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Thursday 5 March 2015

En Primeur

End of an era: Parker hands Martin the reins for Bordeaux primeurs

US wine critic Robert Parker has announced he will no longer be responsible for tasting the Bordeaux en primeurs at The Wine Advocate.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 3 Comments »

En primeur prices will ‘not be like 2008′

The mood in Bordeaux is indignant, and the châteaux are laughing at the idea that this year’s en primeur campaign will see prices close to 2008, writes Jean-Marc Quarin.

Friday, February 20th, 2015 No Comments »

de Boüard: 2014 a vintage ‘for consumers’

Hubert de Boüard, owner of Château Angelus in St Emilion, has hailed 2014 a “vintage for consumers” rather than collectors due to its fruit forward character.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 1 Comment »

Unrest over St Emilion system ‘disturbing’

The INAO’s silence over legal challenges brought against it by chateaux demoted in its 2012 St Emilion classification has been described as very “disturbing”.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 1 Comment » conspiracy or cock-up?

The recent liquidation of French merchant raises a lot of questions – not least why it kept trading for so long, leading some to suspect a conspiracy.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 No Comments »

Surging Swiss franc boosts wine trade

The Swiss already spend around €10 billion a year in cross-border shopping – a figure set to rise on the back of a devalued Euro and likely to benefit nearby wine merchants.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 No Comments »

China’s taste for Bordeaux takes a tumble

Two of Bordeaux’s leading players speak to the drinks business about the volatile Chinese market and the current mood among négociants.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 No Comments »

Bordeaux 2014: send for the cavalry?

Will next year’s Bordeaux futures campaign see a large scale return to the market of US buyers and how will that affect the campaign amid calls for cuts?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 No Comments »

Calvert Woodley’s top 10 bestsellers

Champagne Charlie is alive and well and living in Washington, as this snapshot of one of the city’s leading wine shops reveals.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 No Comments »

En primeur: the Bordelais’ perspective

Thomas Duroux of Château Palmer, Xavier Sanchez of Pichon Baron, Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly and merchant François Thienpont give their views on en primeur and next year’s campaign.

Friday, November 28th, 2014 7 Comments »

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