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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 , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  15 Producers 

The last bottles for the arrivage tasting arrived shortly before Christmas, so I took the opportunity today to arrange the tasting.                

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Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  16 Producers 

The second part of the Arrivage Tasting shows again different appellations of the whole region and will be followed by a final tasting, which will be published early in January 2022.

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Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

A tasting with five exceptional wines to complete the whole vintage range of 2020. 

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Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  213 Wines  from  181 Producers 

The 2019 vintage was tasted under pandemic conditions in spring 2020. At that time, the samples were sent to Essen and tasted within 48 hours after arrival. Now the vintage has been bottled and it is possible to double check the impressions just a year and half later. Overall the quality was excellent, proving the excellent style of the vintage. Some wines were performing better than during the primeur tastings, however most of the wines confirmed the quality already on show in spring 2020. As there are still samples coming in, there will be more tastings over the coming days and I will publish a second set of wines shortly before Christmas and in January some "late arrivals".

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Manoir de Gay 2019, Le Gay
Le Gay 2019, Le Gay
Château Phelan-Segur 2019, Château Phelan-Segur
Château Lascombes 2019, Château Lascombes
Château Marquis De Terme 2019, Château Marquis De Terme
Château de France Blanc 2019, Château de France
Château de France 2019, Château de France
Château Raymond-Lafon 2019, Château Raymond-Lafon
Château Laroze 2019, Château Laroze
Benjamin De Beauregard 2019, Château Beauregard
Château Beauregard 2019, Château Beauregard
Château La Croix-de-Gay 2019, Château La Croix-de-Gay
Château Mazeyres 2019, Château Mazeyres
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2019, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Château Léoville Poyferré 2019, Château Léoville Poyferré
Bon Pasteur 2019, Le Bon Pasteur
Château Lanessan 2019, Château Lanessan
Château La Fleur de Gay 2019, Château La Fleur de Gay
Château La Commanderie 2019, Château La Commanderie
Château Rol Valentin 2019, Château Rol Valentin
Château Violette 2019, Château La Violette
Château Le Moulin 2019, Château Le Moulin
Château Rouget 2019, Château Rouget
Château Destieux 2019, Château Destieux
Château Rose Saint-Croix 2019, Domaines Philippe Porcheron
Marojallia 2019, Domaines Philippe Porcheron
Le Benjamin de Marojallia 2019, Domaines Philippe Porcheron
Chateau Taillefer 2019, Chateau Taillefer
Château Rolland de By 2019, Château Rolland de By
Château Haut Condissas 2019, Château Haut Condissas
Château Greysac 2019, Château Greysac
Château Tour Séran 2019, Château Tour Séran
Château Peyredon Lagravette 2019, Château Peyredon Lagravette
Château Haut-Bacalan 2019, Château Haut-Bacalan
Château Serilhan 2019, Château Serilhan
Château Montviel 2019, Château Montviel
Château Vieux Maillet 2019, Château Vieux Maillet
Château de Chambrun 2019, Château de Chambrun
Château Jean de Gué 2019, Château Jean de Gué
Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud 2019, Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud
Château la Gravière 2019, Château la Gravière
Château Tournefeuille 2019, Château Tournefeuille
Château de Lussac 2019, Château de Lussac
Château Messile Aubert 2019, Château Messile Aubert
Château Guibot la Fourvieille 2019, Château Guibot la Fourvieille
Château Croix Cardinale 2019, Château Croix Cardinale
Château La Croizille 2019, Château La Croizille
Château Tour Baladoz 2019, Château Tour Baladoz
Château Tour de Pressac 2019, Château de Pressac
