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Bordeaux 2017 Insights

Assessing wines before they are even bottled is not an easy task. Given the stories circulating about the frost-stricken 2017 vintage we were especially keen to get out and taste the wines for ourselves

I was fascinated by how the Bordelais cope with what Mother Nature throws at them, while Sebastian Payne MW, with his many years' experience of buying these wines reflects on the techniques for tasting en primeur wines.

Pierre Mansour

Pierre Mansour
Head of Buying

  • date April 2018
  • location Bordeaux
  • people Pierre Mansour & Sebastian Payne MW

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