

Icon wines at The Sampler, including Latour 82, La Chapelle 78 and Ygay 59

Each year The Sampler put some high-end ‘icon’ wines on their enomatic machines. It’s a real highlight tasting through them, and this year was no exception. The highlights included the almost perfect Latour 1982 and the thrilling La Chapelle 1978.

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg 1995 Burgundy, France
Beautifully aromatic with cherries, plums and fine spicies. [...]

Inside the Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

The Cité du Vin is a major new tourist attraction in Bordeaux. I visited and spent a couple of hours looking around.

Here’s a short film of the visit:

It’s like a museum, but it’s very modern and creative, making good use of technology to create varied, creative, interactive displays.

You navigate with the aid of an iPhone-like [...]

The stunning Pichon Baron 2012

Bordeaux is on my mind at the moment. So I dug this beauty out and shared it. It’s too young, for sure, but what a wine! I was so impressed. This is why we come to Bordeaux: no trace of over-ripeness here, but great concentration and harmony.

Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac 2012 Bordeaux, France
This is sensational. [...]

Bordeaux: a lovely city to spend time in

Yesterday I returned from spending five nights in Bordeaux. I’ve been a few times before, but not for so long. [Here's a report on my last stay here back in March.]

Rue Ste Catherine, Europe’s longest pedestrianised street. Just next to the Quality Hotel.

We stayed at the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, which impressed. It’s really [...]

Four days in Bordeaux - some highlights and the 2016 vintage

Limestone at Château Falfas, Côtes de Bourg

Just in the airport after four days in Bordeaux. The goal of this trip was to look beyond the established image of the region, to the more hidden side of Bordeaux.  We looked at producers using organics/biodynamics, we looked at the younger generation of winemakers, and we looked [...]