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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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Spain 2016

Spain 2016

Buyer Pierre Mansour makes a pilgrimage to Spain, to visit one of the country's oldest but least known wine regions, before returning with Trainee Buyer Freddy Bulmer to try some exclusive and very special blends.

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Bordeaux 2016

Bordeaux for the first time

Trainee buyer Freddy Bulmer joins head of buying Tim Sykes on an eye-opening trip to Bordeaux where he’s thrown in at the deep end with trips to Society favourites Sichel, Dourthe, Moueix and Dubourdieu.

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Italy 2016

Giro d’Italia: Part II

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