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    Primeurs 2015: Snap-shot of a Vintage 2014

    Timed usually ath the end of March and beginning of April the Primeur Week in Bordeaux is always an exciting moment as it allows a first view on the latest vintage. The huge number of wines available for tasting is impressing and one week seems almost to short. Therefore the Union de Grand Crus offers a well organised blind tasting for the press on every morning during the week. On the precendt weekend the Grand Cercle des vins de Bordeaux holds blind tastings of over 200 samples. These impressions are complemented by tastings at various Châteaux and tastings organized by the Bordeaux trade. Therefore some oft he wines can be tasted twice or even more often during this week to doublecheck on quality and style.

     

    An interesting fact is the weather situation. Meterologic low pressure means that wines may close down, meanwhile meterologic high pressure presents the wines in a more open and flavourful style. This year the wheather was quite bad during the first days of the tasting week but ameliorated a lot in the second half of the week. This had an influence on the tasting notes in general which has to be considered. Another effect has been the late harvest in 2014, which shortened the time period between harvest and Primeur tastings for up to a month. A month less time for maturation has effects on the tasting results which is another aspect to consider, always keeping in mind that each tasting result remains a snap-shot and is not an absolute and final judgement.

     

    2014 had an early start with budbreak around 10 days ahead of the 10 years average. End of May flowering started on the early terroirs in heterogeneous conditions, whereas the later varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Franc as well as later terroirs took advantage of a warm and sunny period beginning of June. July and August where quite cool and humid and in the second half of August the vintners prepared themselves for a vintage even worse than 2013 but at the end of August everything changed. A spledid indian summer througout September and October saved the quality. Harvest started for the white grapes started three days later than in 2012 but two weeks later than 2011. For the red grapes the harvest startet with Merlot at the end of September and ended with the Cabernets in the second half of October. The cool climate during summer provides a higher acidity, the indian summer is responsible for the right ripening.

     

    The dry white wines are on a very good quality level showing crisp acidity and ripe flavours. The noble sweet white wines also take advantage of the higher acidity balancing the opulent sweetness. Therefore this vintage seems more on the elegant side. The presentation of red wines depends very much on the grape varietes and terroirs. Overall the red wines are on a higher quality level than the three previous vintages. Saint-Emilion is excellent on the plateau calcaire and shows in general very good wines.

     In Pomerol the centre of the plateau was in advantage over the surrounding areas. Fronsac was a very positive surprise for 2014. In the Médoc the southern part proved to be more heterogenous than the northern part, where especially Saint-Estèphe was homogenous and excellent. South of Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan presented a very homogenous picture of a very good quality level with outstanding wines from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion.

    One last observation: This vintage digests oak in a great way. The oak is even not obvious in wines with a 100% new oak barrels for maturation. Now there are roughtly twelve month to follow for the maturation of the 2014s untill the bottling in 2016. A lot can happen in this period. Let us see how the wines will present themselves after bottling, it will be a very interesting tasting again. 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux.

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    TOP 100  BORDEAUX 2014  VINTAGE

    (You can read the tasting notes and full reviews by using the search engine on the left upper corner. Just write the name of the wine you are looking for) 

     

    Ausone

    97points

    Cheval-Blanc

    97

    Haut-Brion

    97

    Lafite-Rothschild

    97

    Le Pin

    97

    Margaux

    97

    Mouton-Rothschild

    97

     

     

     

     

