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Overview of the 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Tastings

The biggest problem with the 2013 Bordeaux vintage for consumers and the chateau owners will be the price. There is some truth in the old saying that difficult vintages can never be priced low enough to spark demand, while the great years are never priced high enough to satisfy chateau owners. For a summary on the 201 [...]

Christine Valette Troplong Mondot Passes Away

Christine Valette of Troplong Mondot will be missed by everyone in Bordeaux and around the world. She personified class and charm in every way. This is a great loss to the entire wine world and her family. We were friends and I shed tears for her and her family. Christine Valette passed away from cancer after a long illn [...]

Where to Taste 2013 Bordeaux Wine En Primeur for April, 2014

If you've never been to the En Primeur tastings in Bordeaux, there is nothing else like it in the wine world. With a production that is close to 45 million cases of wine per year, every top Bordeaux chateau welcomes thousands of visitors to taste their latest vintage. In this case, it's the 2013. I know 2013 Bordeaux ha [...]

News! Chateau Latour buys into Pomerol St. Emilion Lalande de Pomerol

It was announced today that the Pinault family, the owners of Chateau Latour, the legendary Pauillac, First Growth expanded their holdings in Bordeaux. Their holding company, the Artemis Group now owns vines in The Right Bank as well, as they have taken a 49% stake in the holdings of Baronne Guichard. The selling price ha [...]

1994 California Cabernet Sauvignon Best Wines of the Vintage Tasted

1994 produced a trememdous vintage for the wines from California. At 21 years of age, many of the best wines remain fresh, vibrant and complex. While the indivigual tasting notes on each 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon wine are important, perhaps the bigger picture of how and if California age in this report is of even greater [...]

2013 Beychevelle Harvest Vintage and Wine in St. Julien

Jeff Leve While I know this is your second harvest at Beychevelle, if we looked at the history books, is the 2013 Bordeaux harvest one of the latest harvests for the estate? Romain Ducolomb “No. In 1980 we started picking October 10 and did not finish until October 25. For 2012 Beychevelle, we were almost as late as [...]

2013 Malartic Lagraviere Pessac Leognan Vintage Harvest Report

Jeff Leve 2013 Malartic Lagraviere was more than a difficult vintage that required severe selection. What percentage of the crop will you place in the Grand Vin? Jean Jacques Bonnie “We will probably end placing around 35 to 40% of the harvest in the first wine.” Jeff Leve What type of yields did that represent? [...]