Author: David Roberts MW

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2019 Bordeaux En Primeur | To release or not to release 

May 22nd 2020

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The third week in May, a high-class vintage on our hands… this should be one of our busiest weeks of the year. Full on en primeur season! The early-releasing classed growths would have come and gone, and this week we would be getting ready for some of the greatest châteaux, with maybe even a First Growth coming out.  

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A View from the Vineyards: Instalment 2

April 21st 2020

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Spring and budding in the vineyards are always an exciting time for vignerons, but it can be accompanied by an equal amount of stress, namely the fear of frost. Two days after I posted my blog on the 25th March, temperatures dropped and there was a sharp frost the morning of Friday 27th. Nathalie Tollot from Domaine Tollot-Beaut commented that for them it was too early to impact their Pinot Noir vines in Savigny Lès Beaune: “the vines are still in the very early stages of budding and not sufficiently advanced for the frost to have any impact”.

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The buying must go on!

April 16th 2020

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In the world of wine buying, spring is a period that I love. Whilst respecting everything that governments around the world are doing to overcome Covid-19, it has been wonderful to see the most magnificent displays of daffodils and blossom on the precious occasions that we can venture outside. It has certainly helped revive my spirits during these difficult times. In normal circumstances I would have been in Bordeaux and Burgundy these past few weeks, enjoying vineyard visits and admiring a new generation of life on the vines, with the initial stages of budding giving birth to a new harvest…

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A view from the vineyards – The impact of social distancing

March 25th 2020

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It is times like this that we truly value the very special relationship we have with our vignerons and winemaking friends. In the same way that it is so important to keep our spirits up at home amongst family, friends and work colleagues, it is vital we do the same with our friends and wine suppliers abroad. Italy went into lockdown 14 days ago, France 7 days ago and it can be a demoralising experience. As one Bordeaux négociant said to me who is now working in isolation at home, “I actually miss those irritating habits of some of my…

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2010 Bordeaux – Ten Years On

March 6th 2020

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When the 2010 Bordeaux vintage was released it arguably received more acclaim than any other release this century. Markets were buoyant, journalistic influence, most notably that of Robert Parker, was at its apogee and talk was of a vintage of the century, with quality surpassing the extraordinary 2005 vintage. In my vintage report at the time I commented that “if 2009 was a vintage of opulence and accessibility, the 2010s are all about power, intensity and structure, which will most definitely reward patience.”

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