    Cos d'Estournel

    96

    Eglise-Clinet

    96

    Léoville-Poyferré

    96

    Pontet-Canet

    96

    Valandraud

    96

    Vieux Château Certan

    96

    Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse

    95

    Canon

    95

    Canon La Gaffelière

    95

    Ducru-Beaucaillou

    95

    Figeac

    95

    La Mission-Haut-Brion

    95

    La Mondotte

    95

    Montrose

    95

    Palmer

    95

    Pavie 

    95

    Pavie-Macquin

    95

    Pichon Longueveille  

    95

    Troplong Mondot

    95

    Trottevieille

    95

    Angélus

    94

    Beau-Séjour Bécot

    94

    Calon-Ségur

    94

    Clinet

    94

    Clos Fourtet

    94

    Conseillante

    94

    Domaine de Chevalier

    94

    Haut-Bailly

    94

    La Couspaude

    94

    la Fleur Pétrus

    94

    Larcis Ducasse

    94

    l'Evangile

    94

    Malartic Lagravière

    94

    Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    94

    Rauzan-Ségla

    94

    Trotanoy

    94

    Beauregard

    93

    Bouscaut

    93

    Dassault

    93

    Franc Mayne

    93

    Gaffelière

    93

    Grand Pontet

    93

    Gruaud-Larose

    93

    Hosanna

    93

    La Clotte

    93

    La Dominique

    93

    La Louvière

    93

    Langoa-Barton

    93

    Lascombes

    93

    Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    93

    Le Gay

    93

    Nénin 

    93

    Olivier

    93

    Pape Clément

    93

    Pavie-Décesse

    93

    Peby Faugères

    93

    Smith Haut Lafitte

    93

    Villemaurine

    93

    Vray Croix de Gay

    93

    Angludet

    92

    Balestard-La-Tonnelle

    92

    Batailley

    92

    Belair Monange

    92

    Bon Pasteur

    92

    Branaire-Ducru

    92

    Brane-Cantenac

    92

    Cantemerle

    92

    Cantenac-Brown

    92

    Carbonnieux

    92

    Certan de May de Certan

    92

    Clerc-Milon

    92

    Clos Saint Martin

    92

    Domaine de l'Eglise

    92

    Duhart Milon Rothschild

    92

    Ferrand

    92

    Fleur Cardinale

    92

    Gazin

    92

    Grand Mayne

    92

    Grandes Murailles

    92

    Issan

    92

    La Chapelle d'Ausone

    92

    Lafon-Rochet

    92

    Latour à Pomerol

    92

    Le Bon Pasteur

    92

    L'Enclos

    92

    Léoville-Barton

    92

    l'IF

    92

    Magrez Fombrauge

    92

    Malescot-Saint-Exupéry

    92

    Monbousquet

    92

    Petit-Village

    92

    Phélan Ségur

    92

    Quintus

    92

    Talbot

    92

    Tour Figeac

    92

    Belgrave

    91

    Bellefont Belcier

    91

    Bellevue-Mondotte

    91

    Berliquet

    91

    Beychevelle

    91

    Bonalgue

    91

    Bourgneuf

    91

    Branas-Grand-Poujeaux

    91

    Cap de Mourlin

    91

    Clos Badon

    91

    Clos Beauregard

    91

    Clos de l'Oratoire

    91

    Clos du Marquis

    91

    Clos Lunelles

    91

    Coufran

    91

    d'Armailhac

    91

    Dauzac

    91

    Ferrière

    91

    Giscours

    91

    Haut Marbuzet

    91

    Haut-Bergey

    91

    Kirwan

    91

    La Chapelle de la Mission-Haut-Brion

    91

    La Grave

    91

    La Pointe

    91

    Labégorce

    91

    Lagrange

    91

    Le Petit Mouton

    91

    Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard

    91

    Les Cruzelles

    91

    Les Pagodes de Cos

    91

    Lynch-Bages

    91

    Marquis de Terme

    91

    Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux

    91

    Petit Bocq

    91

    Pomeaux

    91

    Prieuré-Lichine

    91

    Rouget

    91

    Saint-Pierre

    91

    Sociando Mallet

    91

    Yon-Figeac

    91

    Alcée

    90

    Bel Air Ouy

    90

    Bellevue

    90

    Bernadotte

    90

    Carruades de Lafite

    90

    Cheval Noir Cuvée le Fer

    90

    Cissac

    90

    Clément Pichon

    90

    Clos des Jacobins

    90

    Clos la Madeleine

    90

    Clos l'Eglise

    90

    Cos Labory

    90

    Croix de Beaucaillou

    90

    d'Aighuile

    90

    de France

    90

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    BORDEAUX 2014 DECLARED ‘MIRACLE’ VINTAGE 

    2014 Bordeaux is a “great”, “miracle” vintage that is close in style and quality to the exceptional 2010s, according to Nicolas Glumineau, general manager for Roederer’s Bordeaux estates.

