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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 »

Free Burgundy Wine Tasting in NYC: Thurs June 23, 2011

Come taste some of Millesima’s special discoveries from the outstanding 2009 vintage which we have selected ourselves from the estates in Burgundy. Thursday, June 23 from 6 to 8 pm Domaine Mathias Pouilly-Vinzelles 2009 – An unoaked Chardonnay…this appellation lies alongside its more famous neighbor, Pouilly-Fuissé – this is a fantastic value on sale for less than $20! Château de ... 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 »

How The Modern En Primeur System Works

Continuing with the En Primeur theme from yesterday’s introduction to the Bordeaux en primeur system, this video discusses the Bordeaux marketplace. Here’s a quick summary. Each spring, thousands of wine professionals visit Bordeaux for the opening of the Primeur campaign. Over 150 of the top estates welcome journalists, buyers, importers, retailers and other wine professionals from all over the world ... Read More »

Quick Introduction to Bordeaux En Primeur

We’ve been talking a lot about 2010 Bordeaux Vintage Reports by Appellation. If you are brand new to the world of Bordeaux wine futures, this video will explain the concept of en primeur and a bit of its history. Here’s the quick summary. En primeur, sometimes called wine futures, is a way for anyone to buy the most highly-demanded Bordeaux ... Read More »

Roger Bohmrich’s 2010 Bordeaux Vintage Report and Tasting Notes

2010 Bordeaux Futures

Now that the chateaux have started releasing their 2010 Bordeaux prices, you may want to take a minute to review the tasting notes of our Managing Director, Roger Bohmrich. In April 2011, Bohmrich visited Bordeaux during En Primeur week and released his full assessment of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage. The coverage includes his tasting notes and video commentary filmed during ... Read More »

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