Tag: bordeaux 2021 en primeur

Ch. Beychevelle: down to the river

Comparisons to Versailles abound, but Château Beychevelle is a lot more than just a pretty façade. We meet Romain Ducolomb, the estate’s Technical Director, to understand just what makes this such a special vineyard. There’s an old Médocain saying that the best vineyards overlook the river. But sometimes, the river looks back. At least, that’s how the […]

Ch. Haut-Batailley: in the pink

Classified Growths in Pauillac don’t change hands often, so when they do it’s worth taking note. Five years ago, the Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages acquired Château Haut-Batailley: there are bold changes afoot. “So why did you paint it pink?” we ask Jean-Charles Cazes. We’re standing outside the cellars of Château Haut-Batailley in Pauillac, which Jean-Charles’s […]

Negotiating Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s négociants: are they anachronistic middlemen or a vital cog in the local machine? Barbara Drew MW takes a closer look. The négociants have been a fixture of the Bordeaux wine world for centuries. On one level, they help reinforce the stereotype of Bordeaux as corporate and commercial rather than romantic: they are middlemen, just […]

Bordeaux 2021: St Estèphe and final thoughts

Our team’s last day of En Primeur tastings takes them up and down Bordeaux’s Left Bank, from St Estèphe to Pessac-Léognan. After two weeks on the ground, Mark Pardoe MW reports on some highlights and shares his overall impression of the 2021 vintage. Our final day saw us tackle St Estèphe before heading south for […]