     

    Nicolas Glumineau of Pichon Lalande

    Nicolas Glumineau of Roederer (Photo: db)

    Glumineau, whose responsibilities stretch from Pauillac second growth Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande to St Estèphe cru bourgeois estates Château de Pez and Château Haut Beauséjour, told db that he considered last year’s harvest “a great vintage”.

    Continuing, he said that it was “a kind of miracle vintage”, due to the unusually fine weather from late August until mid-November, which followed a wet and cool June, July and early August.

    The unbroken dry and sunny conditions in the latter half of the year allowed Glumineau to oversee the longest harvest on record for Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, which lasted five weeks.

    As a result, he said that 2014 was a particularly good year for Cabernet Sauvignon.

    “Merlot needs a good summer, but Cabernet needs a very long Indian summer – the grape is a marathon runner – and my feeling is that this is a Cabernet year,” he said.

    Continuing, he said that 2014 was between 2001 and 2010 in style, adding, “but it is very close to 2010, 2014 has a very obvious tannic structure and a long ageing potential; it is balanced, with density and richness,” he said.

    Noting that alcohols are 13.2% for the Pauillac estate’s first and second wine, he further described the wines as “charming, fruity and creamy”, and “the kind of wine I’d love to make every year”.

    Clarifying his comparison with 2010, Glumineau said that the 2010 vintage was “outstanding”, and said that 2014 “was not at the same level, but we have something great.”

    In terms of pricing the 2014 vintage release, Glumineau told db that he would be waiting to see how the market reacts to prices from neighbouring cru classé estates before deciding the level for Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

    “I will take time to analyse the markets at the start of this year’s en primeur campaign… we need to take the time not to price too early,” he said, adding that the second growth property was not holding unsold stock.

    “We have no more 2012 or 2013 available,” he said, adding, “So I am sure we have made the effort to price the wines well with those last two years” – which were both released at €48 a bottle to the négociants.

    Nevertheless, he said that Bordeaux would need to “listen to the markets and react pragmatically”.

    Indeed, he said, “I think the en primeur system is a fantastic way to create a good relationship between the wineries, the merchants and the final customers, so we shouldn’t break the toy.”

    by Patrick Schmitt

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    Bordeaux Preview: Will the 2014 Vintage Be Worth Betting On?

    No one is calling 2014 a great, must-have "vintage of the century" as 2010, 2009, and 2005 were branded

    byElin McCoy

    Several thousand people from around the world are in Bordeaux this week for the annual spring rite of en primeur, roaming from the Medoc to Graves, from Pomerol to Saint-Emilion to get a first taste of the 2014 vintage. 

    The wines are still aging quietly in barrels as merchants assess which ones to offer their clients as futures, and journalists furiously scribble their tasting notes.

    Overall quality looks to be pretty good. The vintage story is a familiar one: a cool, damp summer with the grapes finally ripened by the “miracle” of September sun.

    No one is calling 2014 a great, must-have "vintage of the century," as they labeled 2010, 2009, and 2005. 

    Several thousand people from around the world are in Bordeaux this week for the annual spring rite of en primeur.

    Source: UGCB via Bloomberg

     

    A Buying Slump

    So the big question hovering, like a dark cloud above this week’s en primeur circus, is whether prices for the 2014s will be low enough to get buyers excited about plunking down cash for wines that won’t be bottled for two years.  No one will know for about a month. 

    The way-too-expensive wines from lackluster 2011, 2012, and 2013 have languished, unsold. Even wines from the great 2009 and 2010 vintages, like first growth Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, have dropped 30 percent to 45 percent from their futures prices. 

    Will chateau owners blow it once again?

    The big question hovering like a dark cloud above this week’s en primeur circus is whether prices for the 2014s will be low enough to get buyers excited.

    Two months ago, a dozen U.K. merchants, including Bordeaux Index and Berry Bros & Rudd, signed an open letter to chateau owners and negociants, urging a return to the same reasonable pricing as the fine 2008 vintage. 

    Good luck on that one.

    Thomas Duroux, chief executive officer of Chateau Palmer, pooh-poohed the idea, reminding me that the economic situation today is quite different from the financial meltdown in which the 2008 futures were offered.

    As Alexander van Beek, general manager of Chateau Giscours and Chateau du Tertre explained over dinner in New York a couple of weeks ago, “2014 isn’t homogeneous, so you can’t generalize about price. People with more long term vision should be rewarded.” 

    In Bordeaux-speak, that means my neighbors should reduce prices, not me. 

     

    The Parker Effect

    The euro is at its lowest point in more than 10 years, which could offer added incentive for U.S. wine lovers to buy futures—but only if the cost is low enough to start. 

    In the U.S., Clyde Beffa, owner of the Bay Area’s K & L Wine Merchants, a big seller of Bordeaux futures, said there’s little interest among his customers for the 2014s. Chris Adams, CEO of New York’s Sherry-Lehmann, e-mailed: “There is some buzz for the quality, but pricing needs to be like 2008. It’s that simple.” 

    This year, a complicating factor is that wine guru Robert Parker announced last month that he will no longer judge Bordeaux wines en primeur and is handing over responsibility to Neal Martin, a reviewer at his newsletter.

    Gary Boom of U.K.-based Bordeaux Index is persuaded that Parker's withdrawal will lead to lower prices.

    Shaun Bishop, CEO of online merchant JJ Buckley, also cautions that “without the most important voice to drive the wholesale chain and consumers to take the risk and provide the capital, the impact of Parker’s absence may be significant.” 

    In previous years, chateaux have mostly waited for Parker’s ratings before releasing their futures prices. A 95-point to 100-point score meant they could charge accordingly, which is what happened with the very expensive 2009s.  

     

    What to Do

    My advice? while you’re waiting to decide whether to take a plunge on the 2014s, right now is the time to splash out for wines from a great, investment-grade vintage that’s almost ready to drink: 2005. 

    Unlike the 2014 growing season, 2005 was perfection. When I tasted barrel samples years ago, I thought they were the best young wines I’d ever put in my mouth. 

    From recent tastings, I’m certain that  2005 is, so far, the best vintage of the 21st century. The wines are elegant, succulent, and concentrated. Even the less-expensive ones are excellent.

    Merchants are now restocking, and some wines cost less than they did five years ago. A warning, though: Prices are just beginning to go up. 

    They’ll climb even higher within the next few months, when Parker reassesses them in his promised 10-year retrospective. He has already said that he probably underrated them.

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Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  25 Wines  from  12 Producers 

The time of the Primeur tastings in Bordeaux is not only a chance to rate the first wines of the vintage. Very often the Négociants and Château owners also show wines from previous vintages. Château Trottevieille was not only presenting the traditional ten years old wine, but also a 1947, first vintage of the estate in ownership of the Castéja family. Clarence Dillon was presenting the 2017 vintage at the end of a tasting showing all the vintages of Château Quintus and Dragon de Quintus since the first vintage 2014. Some exceptional bottles such as the great vintages of Château Figeac served in big formats left deep impressions. And some fine wines for every day have been the reward for the intense work with the young 2017 vintage. It was a pure pleasure to taste the mature wines as they offer a very huge array of aroma and flavour. This makes life easier to find the correct word. For the very young wines, the variation of aromatic compounds is much more restrained. Another aspect is the rating. I will never rate a wine "en primeur" with the mark for perfection, 100 points. As the wine is young and has a way to go, perfection not the right judgement. A ripe wine however can get this perfect rating.
 
