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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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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team


France 2015

South by South-West

Marcel Orford-Williams embarks on a whistle-stop tour starting in Saumur, on to the South West, the Languedoc then hopping over to Corsica.

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Portugal 2016

Portugal Unfortified

Considering its size, Portugal can stake a convincing claim to being the most diverse winemaking country anywhere. Its non-fortified wines continue to excite us.

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Travels In Wine - Beaujolais 2016

Beaujolais 2016

Changing Beaujolais

PR Manager Ewan Murray joins buyer Toby Morrhall in Beaujolais and discovers a region moving away from Nouveau and into the crus.

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Travels In Wine - Piedmont 2015

Piedmont 2015

Perfect Piedmont

Protected by the Alps to the north and west and the Appennines to the south, Italy's north west is one of the wine world's most exciting regions. Paul and Janet try to get to grips with the Langhe, map Barolo, understand Barbaresco and round-up the latest Barolo vintages

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