Bordeaux

Finding Values in Sauternes – 1855 Classification Updated

Margaux and Yquem

When you hear terms like First Growth or Fifth Growth in Bordeaux, these labels date back to the 1855 Classification that was produced for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855. If you think this classification was based on rigorous tastings, blind scoring, or other quality-control criteria – it wasn’t. In fact, the only requirement for a wine to have been ... Read More »

Bordeaux Prestige: 2010 Pontet Canet, Pauillac

Pontet Canet is one of ten wines this year to receive a potentially perfect score from Robert Parker (96-100). The estate is the first of the 1855 classified growths to achieve biodynamic certification. Owned by Alfred Tesseron, this 81 hectare estate sits on gravel, clay and limestone soils and takes a traditional approach to farming. [quote]We work our land like ... Read More »

The Players in the En Primeur System

Previous posts have discussed Bordeaux’s en primeur history and how the en primeur system works. Today, we’ll talk about the major players involved in the trade. Sometime between May and July, the Bordeaux chateaux release their prices and allow wine merchants to buy their future wines. However, not just any wine merchant can buy these wines directly from the estates. ... Read More »

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