Bordeaux begins


Bordeaux 2010. Bordeaux zero-ten, or just Bordeaux ’10? We’re still not totally sure how to refer to it, but either way, there is no doubt that this latest vintage from France’s darling region will be an interesting one.

Can it really be another ‘legendary’ vintage? Another once-in-a-lifetime year? We’ll have to get back to you on that one, as we are about to embark on our annual en primeur tasting trip to sort the big boys from the pretenders.

As usual we are starting with the Right Bank properties, tasting the softer Merlots, before spending the latter part of the week in the Left Bank, sampling the likes of Mouton and Latour, and experiencing the tannins full throttle.

We don’t know what to expect, we don’t know who will be making the stars, and we don’t even know the correct way to refer to the vintage, but we’ll be reporting daily from the field to give you our thoughts and observations on what may well be a most auspicious start to the new decade

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