While Chateau Lafite-Rothschild (recently valued at almost €4 billion by Liv-Ex) may have stayed mum today rather than release their highly-anticipated prices, the Rothschild family did make a surprising release late last Friday (a day after VinExpo ended) for their Pomerol chateau, L’Evangile. With vineyards bordering Petrus to the north and Cheval Blanc to the south, L’Evangile’s prime location is ... Read More »
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Last week during VinExpo, Clerc Milon unveiled its brand new chateau and vinification cellars. The Pauillac Fifth Growth estate is part of the Rothschild wine portfolio, run by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, that includes the prestigious First Growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. Clerc Milon was acquired by Philippine’s father, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in 1970. Two years ago, the Baroness hired Bordeaux ... Read More »
It’s a busy Monday morning in Bordeaux with the first of the five First Growths, Chateau Margaux, to release its 2010 Bordeaux futures prices. Liv-Ex ranks Chateau Margaux as the 3rd best wine of the vintage based on a compilation of critical opinion – Robert Parker (96-98), Jancis Robinson (19), Decanter (20), James Suckling (100) and Wine Spectator (96-99) – ... Read More »
This morning, Cos D’Estournel (Saint Estephe) released its price for its 2010 Bordeaux futures wines. The vintage received excellent scores across the board: Robert Parker (95-97), Jancis Robinson (18.5), Decanter (19), James Suckling (96-97), and Wine Spectator (96-99). Here are Master of Wine, Roger Bohmrich’s tasting notes: [quote]The 2010 Cos represents an assemblage of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot ... Read More »
After the barrage of price releases last week, the 2010 Bordeaux Futures campaign paused this week for VinExpo to take center stage. Wine professionals and journalists have spent the week meeting with exhibitors, tasting wines (including a 2010 Bordeaux tasting by the Union Grand Cru association), and visiting chateaux. Read More »
Widely-popular Pauillac chateau Lynch-Bages may have released its 2010 first wine at above $150 per bottle, but you can still get its second wine, Echo de Lynch-Bages, for under $50. Now managed by the well-respected Cazes family, Lynch-Bages has a long history. Read More »
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 »