Château de Pressac 2019, Château de Pressac
Château Sainte-Marie Vieilles Vignes 2019, Château Sainte-Marie
Alios Château Sainte-Marie 2019, Château Sainte-Marie
Le Défi de Fontenil 2019, Château Fontenil
Château Fontenil 2019, Château Fontenil
Château Bonalgue 2019, Château Bonalgue
Balestard La Tonnelle 2019, Château Balestard La Tonnelle
Château Yon-Figeac 2019, Château Yon-Figeac
Intuition De Fleur Cardinale 2019, Château Fleur Cardinale
Fleur Cardinale 2019, Château Fleur Cardinale
Château Fombrauge 2019, Château Fombrauge
Château Cap de Mourlin 2019, Château Cap de Mourlin
Château Sansonnet 2019, Château Sansonnet
Château La Vieille Cure 2019, Château La Vieille Cure
Château Fonroque 2019, Château Fonroque
Château de la Rivière 2019, Château de la Rivière
Château de la Dauphine 2019, Château de la Dauphine
Château Dalem 2019, Château Dalem
Château des Laurets "Sélection Parcellaire" 2019, Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Château des Laurets 2019, Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Château La Clémence 2019, Château La Clémence
Château Grands Chênes 2019, Château Grands Chênes
Château Grand Ormeau 2019, Château Grand Ormeau
Château De Viaud 2019, Château De Viaud
Château de Laussac Cuvée Sacha 2019, Château de Laussac
Château de Laussac 2018, Château de Laussac
Clos du Clocher 2019, Château Clos du Clocher
Château Godeau 2019, Château Godeau
Les Angelots de Gracia 2019, Château Gracia
Château Gracia 2019, Château Gracia
Château Laniote 2019, Château Laniote
Château Cap Léon Veyrin 2019, Château Cap Léon Veyrin
Château du Cartillon 2019, Château du Cartillon
Château Lestage Simon 2019, Château Lestage Simon
Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière 2019, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière
Château La Marzelle 2019, Château La Marzelle
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2019, Château Grand Corbin-Despagne
Clos Les Grandes Versannes 2019, Clos Les Grandes Versannes
Clos Dubreuil 2019, Clos Dubreuil
Anna 2019, Clos Dubreuil
Château Cantegril 2019, Château Cantegril
Blanc 2019, Clos Floridene
Clos Floridene 2019, Clos Floridene
Château Haut Lagrange 2019, Château Haut Lagrange
Château Crabitey 2019, Château Crabitey
Château Crabitey 2019, Château Crabitey
Château Brondelle 2019, Château Brondelle
Château Carteau Côtes Daugay 2019, Château Carteau Côtes Daugay
Château Fonbadet 2019, Château Fonbadet
L'Harmonie de Fonbadet 2019, Château Fonbadet
Château de Rochemorin 2019, Château de Rochemorin
Blanc 2019, Château de Rochemorin
Château Faizeau 2019, Château Faizeau
Château Courlat "Cuvée Jean-Baptiste" 2019, Château du Courlat
Château de Villegeorge 2019, Château de Villegeorge
Château de Cruzeau 2019, Château de Cruzeau
Château de Cruzeau blanc 2019, Château de Cruzeau
Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons rouge 2019, Château de Cérons
Château de Cérons 2019, Château de Cérons
Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons 2019, Château de Cérons
Château de Cérons Blanc 2019, Château de Cérons
Château de Barbe Blanche 2019, Château de Barbe Blanche
Château Ampélia 2019, Château Ampélia
Château Tour des Termes 2019, Château Tour des Termes
Château Pauillac 2019, Château Pauillac
Château La Grangère 2019, Château La Grangère
Château Roylland 2019, Château Roylland
Château La Fleur d'Arthus 2019, Château La Fleur d'Arthus
Château Veyry 2019, Château Veyry
Château Reynon 2019, Château Reynon
Château Reynon 2019, Château Reynon
Château Moulin Haut Laroque 2019, Château Moulin Haut Laroque
Dame De Cœur Du Château Peyfaures 2019, Château Peyfaures
Château Peyfaures 2019, Château Peyfaures
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Château Malescasse 2019, Château Malescasse
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Château Soutard Cadet 2019, Château Soutard Cadet
Lynsolence 2019, Lynsolence
Clos Margalaine 2019, Clos Margalaine
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Château Tour Maillet 2019, Château Tour Maillet
Château Saint-Robert Blanc 2019, Château Saint-Robert
