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Bordeaux 2013 TNs - your comments (Inside information)

21 hours 53 min ago

In the light of our survey at the beginning of the week as to what you wanted us to do about the timing of the publication of Richard's tasting notes on Bordeaux 2013 en primeurs samples, I thought you might be interested in this representative sample of comments. Against delaying publication I.

Bordeaux 2013 - the most disappointing (Inside information)

21 hours 53 min ago

Please note that tomorrow we will start publishing my tasting notes on this much-discussed vintage in Bordeaux. We'll kick off with the most successful wines, the sweet whites. With some trepidation, I present here a selection of Bordeaux 2013 that seemed least impressive to me during my primeur.

Steven Spurrier - champion of French wines (Free for all)

21 hours 53 min ago

17 April 2014 - I was reminded of this candidate for our Throwback Thursday feature by fine-wine trader and blogger Joss Fowler of who included a reference to it in his recent brief interview with the man behind the Judgment of Paris, and was so traduced in the movie Bottleshock. 27.

Bordeaux 2013 - a guide to our coverage (sticky) (Free for all)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00

This year I was tasked with tasting the samples offered en primeur from the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux. It was widely regarded as the worst growing season in a long, long time - but I am assured it was pure coincidence that Jancis and Julia were unable to attend themselves. [Read Bordeaux en primeur.

Riesling Revolution in China (Free for all)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00

The Chinese have been known for years as red-wine consumers, as underlined by the title of the recent, award-winning film Red Obsession . Recent research conducted on behalf of Vinexpo claims that 'China is now the largest red wine consuming nation on earth, consuming even more red wine than the.

Bordeaux 2013 - the most impressive (Inside information)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00

To keep abreast of the latest releases from Bordeaux, you could do much worse than keep an eye on  which charts prices and how they compare to the 2012 price. Most reductions so far have been, ahem, modest. It is also worth looking at and their useful graphs.

Bordeaux 2013 TN survey - results (Free for all)

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00

16 Apr - The 40 further responses served only to underline the preferences outlined below. We are also very grateful for your individual comments.  Thank you very much indeed to the 120 of you Purple Pagers so far who have taken the trouble to answer yesterday's survey . I am particularly.

Germany's 2010s, 2011s and 2012s with hindsight (Don't quote me)

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00

Taste for yourself if you're around London next month. See this offer for Purple Pagers. Now that the dust has settled, even on the wines of 2012, one can take the opportunity to draw some meaningful comparisons between three very different vintages in Germany, 2010, 2011 and 2012. (Click on the.

Great Riesling tasting - special offer (Inside information)

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00

Calling all Riesling lovers who will be in or near London on the evening of Monday 12 May. Purple Pagers can benefit from a 25% discount and pay just £15 for a ticket to this fantastic Riesling tasting, featuring great wines from all of the following estates around the world. Many of the.

Mosel bridge essentially 'unstable' (Free for all)

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00

Sarah Washington, tireless campaigner against the Mosel bridge (click on the tag at the end of the article), reports that an astonishing film report was aired on SWR Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz last Friday 11 April 2014. It was called Hochmoselbrücke nicht standsicher (High Mosel Bridge not.

Bordeaux 2013 TNs – what do you want? (Inside information)

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00

As we explained in Bordeaux 2013 primeurs - our plans , Richard was in Bordeaux the week before last tasting the 2013 primeur samples available, blind whenever possible. Three years ago in Primeurs 2010 - when to publish? I tried, and failed, to persuade my fellow wine writers to hold back their.

And Americans love Barolo too (Free for all)

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00

Levi Dalton, ex New York sommelier and host of the podcast I'll Drink to That! , could not be more of an enthusiast for Piemonte's finest wines. As preparation for my article on the growth of interest in Barolo , I therefore asked him for his comments and how these wines are currently viewed by.

Chiltern Firehouse - on fire (Nick on restaurants)

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:00

My first and last sightings over dinner in the restaurant of the Chiltern Firehouse, the reincarnation of the former fire station on Chiltern Street, Marylebone, whose 26 suites will open in late May, probably constituted the most unlikely combination I have ever seen in such a setting. But both.

Barolo - the next big thing? (Free for all)

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:00

See our tasting notes in Does Barolo 2010 live up to the hype? and Other Piemontese on offer… . Now that the world's wine collectors are no longer falling over themselves to stock up on bordeaux en primeur, Britain's traditional wine merchants are having to think of different ways to fill the.

Clos Ouvert, Primavera 2010 Maule (Wines of the week)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:00

Later that same day - I have just added some more UK stockists. Today's wine of the week is dedicated to the memory of Michael Cox , who represented Chilean wine in the UK with such verve and whose life was celebrated by about 700 of us yesterday in Southwark Cathedral (standing room only) and.

Behind the scenes en primeur - video (Videos)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:00

For those curious about the inner mechanics of Bordeaux primeur tastings, here is a short film I made last week. True wine tragics may wish to count how many faces they can recognise.  For all other articles on the Bordeaux 2013 vintage, see this guide .


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