Tag: En Primeur

The power of Pauillac

We woke up to a gloomy morning in the Médoc with dark clouds and heavy rain overhead as we drove to Pauillac. Fortunately, despite the continuing monsoon, our spirits were lifted after the first few tastings. Our expectations of this being a Cabernet vintage were confirmed beyond doubt yesterday. It felt like being at home […]

Cabernet is King

We spent yesterday morning tasting at the warehouse facility of one of Bordeaux’s largest négociants. ‘Warehouse’ is a somewhat misleading term – this was a very slick operation. The atmospheric tasting room was dripping with fairy lights (left) and we were able to choose samples from an extensive list which were then served at perfect […]

The Old Lady of Le Pin

Our tasting of the Right Bank yesterday culminated in, what turned out to be, a more-than-usually special visit to Le Pin. As ever, we arrived at the strangely uninspiring building that has come to symbolise the entrepreneurial nature of this iconic producer’s fortunes. To taste the 2009s however, we moved to the new chai (left), […]

La Rive Droite

Despite all predictions of rain, it was a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning  as we drove to the Right Bank at the crack of dawn today.
 A brief taste of a couple of 2009s last night has only served to whet our appetites. Today would be the day when we would get our first real impressions […]