Bordeaux 2013: spare a thought for the winemakers

I’m glad I’m not a Bordeaux winemaker. Especially in en primeur week. And most especially in what everyone agrees is a “challenging” vintage, which much of the world’s press had already written off without tasting a single drop. At times, it must be terrific of course. Fêted the world over, and with a cellar full […]

Bordeaux 2013: confounding the critics

It’s fair to say that 2013 was a year to test the mettle of the Bordelaise winemakers but, says our Chairman Simon Berry, that makes the stars of the vintage shine all the brighter. In some ways, a difficult vintage is more interesting to taste than an easy vintage. Especially this year, when every region […]

History repeating itself? Bordeaux 40 years on

Our Chairman, Simon Berry, first cut his teeth in Bordeaux 40 years ago. Here he reflects on how the Bordelais could learn some lessons from 1974… Its 40 years exactly, give or take a few months, since I first visited Bordeaux. Then, aged 15, I was on “an exchange” with a boy named Gerard whose […]

Plus ça change

Marking the debut of the new-look Berry Bros. & Rudd blog, Chairman Simon Berry reflects on why evolution is the life-blood of success in the wine business – so long as we stay true to our roots, of course. In 1988, the inimitable Haro Hodson produced this wonderful image for our bi-annual magazine: ‘The Old […]