After a busy day yesterday, Margaux third growth Château Kirwan and Sauternes first growth Château Climens were this morning’s key releases.
The first day of the communal tastings with the Union des Grands Crus gives a broader appreciation of the vintage on the Left Bank.
The Bordeaux-based white wine consultant on early-morning horse rides, discovering the aroma of Sauvignon Blanc and drinking Doisy-Daëne with Dumas.
In what direction does the future lie for the great sweet wines of Bordeaux? Is it in the East?
The Swiss millionaire owner of crystal company Lalique has bought Sauternes estate Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey.
A London-based private collector has spent £1.2m on 131 bottles of Château d’Yquem dating back to 1811 in one of the largest single acquisitions of the sweet wine ever made.
This year’s wines from Pauillac and Pomerol are “a joyous triumph over adversity” writes AXA MD Christian Seely, who added that detractors of the vintage will be “agreeably surprised”.
Producers across the sweet wine appellations of Bordeaux are busy exploring stylistic, packaging and marketing initiatives to safeguard their commercial future.
Château d’Yquem has finally released the 2011 vintage having skipped last year’s en primeur.
Since 2005, vintages of Château Yquem have all dropped in price as expensive releases have prevented the wines from appreciating in value.
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