Thursday, 16 June 2011

Not taking the honour personally

By Mimi Avery, Wine Buyer

17 years ago I visited New Zealand for the first time. It was somewhat of an epiphany for me, for although I had an interest in wine owing to my family’s history, it wasn’t until I visited those vineyards and spent time with the winemakers that I knew I wanted a career in wine. And the winery that inspired me all those years ago was a small, family-owned and run business called Allan Scott.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

En Primeur update...

By Emma Roberts, Buying Director

Well finally a flurry of adrenalin and excitement! This morning has brought us some top names including Pontet Canet, Calon Segur and Giscours.

We were beginning to wonder whether we would be even half the way through the 2010 campaign before we return to Bordeaux in 10 days time for their Vinexpo wine fair, but fingers crossed that this momentum will keep up. Calon Segur and Pontet Canet, two of my favourite wines of the vintage, are reduced in volume  - 50% of the crop at Calon Segur lost to hail. We will be contacting customers on allocation of this shortly.

In the meantime we have secured good allocations of Chateau Giscours which we have released at £500 IBB per case of 12.
It is a little unsettling to realize that 2009 and 2010 may be the greatest back to back Bordeaux vintages produced in the history of the region. The over-achieving Giscours has turned in a great performance in 2010, which possesses an opaque purple color as well as notes of licorice, black truffles, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, flowers and soil undertones. It is very full-bodied and exceptionally opulent, fat and round, but the vintage’s acids, precision, high glycerin, alcohol and extract are all present. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Robert Parker 92-95
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Friday, 3 June 2011

2009 / 2010 Bordeaux - 1928 / 1929 all over again?

As this years Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign gathers pace, we are talking about comparing dual vintages. Ronald Avery built his reputation as a fine wine merchant by backing the 1929 vintage – when everyone else backed 1928...  he was right.

Below is his actual tasting notes from his notebook on tasting those two vintages in 1935. (Click the image to enlarge).

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