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2013 Pauillac Tasting Notes Ratings Comments on Wines and the Vintage

In the Medoc, when you have a vintage where Cabernet Sauvignon is the star, one might expect the wines of Pauillac to shine like the brightest star in the sky. Clearly, that is not the case with 2013 Bordeaux. It's important to note that many chateaux used much more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend to produce 2013 Bord [...]

2013 St. Julien Tasting Notes, Reviews, Ratings, Comments

St. Julien is the winner of the most consistent appellation in the 2013 Bordeaux vintage. At their best, the wines are charming. They are not dry or under ripe. But they are not wines to age for a long time. In most instances, the best wines are clean, pure and fresh. So what’s the problem? They are also light in ra [...]

2013 St. Estephe Tasting Notes Report

2013 St. Estephe is a mixed bag. There is a marked difference, even more than you might expect from the top terroir to the lesser soils, as this was a vintage of extreme challenges. Due in part to the experiencing less rain than other appellations in the Medoc, and its naturally cooler clay soils, the best chateau were [...]

Overview of the 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Tastings

The biggest problem with the 2013 Bordeaux vintage for consumers and 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 2013 Bo [...]

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 [...]