 
 

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Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  45 Wines  from  44 Producers 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

1m 5d ago

Petit Cheval 2017, Château Cheval Blanc
Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2017, Château Margaux
Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2017, Château Haut-Brion
Arômes de Pavie 2017, Château Pavie
S de Suduiraut 2017, Château Suduiraut
La Dominique 2017, La Dominique
La Croix de Beaucaillou 2017, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Château Haut-Marbuzet 2017, Château Haut-Marbuzet
Château Lynch-Moussas 2017, Château Lynch-Moussas
Château D´Armailhac 2017, Château D´Armailhac
Château Haut-Bages-Liberal 2017, Château Haut-Bages Libéral
Château Croizet-Bages 2017, Château Croizet-Bages
Château Ferriere 2017, Château Ferriere
Château Marquis De Terme 2017, Château Marquis De Terme
Château Prieure-Lichine 2017, Château Prieure-Lichine
Château Dauzac 2017, Château Dauzac
Château Tertre 2017, Château du Tertre
Château Les Carmes-Haut-Brion 2017, Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Château Oliver 2017, Château Oliver
Château de Malle 2017, Château de Malle
Blanc 2017, Château Monbousquet
Château Pedesclaux 2017, Château Pedesclaux
Château La Louvière Blanc 2017, Château La Louvière
Château La Garde 2017, Château La Garde
Blanc 2017, Château La Garde
Château La Fleur de Gay 2017, Château La Fleur de Gay
Quinault l'Enclos 2017, Quinault l'Enclos
Château d'Arche 2017, Château d'Arche
Château Plince 2017, Château Plince
Château Rouget 2017, Château Rouget
Château Magdelaine 2017, Château Magdelaine
Château Lagrange 2017, Château Lagrange Pomerol
Virginie de Valandraud 2017, Ets Thunevin
Château Bellefont-Belcier 2017, Bellefont-Belcier
Château de Pressac 2017, Château de Pressac
Château Belgrave 2017, Château Belgrave
Fleur Cardinale 2017, Château Fleur Cardinale
Château Franc Mayne 2017, Château Franc Mayne
Château Ferrand 2017, Château de Ferrand
Château Cap de Mourlin 2017, Château Cap de Mourlin
Château Fonplégade 2017, Château Fonplégade
Château La Confession 2017, Château La Confession
Château Latour-Martillac 2017, Château Latour-Martillac
Château Saint Pierre 2017, Château Saint Pierre
Lune d'Or 2017, Clos des Lunes
Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap de Mourlin, Bordeaux, France
Château Plince, Bordeaux, France
Château Franc Mayne, Bordeaux, France
Château Pavie, Bordeaux, France
Château Monbousquet, Bordeaux, France
Château Fleur Cardinale, Bordeaux, France
Château Dauzac, Bordeaux, France
Château Croizet-Bages, Bordeaux, France
Clos des Lunes, Bordeaux, France
Quinault l'Enclos, St Emilion, France
Château La Louvière , Bordeaux, France
Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan, France
Château Marquis De Terme, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Armailhac, Pauillac, France
Château Lynch-Moussas, Bordeaux, France
Château Fonplégade, Bordeaux, France
Château Pedesclaux, Bordeaux, France
Château du Tertre, Bordeaux, France
Château Latour-Martillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Prieure-Lichine, Bordeaux, France
Château Magdelaine, Bordeaux, France
Château Oliver, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Suduiraut, Bordeaux, France
Château Ferriere, Bordeaux, France
Château Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux, France
Château La Confession, Bordeaux, France
Château de Pressac, Saint-Emilion, France
Bellefont-Belcier, Bordeaux, France
Château Saint Pierre, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Bordeaux, France
Château La Fleur de Gay, Bordeaux, France
Château de Malle, Sauternes, France
Ets Thunevin, Bordeaux, France
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
La Dominique, Bordeaux, France
Château d'Arche, Sauternes, France
Château Lagrange Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Château Rouget, Bordeaux, France
Château de Ferrand, Bordeaux, France
Château Belgrave, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Marbuzet, Bordeaux, France

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  88 Wines  from  78 Producers 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

