Bordeaux 2018: promise and potential

Next week, our team will be touching down in Bordeaux to taste the new vintage en primeur. Our man-on-the-ground and Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW considers the challenges of the 2018 growing season, and his expectations for a week of tasting the fruit of this ripe vintage

How En Primeur works

En Primeur is not without its controversies: here we explain how the system of selling wine before it was bottled began, and how the system works in Bordeaux It is important to stress that in Bordeaux, the En Primeur concept has only ever really applied to the very best addresses: around 30 estates, with another […]

The meaning of value

What is a good value wine? We ask Wine Director, Mark Pardoe MW, for his thoughts on what “value” really means Value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. There cannot be a universal definition of value as the concept must always be a subjective one. A sense of value is arrived at […]

Burgundy 2016: the stem of it

Following on from yesterday’s examination of mildew, today our Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW reflects on the fashion for whole-bunch When it came to harvest time in 2016, I wonder how many producers in Burgundy pushed their hats back on their heads and shook their heads in weary disbelief. After the litany of the year’s […]