Château Roquetaillade La Grange 2019, Château Roquetaillade La Grange
Château Roudier 2019, Château Roudier
Chateau Pierre 1er 2019, Chateau Pierre 1er
Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise 2019, Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise
Vieux Château Palon 2019, Vieux Château Palon
Château Suau Rouge 2019, Château Suau
Château Bibian 2019, Château Bibian
Croix de Labrie 2019, Croix de Labrie
Loudenne Le Château Blanc 2019, Château Loudenne
Loudenne Le Château Rouge 2019, Château Loudenne
Château Clarisse "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes" 2019, Château Clarisse
Château Clarisse 2019, Château Clarisse
Chateau Badette 2019, Chateau Badette
Château Franc Pipeau 2019, Château Franc Pipeau
Château La Voûte 2019, Château La Voûte
Château Rolland-Maillet 2019, Château Rolland-Maillet
Château Montaiguillon 2019, Château Montaiguillon
Château La Couronne 2019, Château la Couronne
Reclos de la Couronne 2019, Château la Couronne
Vieux Château des Rochers "Cuvée Prestige" 2019, Vieux Château des Rochers
Vieux Château Des Rochers 2019, Vieux Château des Rochers
Château Bournac 2019, Château Bournac
Château La Chandellière 2019, Château La Chandellière
Château Bertineau St. Vincent 2019, Château Bertineau St. Vincent
Château Dubois-Grimon 2019, Château Dubois-Grimon
Château Pabus 2019, Château Pabus
Reignac 2019, Château Reignac
Château Lagarosse "Cuvée les Comtes" 2019, Château Lagarosse
Château Lafitte 2019, Château Lafitte
Château Patris Querre 2019, Château Patris Querre
Château Tour Saint-Fort 2019, Château Tour Saint-Fort
Château Petit Bocq 2019, Château Petit Bocq
Château La Haye 2019, Château La Haye
Château Tauzinat l'Hermitage 2019, Château Tauzinat l'Hermitage
Château Pas de L'Ane 2019, Château Pas de L'Ane
Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2019, Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux
Château Le Coteau 2019, Château Le Coteau
Château La Sergue 2019, Château La Sergue
Château Maine-Chaigneau 2019, Château Maine-Chaigneau
Château Moncets 2019, Château Moncets
Fleur Haut Gaussens rouge 2019, Château Fleur Haut Gaussens
Château Haut-Bertinerie 2019, Château Haut Bertinerie
Château Haut Bertinerie blanc 2019, Château Haut Bertinerie
Château Lesparre 2019, Château Lesparre
Clos Puy Arnaud 2019, Clos Puy Arnaud
Château La Rose Perrière 2019, Château La Rose Perrière
Château La Rose Perrière blanc 2019, Château La Rose Perrière
Château Prieuré Marquet 2019, Château Prieuré Marquet
Balthus 2019, Château de Reginac
Château Penin Les Cailloux 2019, Château Penin
Château Pavillon Beauregard 2019, Chateau Pavillon Beauregard
Château Bouqueyran 2019, Château Bouqueyran
Château Confidence de Margaux 2019, Château Confidence de Margaux
Château de Malengin "Eve" 2019, Château de Malengin
Château de la Huste 2019, Château de la Huste
Château de Birazel "Romane" 2019, Château de Birazel
Château d'Alix 2019, Château d'Alix
Château La Clare 2019, Château La Clare
Château La Grande Clotte 2019, Château La Grande Clotte
Château La Grande Clotte "L'Envolé" 2019, Château La Grande Clotte
Grand Vin Blanc du Château la Grâce Fonrazade 2019, Château la Grâce Fonrazade
Château la Grâce Fonrazade 2019, Château la Grâce Fonrazade
Château La Croix 2019, Château La Croix
Château La Croix Younan 2019, Château La Croix Younan
Château Le Doyenné 2019, Château Le Doyenné
Château Tour Fonrazade 2019, Château Tour Fonrazade
Château Roullet "Merlot" 2019, Château Roullet
Château Monregard La Croix 2019, Château Monregard La Croix
Château Les Haut-Conseillants 2019, Château Les Haut-Conseillants
Clos Vieux Taillefer 2019, Clos Vieux Taillefer
Château Villemaurine 2019, Château Villemaurine
Château Tour-Bayard 2019, Château Tour-Bayard
Château Clarisse 2019, Château Clarisse - Castillon
Clos De Sarpe 2019, Château Clos De Sarpe
Château Tour Perey 2019, Château Tour Perey
Château La Fleur Perey 2019, Château La Fleur Perey
Château La Vaisinerie 2019, Château La Vaisinerie
L'Ambroisie du Château La Croix des Moines 2019, Château La Croix des Moines
Château Tourteau Chollet 2019, Château Tourteau Chollet
Château Tourteau Chollet Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Château Tourteau Chollet
Château La Haye, Bordeaux, France
Château La Commanderie, Bordeaux , France
Château de Villegeorge, Bordeaux, France
Château Loudenne, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafitte, Bordeaux, France
Château du Courlat, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut Condissas, Médoc, France
Château Les Haut-Conseillants, Bordeaux, France
Château de Birazel, Bordeaux, France
Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Rolland de By, Médoc, France
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Bordeaux, France
Château de Cruzeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Reynon, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Pierre 1er, Bordeaux, France
Château de la Rivière, Bordeaux, France
Château Mazeyres, Pomerol, France
Château la Gravière, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Le Doyenné, Bordeaux, France
Château De Viaud, Bordeaux, France
Château Jean de Gué, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château La Violette, Bordeaux, France
Château Tournefeuille, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Le Moulin, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut Bertinerie, Bordeaux, France
Château Peyfaures, Bordeaux, France
Château Pabus, Bordeaux, France
Château Dubois-Grimon, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Baladoz, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Suau, Bordeaux, France
Château Peyredon Lagravette, Haut-Médoc, France
Château Maine-Chaigneau, Bordeaux, France
Château de Pressac, Saint-Emilion, France
Château La Sergue, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Fonrazade, Bordeaux, France
Château Léoville Poyferré, Bordeaux, France
Château Bournac, Bordeaux, France
Clos Margalaine, Bordeaux, France
Château Monregard La Croix, Bordeaux, France
Château Gracia, Bordeaux, France
Château Beauregard, Bordeaux, France
Château Serilhan, Saint-Estephe, France
Château Bibian , Bordeaux, France
Château Petit Bocq, Bordeaux, France
Château Tauzinat l'Hermitage, Bordeaux, France
Château de Barbe Blanche, Bordeaux, France
Château Moncets, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière , Bordeaux, France
Château Fleur Haut Gaussens, Bordeaux, France
Château Prieuré Marquet, Bordeaux, France
Château de Cérons, Bordeaux, France
Château Penin, Bordeaux, France
Le Bon Pasteur, Bordeaux, France
Château Raymond-Lafon, Bordeaux, France
Château Fontenil, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croizille, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Saint-Robert , Bordeaux, France
Château Laniote, Bordeaux, France
Château Montviel, Pomerol, France
Château Guibot la Fourvieille, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion, France
Château Malescasse, Bordeaux, France
Clos Les Grandes Versannes, Bordeaux, France
Château Patris Querre, Bordeaux, France
Château Rol Valentin, St Emilion, France
Château Balestard La Tonnelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Carteau Côtes Daugay, Bordeaux, France
Château de Reginac, Bordeaux, France
Château de Lussac, Lussac Saint-Emilion, France
Château Ampélia, Bordeaux, France
Château Roylland, Bordeaux, France
Château Godeau, Bordeaux, France
Château de Chambrun, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château La Clare, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut Lagrange, Bordeaux, France
Château La Rose Perrière, Bordeaux, France
Château La Grande Clotte, Bordeaux, France
Château Confidence de Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Château la Grâce Fonrazade, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croix, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croix Younan, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Saint-Fort, Bordeaux, France
Château Clarisse, Bordeaux, France
Château Sainte-Marie, Entre-Deux-Mers, France
Château Tour Maillet, Bordeaux, France
Château Lestage Simon, Bordeaux, France