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Cheval Blanc 2017, Château Cheval Blanc
Le Pin 2017, Le Pin
Les Forts de Latour 2017, Château Latour
Château Latour 2017, Château Latour
d'Yquem 2017, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 2014, Château d'Yquem
Pétrus 2017, Château Pétrus
Lafite-Rothschild 2017, Château Lafite-Rothschild
Château Margaux 2017, Château Margaux
Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2017, Château Margaux
Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2017, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2017, Château Haut-Brion
Château Ausone 2017, Château Ausone
Château Mouton-Rothschild 2017, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Aile d'Argent 2017, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Château Palmer 2017, Château Palmer
Vieux Chateau Certan 2017, Vieux Château Certan
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2017, Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2017, Château Smith Haut Lafitte
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2017, Château La Mission Haut-Brion
La Mission Haut Brion 2017, Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Pavie 2017, Château Pavie
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2017, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château Cos d'Estournel 2017, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2017, Château Cos d'Estournel
Léoville-Las Cases 2017, Château Léoville-Las Cases
Château Suduiraut 2017, Château Suduiraut
Château L´Evangile 2017, Château L´Evangile
Montrose 2017, Château Montrose
Château Rieussec 2017, Château Rieussec
Château Beychevelle 2017, Château Beychevelle
Château de Valandraud 2017, Château Valandraud
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2017, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Château Angelus 2017, Château Angelus
Château Pape Clément Blanc 2017, Château Pape Clément
Château Pape Clément 2017, Château Pape Clément
Chateau Leoville-Barton 2017, Château Leoville-Barton
Le Gay 2017, Le Gay
Chateau Lynch-Bages 2017, Château Lynch-Bages
Château de Rayne Vigneau 2017, Château de Rayne Vigneau
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2017, Château Canon-La-Gaffelière
Château Calon Ségur 2017, Château Calon-Ségur
Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2017, Château Lafleur-Pétrus
Château Coutet 2017, Château Coutet
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2017, Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Trotanoy 2017, Château Trotanoy
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2017, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Château Pontet Canet 2017, Château Pontet Canet
Château Clerc Milon 2017, Château Clerc Milon
Château Lascombes 2017, Château Lascombes
Château Malescot-Saint-Exupery 2017, Château Malescot St-Exupéry
Château D´Issan 2017, Château D´Issan
Domaine de Chevalier 2017, Domaine de Chevalier
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2017, Domaine de Chevalier
Château Haut-Bailly 2017, Château Haut-Bailly
Château Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2017, Château Malartic-Lagraviere
Château Guiraud 2017, Château Guiraud
Château Raymond-Lafon 2017, Château Raymond-Lafon
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2017, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Château de Myrat 2017, Château de Myrat
Château Trottevieille 2017, Château Trottevieille
Château Pavie-Decesse 2017, Château Pavie-Decesse
Château Troplong-Mondot 2017, Château Troplong-Mondot
Château Grand-Mayne 2017, Château Grand-Mayne
Château de Figeac 2017, Château de Figeac
Château La Conseillante 2017, Château La Conseillante
Château Petit-Village 2017, Château Petit-Village
Château Gazin 2017, Château Gazin
Château Beauregard 2017, Château Beauregard
Château Clinet 2017, Château Clinet
La Mondotte 2017, La Mondotte
Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse 2017, Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse
Château Certan De May de Certan 2017, Château Certan de May
Château Léoville Poyferré 2017, Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Nenin 2017, Château Nenin
Clos Fourtet 2017, Clos Fourtet
Beau Sejour-Becot 2017, Château Beausejour-Becot
Quintus 2017, Château Quintus
Château La Couspade 2017, Château La Couspade
Château Doisy-Vedrines 2017, Château Doisy-Vedrines
Château Hosanna 2017, Château Hosanna
Château Violette 2017, Château La Violette
Château Doisy-Daene 2017, Château Doisy-Daëne
Blanc de Valandraud No. 1 2017, Ets Thunevin
Château La Tour Blance 2017, Château La Tour Blance
Bélair Monange 2017, Château Bélair Monange
Château Larcis Ducasse 2017, Château Larcis Ducasse
Château Pavie-Macquin 2017, Château Pavie-Macquin
Château Guiraud, Bordeaux, France
Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Petit-Village, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
Château Trottevieille, Bordeaux, France
Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
Château Cos d'Estournel, Bordeaux, France
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Bordeaux, France
Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Bordeaux, France
Château Beausejour-Becot, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Bordeaux, France
Château Montrose, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Mayne, Bordeaux, France
Château Larcis Ducasse, Bordeaux, France
Vieux Château Certan, Bordeaux, France
Château d'Yquem, Bordeaux, France
Château La Couspade, Bordeaux, France
Château Pavie, Bordeaux, France
Château Angelus, Bordeaux, France
Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Beauregard, Bordeaux, France
Château Clinet, Bordeaux, France
Château Trotanoy, Pomerol, France
Château Pavie-Decesse, Bordeaux, France
Clos Fourtet, Bordeaux, France
Château Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes, France
Château de Figeac, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Pavie-Macquin, Bordeaux, France
Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafleur-Pétrus, Bordeaux, France
Château Clerc Milon, Bordeaux, France
Château Coutet, Sauternes, France
Château La Conseillante, Bordeaux, France
Château Malartic-Lagraviere, Bordeaux, France
Château Pontet Canet, Bordeaux, France
Château Lascombes, Bordeaux, France
Château Nenin, Bordeaux, France
Château Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France
Le Gay, Bordeaux, France
Château Valandraud, St.Emilion, France
La Mondotte, Bordeaux, France
Château Pétrus, Pomerol, France
Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse, Bordeaux, France
Château La Violette, Bordeaux, France
Château Palmer, Bordeaux, France
Château Raymond-Lafon, Bordeaux, France
Château Certan de May, Bordeaux, France
Château Rieussec, Sauternes, France
Château Ausone, Bordeaux, France
Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, France
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Bordeaux, France
Château Leoville-Barton, Bordeaux, France
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Bordeaux, France
Château Calon-Ségur, Bordeaux, France
Château Léoville-Las Cases, Saint-Julien, France
Château Léoville Poyferré, Bordeaux, France
Château Troplong-Mondot, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafite-Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Château La Tour Blance, Sauternes, France
Château Suduiraut, Bordeaux, France
Château Doisy-Daëne, Bordeaux, France
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Château de Rayne Vigneau, Bordeaux, France
Château Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux, France
Château Gazin, Bordeaux, France
Château Quintus, St Emilion, France
Château Hosanna, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Issan, Bordeaux, France
Château Bélair Monange, Bordeaux, France
Château de Myrat, Barsac, France
Château L´Evangile, Pomerol, France
Château Latour, Bordeaux, France
Château Pape Clément, Bordeaux, France
Le Pin, Bordeaux, France
Ets Thunevin, Bordeaux, France

