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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

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Beaujolais 2017

Growing Beaujolais

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Out of Angers

Loire 2017: Part II

Out of Angers

Buyer Jo Locke MW and News & Content Editor Jo Goodman head out of the trade fair in Angers and into the cellars of some of our key suppliers in the region: Gratien & Meyer in Saumur, the Bougrier family in their brand new winery and the hewn-out tuffeau caves in Vouvray, Chinon and Touraine-Chenonceaux.

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Cognac 2017

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Emma Briffett learns about the dedication put into creating our Society and Exhibition Cognacs, even witnessing one of them being blended, and changes from a relative Cognac novice to an avid enthusiast.

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Argentina: the present and the future

Argentina

Argentina: the present and the future

Argentina's malbecs, with their softly alluring, fruit-forward charm, are deservedly in vogue. I've been buying South American wine for over two decades and have been excited to see the increasing variety and nuance.

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