Category Archives: Château Pibran

The Primeurs System in Bordeaux – A Personal View

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Chateau Latour’s recently announced decision to quit the en primeur system as from next year has naturally stimulated quite a lot of debate, and the subject merits reflection. There has been talk of the consequences of this decision, suggesting that it might be the beginning of the end of selling Bordeaux en primeurs, and some [...]

En Primeur at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

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The En Primeur’s week in Bordeaux started at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron. Here are three videos to get a better understanding of what happens during this period. A short introduction: If you have trouble watching this video, view the web version here The 2011 wines analyzed by Jean René Matignon, Technical Director If you have trouble [...]

Harvest 2010 – Conditions in general

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Now that we have had some time to taste and retaste the wines of the remarkable 2010 vintage in Bordeaux, it is time to post a harvest report. The rumours you may have been hearing are perfectly justified: 2010 is an outstanding year in Bordeaux. I give below a summary of how things went in [...]

Who serves the wine consumer best? Families or corporations?

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I participated in this very interesting debate during the 2010 edition of the Symposium of the Institute of Masters of Wine which took place in Bordeaux last June. We were on after lunch, always the worst time, so we kept it friendly and light hearted, in the hope that the audience of MWs and MW [...]