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Martin Conrad represents the 14th generation of his family in the world of wine. 1558 his ancestors were first mentioned for growing grapes in Brauneberg. However for Martin Conrad  tradition does not exclude innovation. Since 1998 he produces vegan wines and in 1999 after successfully finishing his studies he took over the winery from his father. Today he is an acclaimed wine producer and one may find his Rieslings also in Michelin-starred restaurants. His winery is member of the prestigious association "Bernkasteler Ring".

2m 1d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  3 Producers 

The Kronenschlösschen at Hattenheim is one of the places of pilgrimage for friends of mature wines. The cellar lists an enormous amount of different wines with a great depth of vintages. Meeting friends at that place is a great pleasure, especially when some great wines are on the gable. The meeting started already on Saturday night with an excellent magnum of Moet & Chandon 1964 and continued on Sunday for lunch with three icons of the wine world. Teh 2005 Château Haut-Brion blanc and the 1962 were served blind, without any hint what it could be, an exciting experience for a Sunday lunch.

2m 23d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The 13th edition of the rare wine tasting of Kloster Eberbach featured a wonderful series of Pinot Noirs from the Höllenberg, down to 1938. A flight of 1958 showed the diversity within one vintage from different sites. A vertical of Steinberg and a great vertical of Trockenbeerenauslese were the great final of a quite memorable tasting.

3m 25d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a Blind tasting of  22 Wines  from  22 Producers 

Antoine Médeville is a consulting enologist in Bordeaux working for a number of estates in Bordeaux and Tuscany. He organised an arrivage tasting for the vintage 2015. The wines have been tasted blind in Essen.

