Month: April, 2010

Parker agrees with Berrys on Bordeaux 2009!

The mighty Parker has released his scores for Bordeaux’s 2009s – possibly the most important document in wine history since the 1855 classification – and guess what? He actually seems to agree with us! Many have been the years where we have read through Parker’s proclamations with a sense of bewildered wonderment – 2003/2005/2008 for […]

Beaujolais 2009

I have just been down to Beaujolais and up to Chablis to check out the 2009s from these regions. The visit to Chablis was particularly reassuring because I had some worries that the sunny conditions of the 2009 vintage might have led to atypical Chablis, fat and sassy chardonnay without the underlying austerity which is […]

Every cloud has a silver lining: an evening with Noël Pinguet of Vouvray producer Gaston Huët

Marooned I may have been, but Noël Pinguet’s (left) tutored tasting for 31 fortunate few (me included), in Berrys’ cellar on Monday night, more than compensated for this inconvenience. And just as the Icelandic volcano has reminded us of man’s meekness in the face of nature, so Noël’s wines clearly substantiated the pull of biodynamics: harnessing […]

Top châteaux talk about Bordeaux 2009

While we were in Bordeaux we asked some of the top châteaux to sum up the 2009 vintage in a few words, below is a round up of eveyone’s thoughts: