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The Goedhuis Bordeaux Cru Classé Tasting Offer

April 27th 2017


The Goedhuis biennial Bordeaux tasting is rarely a sedate affair and last night’s event was no exception. Seven hundred guests, nigh on fifty chateaux, numerous owners and winemakers, not to mention an assembly of Goedhuis and Private Reserves staff, and some wonderful suppliers providing welcome sustenance all spread over nine rooms at the Saatchi gallery, the wine and conversation flowed freely and happily. It was a fantastic opportunity to taste a broad selection of wines and whilst you may have noted an interest in a number of wines already, for those still undecided and perhaps those looking for further inspiration,…

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Ch Cos d’Estournel 2ème Cru St Estèphe 2016 | £1,400 IB

April 24th 2017


Early this Monday morning second growth château Cos d’Estournel has taken the initiative releasing their 2016 early at the same ‘prix de sortie’ as the 2015. It is an exceptional wine, and this is an incredibly exciting start to the en primeur campaign. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and aged in 60% new oak. 45% of the production made it into the Grand Vin this year. The 2016 is a very pure and elegant Cos, with beautifully fine grained tannins that are hidden by a sea of fresh, bright red and black berry fruits…

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Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Margaux, St Emilion and Pomerol

April 21st 2017


Day two of the trip saw the Goedhuis team broaching the different appellations of Margaux, St Emilion and Pomerol. After the highlights of the previous day culminating in a very enjoyable dinner at Chateau Brane Cantenac, conversation at breakfast was a mix of anticipation and expectation: Would the wines of these appellations touch the heights so evident in Pauillac, St Estephe and St Julien?

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2016 Bordeaux En Primeur | First thoughts from David Roberts MW

April 13th 2017


Thibault Pontallier’s words, “An open vintage, not a shy one”, beautifully sum up the style of the wonderful wines from the hugely exciting 2016 vintage. This is a year where the wines are full of life and vibrancy. The fruit content is as pristinely pure as I can ever remember tasting at such an early stage. The tannins, in the words of the oenologists, are the equal to the great 2010 under analysis, but are totally wrapped up in the richness of their fruit. 

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