4m 10d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  15 Producers 

An eclectic choice of excellent wines was presented in a tasting hold at the home of a wine collector in Essen. The occasion was the tasting of the legendary 1727 Rüdesheimer Apostelwein of the Rathskeller Bremen. This deeply impressing wine was framed by a series of excellent growths from Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

5m 8d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a wine moment

“1727 Rüdesheimer Apostelwein – Bremer Rathskeller

1727, Johann Sebastian Bach presents the oratorio „Matthäus Passion“, Georg Friedrich Händel composes the Coronation Anthems for King George III, the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo is born, the scientist Isaac Newton dies aged 84 and the Rheingau vintners harvest an exceptional vintage. The vintage 1727 features wines of great fame which were very much in demand. Therefore the city council of Bremen decided to cellar a barrel of this extraordinary vintage beneath the Town Hall of Bremen. The so called „12 Apostels cellar“ became the home of this rarity, already sought after in the 19th century: The London based auctioneer Christie’s presented a dozen of bottles of the 1727 in his wine catalogue from 1829. The bottles were sold for 5 pounds, a fortune in the early nineteenth century. The last half bottle sold at Christie’s was in 2008, when the wine was sold for more than 6000€.

During the ageing process in the cellars at Bremen, different bottlings have been made. The half bottle which was presented on October 6, 2017 has been bottled in the sixties, it was the last bottling. The wine originates from the so called Judas cask and is arguably the oldest, still drinkable wine worldwide. The grape variety of this wine is unknown. At the time being, the vineyards where planted in mixed plantations. It is thought that White Orleans could be the main grape variety, Riesling might have played a minor role in the blend.

Ten tasters gathered on October 6 in a cellar at Essen and were anxiously waiting to taste the wine. Tasting such a rare bottles is a special experience. Only two wines are known with an older age: the last bottle of 1540 Stein from Würzburg which is kept in the cellars of the Bürgerspital Würzburg and a cask of 1653 Rüdesheimer, which is still ageing in the Rose cellar of the town hall of Bremen. However, both of these rarities are not accessible for tastings and not on sale. Expectations were high and –to make long story short- were absolutely fulfilled. The 1727 was shipped from the Bremer Ratskeller two weeks before the tasting day and opened one hour before service. It showed an amber colour with a slight copper coloured hue. The nose was very expressive displaying an aroma reminiscent of oranges, candied orange peel and bitter almonds at the beginning. After a quarter of an hour the aroma of candied orange peel intensified and was complemented with hints of dried fruits, mainly apricots. Another ten minutes later the nose turned towards a quite spicy expression with aroma reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg blossoms. The fruit still developed positively remaining on dried apricots and hints of candied orange peel. After more than half an hour hints of walnuts showed up. Half an hour later the first hints of flowery and blossoms were turning up: white lilies, honey and white blossoms. It was interesting to see, how the different aromatic components showed up, intensified than faded and some of them were coming back on a regular rhythm, especially the aroma reminiscent of English fruit cake, balmy spices and roasting notes.


After three hours in the glass the aroma reminiscent of walnuts, caramel, raisins and butterscotch intensified. Interestingly the nose kept hints of dried fruits for over six hours in the glass. The palate was exceptional from the beginning, displaying a creamy texture, fine acidity and a hint of sweetness. A wine with 290 years of age with surprising freshness. Even after six hours in the glass, the wine showed a mild character with hints of candied lemon peel. When the glasses were finally emptied more than six hours after service, they kept displaying an intense aroma of sherry, walnuts, dried pineapple and candied orange peel. A unique experience.
It was my second bottle of this wine. The first time I had the pleasure to taste it over five years ago. Comparing the tasting notes from that time, there were a lot of parallels, however this bottle was even more perfect.
Rating: 100/100

7m 14d ago

1 Wines 1 Producers

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Bertani showed a wonderful series of great vintages with true class and excellence. Impressing wines with a perfect ageing potential.

7m 22d ago

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  11 Producers 

1878 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte - 100 points. Still lively, bright ruby colour. Excellent and expressive nose, slightly smoky, roasted chestnuts, hints of dried fruit, noble leather, classical style with perfect maturity and very persistent character. On the palate great elegance, depth and length, hints of minerality and a slight metallic hint in the background. A great bottle, close to perfection. 

8m 5d ago

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