Bordeaux 2017 Initial Report And Releases - April 2018
Posted by Zoran Ristanović | Thu 26 Apr 2018 | En Primeur

It is late April and that can mean only one thing - the Bordeaux en primeur circus is back in town. It's been the tradition since 1996 that I have spent a week in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the latest vintage.  This time we were tasting the "weird and wonderful" 2017 vintage. The weird part comes to play thanks to the freak frost in late Spring which devastated number of vineyards in St Emilion, Pessac Leognan and central Medoc. Large number of properties lost over 30% of the crop with some, like Fleur Cardinale losing 98% and some really ...

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Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur - First Update
Posted by Zoran Ristanović | Sat 10 Jun 2017 | En Primeur

Good afternoon good people and hope you are all well. These are trying times and somehow the importance of Bordeaux en primeur seems to pale in importance compared with the events that are shaping our World.   The terrible event from last Saturday stopped me in my writing "tracks" (hence this update is a bit late) but, we have to try and keep going on as usual. They can't win!!! By the time I started thinking about Bordeaux again, the Election was here and I thought, let's see how that show ends... All fun and games but, no winner... "Play ...

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Burgundy 2015 Report And Offer
Posted by Admin | Sat 01 Apr 2017 | En Primeur

Good afternoon good people, it's been more than 2 months since the initial 2015 Burgundy tastings and I have had enough time to mull it over and come up with few thoughts about the vintage. There was a lot of noise about it in January and phrases like "best ever", "vintage of the century" were thrown about by all and sundry and,  in the same breath as, "it is expensive but worth every penny", "you will never be able to buy it again", etc... Perhaps I have become a real grumpy old man but, that reminded me very much of ...

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Bordeaux 2015
Posted by Zoran Ristanović | Sat 28 May 2016 | En Primeur

Good evening good people. It’s another Bank Holiday and another Bordeaux update. Last two weeks were quite hectic with new releases on the Bordeaux market and, as usual, I did not want to bombard you with the updates. Now that Bordeaux merchants and Chateau owners have gone to Hong Kong for this week’s Vinexpo, I have tried to make a sense of it all. At the risk of repeating myself, 2015 is a very, very decent vintage with some very beautiful wines made, some of which really should be in every decent wine cellar. The main characteristics of the vintage ...

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Bordeaux 2013
Posted by Admin | Tue 24 Nov 2015 | En Primeur

Good afternoon good people. I hope you are enjoying this sunny weekend. As you know, this is that time of the year when everyone is talking about Bordeaux; how great it is, how wonderful the wines are, how, even if you need a second mortgage just to buy a case, it is definitely worth it and so on. Woops, sorry……. Actually, this year, no one is talking about Bordeaux and well, there isn’t really much to talk about. 2013 was as close to a disaster as a vintage could be for a vine grower. There are in principle 5 different ...

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Bordeaux 2014 – The Wines
Posted by Admin | Wed 28 Oct 2015 | En Primeur

To see my full report, click HERE. I have divided the wines in to 3 groups: 1. GREAT VALUE EVERYDAY DRINKING WINES – these are “little” wines selected purely for the value they represent – essentially, less than £ 20 per bottle when shipped inc duty and vat. LALANDE BORIE, St Julien; ZR16+; DECANTER – 16.75; –  £145.00 – THE BEST VALUE OF THE VINTAGE This is second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou. The same care and attention goes into this as in Ducru, only the fruit comes from younger vineyards. Great effort; the wine is on Cru Classe level, very refined and elegant with ...

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Bordeaux 2014 Report
Posted by Admin | Thu 22 Oct 2015 | En Primeur

It is the end of April and the Bordeaux En Primeur circus is back in town.  Following a disastrous 2013 vintage (both in quality and pricing), the 2014 was going to be a “make or break” vintage for the future of Bordeaux En Primeur. And, it did not start well. I will not bore you with the gory climatic details. But, it was cold and rainy for the most of the year, especially in July and August when vines need the sun in order to produce the goodies. By the end of August it looked as if it was going to ...

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Bordeaux 2012 - Left Bank
Posted by Admin | Wed 13 May 2015 | En Primeur

I am sure that most of you have already received numerous reports on the 2012 Bordeaux vintage. In principle, there are lot of good wines there but you have to pick extremely selectively. Overall, the Merlot (the right bank) did much better than the Cabernet on the left bank and so most of the fine wines from the 2012 vintage are Merlot based. As a result, only a very few of the best managed estates have produced classic wines. Nevertheless there are several left bank wines that you could consider. I found myself disagreeing with Parker in most reviews, but there we are. ...

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Bordeaux 2012 - Right Bank
Posted by Admin | Wed 13 May 2015 | En Primeur

Here are our recommendations for the wines that are worth buying this year. The dominance of Merlot on the right bank means that the best of the bargains are to be found here. To see our Report on the 2012 Vintage SAINTAYME, St Emilion, ZR – 15.  £100.00 per case This is a great little wine made by Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet fame and great value. Soft, summer red berries dominate throughout with well balanced oak in the background. It will drink every well when shipped for some 6-8 y. Highly recommended. MONTLANDRIE, Cotes de Castillon, ZR 16-;  RP 87-88   £145.00 ...

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Bordeaux 2012 Report
Posted by Admin | Wed 13 May 2015 | En Primeur

Good day to you good people. I hope you all enjoyed the sunny bank holiday weekend – and that it won’t be the last of the sunshine we’ll see this year! I am sure that most of you have already received numerous reports on the 2012 Bordeaux vintage, so I will try and be as brief as possible.  To start with, I will paraphrase the big man himself, Mr Robert Parker, in his initial assessment of the vintage: “… there are lot of good wines there, but you have to pick extremely selectively …“. The emphasis is on “extremely selectively”!!! Why is this? Well, it ...

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