Category: Bordeaux

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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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International Wine Challenge 2019 Awards | Bordeaux and Burgundy Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year 2019

July 11th 2019

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The  International Wine Challenge 2019 Awards was held on 9th July at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.  This annual event celebrates achievements across the wine business in the UK. We wanted to share the brilliant news that we have received the IWC Merchant of the Year Awards for both Bordeaux and Burgundy.

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Visiting Bordeaux | Travel Tips

May 31st 2019

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There are a whole host of good reasons to visit Bordeaux – fabulous architecture, half the city’s grand buildings are UNESCO listed; the world’s largest reflecting water mirror at the Place de la Bourse; the spectacular Cité de Vin museum; a seemingly infinite choice of restaurants, from the staunchly traditional to the uber-experimental; a burgeoning art scene, from myriad small galleries to the fabulous Museum of Decorative Arts & Design; excellent shopping, from high fashion to famous fleamarkets; stunning St Emilion – to name a few. But for us, of course, it is all about the wine.

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