Month: April, 2013

Bordeaux 2012 Tasting Trip Day 3 – Pauillac to St Julien and Back

The dark and gloomy weather which welcomed us on Wednesday morning certainly didn’t dampen our mood, especially as we heard that the forecast for the day was much improved. Pauillac was our destination as we boarded the minibus and, as usual, Ch. Pichon-Lalande was our first appointment. An estate that has improved impressively during recent […]

Bordeaux 2012 Tasting Trip Day 2 – A Chance to Draw Some Conclusions

Day two began with a tasting at a négociant found on the outskirts of Bordeaux. Trying wines in this environment is quite unlike any other you can imagine. Clever use of lighting, walls which are decorated in contemporary art and tables set amongst a seemingly endless row of racking in the state-of-the-art cellars (it’s really […]

Bordeaux 2012 Tasting Trip Day One – It starts in St Emilion

We awoke to a wet, dark Monday morning on the Left Bank in Margaux and the poor weather continued throughout our journey to the Right Bank and St Emilion.  There is something special about tasting wine at the site where it is created and having the chance to take in a vineyard’s terroir, topography and […]

Bordeaux 2012 Tasting Trip

We were expecting the start of Bordeaux En Primeur tasting week to pass with a little less commotion than we have enjoyed in recent years as we chose an earlier flight than normal to depart from London Gatwick. Surprisingly, the flight still seemed to contain almost everyone else we know from the UK wine trade, […]