Château de France, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Grands Chênes, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, Bordeaux, France
Château Roullet, Bordeaux, France
Château Laroze, Bordeaux, France
Château de Laussac, Bordeaux, France
Château La Clémence, Bordeaux, France
Château Fleur Cardinale, Bordeaux, France
Croix de Labrie, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise, Bordeaux, France
Château Pas de L'Ane, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos De Sarpe, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Perey, Bordeaux, France
Château La Fleur Perey, Bordeaux, France
Château La Vaisinerie, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croix des Moines, Bordeaux, France
Château Tourteau Chollet, Bordeaux, France
Domaines Philippe Porcheron, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Badette, Bordeaux, France
Vieux Château Palon, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand Ormeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Roudier, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap de Mourlin, Bordeaux, France
Château la Couronne, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos du Clocher, Bordeaux, France
Château Bouqueyran, Bordeaux, France
Clos Puy Arnaud, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Séran, Médoc, France
Château Fonroque, Bordeaux, France
Château La Marzelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Faizeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Greysac, Médoc, France
Château Messile Aubert, Montagne Saint-Emilion, France
Clos Floridene, Bordeaux, France
Château Lanessan, Bordeaux, France
Château La Fleur de Gay, Bordeaux, France
Lynsolence, Bordeaux, France
Clos Vieux Taillefer, Bordeaux, France
Château Villemaurine, Bordeaux, France
Château Vieux Maillet, Pomerol, France
Château Franc Pipeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Brondelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour-Bayard, Bordeaux, France
Château Clarisse - Castillon, Bordeaux, France
Château Rolland-Maillet, Bordeaux, France
Château Le Coteau, Bordeaux, France
Château Montaiguillon, Bordeaux, France
Château Crabitey, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap Léon Veyrin, Bordeaux, France
Château La Chandellière, Bordeaux, France
Château Bertineau St. Vincent, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Pavillon Beauregard, Bordeaux, France
Vieux Château des Rochers, Bordeaux, France
Château Lagarosse, Bordeaux, France
Château La Vieille Cure, Bordeaux, France
Château Sainte-Barbe, Bordeaux, France
Château La Voûte, Bordeaux, France
Château Veyry, Bordeaux, France
Château La Tour de Bessan, Bordeaux, France
Château La Grangère, Bordeaux, France
Château Les Trois Croix, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour des Termes, Bordeaux, France
Le Gay, Bordeaux, France
Château Fonbadet, Bordeaux, France
Château Lesparre, Bordeaux, France
Château Croix Cardinale, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Yon-Figeac, Bordeaux, France
Château de Malengin, Bordeaux, France
Château Reignac, Bordeaux, France
Château de la Huste, Bordeaux, France
Château d'Alix, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croix-de-Gay, Bordeux, France
Château La Fleur d'Arthus, Bordeaux, France
Château Roquetaillade La Grange, Bordeaux, France
Château Bonalgue, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin du Cadet, Bordeaux, France
Château Destieux, Bordeaux, France
Château Soutard Cadet , Bordeaux, France
Clos Dubreuil, Bordeaux, France
Château Dalem, Bordeaux, France
Château Phelan-Segur, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin Haut Laroque, Bordeaux, France
Château Sansonnet, Bordeaux, France
Château Lascombes, Bordeaux, France
Château Cantegril, Bordeaux, France
Château de Rochemorin, Bordeaux, France
Château Fombrauge, Bordeaux, France
Château Marquis De Terme, Bordeaux, France
Château Rouget, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Bacalan, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Taillefer, Bordeaux, France
Château du Cartillon, Bordeaux, France
Château de la Dauphine, Bordeaux, France

