Category Archives: Pessac-Léognan

En Primeur 2013 – the story so far…

LATEST RELEASES – 14th April 2014 Two recent releases from of Bordeaux are both top second growth wines. The two wines are from different ends of the Medoc but also take diametrically different approaches to pricing. St Estephe’s Cos d’Estournel … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – Plenty of interest to be found

The 2012 en primeur campaign is moving along in fits and starts. It opened with some promise as several high profile Chateaux bit the bullet and offered the sort of bargains we needed to tempt us to dip our toes … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – what a difference a year makes

This year the Bordeaux en primeur campaign has been a huge contrast to last year’s fiasco. For a start the chateaux have begun to make their offers now, rather than waiting until the end of June as many did in 2012! … Continue reading

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Chateau Brown Blanc 2010 – double trophy winner

“Brown Blanc” is an amusing contradiction, but this sophisticated dry white is rapidly building a reputation that is the envy of the region. The 2010 Brown Blanc garnered TWO international trophies¹ in 2012 at the International Wine Challenge and the … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2011 – RIP

A eulogy to a vintage in the wrong place at the wrong time This week’s announcement that Chateau d’Yquem will not release their 2011 en-primeur is a strangely apt end to a sales campaign that seemed from the outset to be … Continue reading

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The Sage of Monkton Pronounces

Robert Parker’s assessment of the 2011 vintage in Bordeaux Indisputably the most influential critic of the Bordeaux market, Robert Parker Junior issued his initial pronouncements on the 2011 vintage on Friday.

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Bordeaux 2011 en primeur – latest releases and prices

Wines released and offered so far: Angludet, Cru Bourgeois, Margaux 2011 – £198 IB d’Armailhac, 5eme Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac 2011 – £325 IB Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé St Julien 2011 – £495 IB Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 2011 – £160 IB Brown Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2011– … Continue reading

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Bordeaux 2011 – A Vintage overview and some recommendations

Bordeaux 2011 – A Preliminary Overview from Someone Who Tasted by David Allen MW After spending four days as part of a group fully immersed in the bun-fight that was the 2011 en-primeur tastings and having had a few days now … Continue reading

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Bordeaux 2011 – Pessac-Léognan

Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012

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Bordeaux 2011 tasting notes

Bordeaux’s 2011 vintage has produced some lovely wines in a classic style. These may not be quite as thrilling as 2009 and 2010 but given that there are good indications that they may be priced lower than the last two or three … Continue reading

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