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Some exciting new arrivals were tasted on November 23, 2021. Two great wines from Tuscany and some truly typical wines from Bordeaux.                 

1m 14d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“I believe this is the philosophy of a Bordeaux resident – the intelligent collection of different sorts provides and brings a richer, more complex and harmonic wine. Today, many wines are sold which are labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay… However, this is not what my wine culture is about.” Count Stephan von Neipperg                

1m 23d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  3 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Aurelio Montes jr. hosted an excellent tasting featuring three new arrivals of the winery with the famous guardian angel on the label. Alpha M, the blend from the Apalta valley consists of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot.  Montes Folly is from the Apalta Valley too and a pure Syrah, aged for 80% in new French oak and for 20% in second-use barrels. Finally the Purple Angel from the Colchagua valley is consisting of 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot. Three great wines in an exciting tasting. 

1m 26d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  1 Wines  from  1 Producers 

In 1981, Christian Moueix from Libourne discovered a marvellous piece of land: the Napanook vineyard is nestled in a natural amphitheatre at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains on the west side of the Napa Valley.  Fed by winter rains, its underground springs flow through ancient riverbeds and provide a natural supply of water to its grapevines, allowing them to develop deep roots. Over centuries this fertile benchland’s microclimate has provided ideal conditions for crops and grape growing. It was here, in 1838, that George Yount planted Napa Valley’s very first vines. The Napanook vineyard encompasses 134 acres, 102 of which are presently planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Its gravelly clay loam soils gently slope 3-10%, ensuring natural drainage.
The Napanook vineyard is organically and sustainably farmed. Dominus Estate is engaged in a long-term campaign of environmental restoration and biodiversity. The ranch is planted throughout with native species and wildflowers and provides refuge for California wildlife. After an extensive renewal, the Hopper Creek has become a thriving ecosystem and today Dominus Estate’s work is considered a model of creek restoration in the Napa Valley.  Dry farming is the foundation of the comprehensive approach to viticulture. It produces balanced vines with deep connections to the land and complex wines expressing their terroir. The character of a wine is defined by the grapes at harvest. With extensive efforts in the vineyard, once we the grapes are harvested, the winemaking practice is minimalist: thorough cluster sorting by hand, optical sorting of berries. Gentle pump-overs delicately extract aromas, colour, tannin, and reveal the personality of each lot. Hand-racking barrel to barrel every three months using the esquive will accompany the ageing process. 

2m 25d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Torres has prepared a tasting of his latest releases, five wines in half bottles which have been presented during a virtual tasting. The wines showed great typicity an vintage character.                  

3m 29d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  1 Wines  from  1 Producers 

VivaltuS is the result of a collaboration of Montxo Martinez and Jean Claude Berrouet. They selected the best vineyards with very old wines, which are located more than 900m abouve sea level. Clay, decomposed granite and calcareous-sandy soils are the terroir. The vineyards are surrounded and protected by the pine forest in "La Aguilera". An exiting and noteworthy wine.                 

4m 7d ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Located on the hills of Magliano in Toscana, Tenuta il Quinto extends over 70 hectares of hillsides, 13 of which host organically grown vines. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea to the South and protected by Mount Amiata to the North, Tenuta il Quinto enjoys a temperate climate. The hot summers, relieved by the sea breeze, and the mild winters, create an ideal climate for our vines and a temperature range favourable to perfecting ripening. The unique terroir is the result of the composition of our soil: calcareous and clayey, fresh and rich in minerals, replete with the necessary skeleton, to ensure natural drainage, by virtue of its filtering properties. The skeleton is essentially made up of galestro, a clayey schist capable of retaining the humidity of the winter rains, subsequently allowing the deeper roots to draw from it during the summer heat. 

4m 9d ago

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