Bordeaux 2016: the verdict

As Bordeaux 2016 en primeur gets underway, with the first major release (Cos d’Estournel) today, our Buying Director Max Lalondrelle provides his thoughts on the vintage It’s been more than two weeks since we finished our annual en primeur week with a late afternoon tasting at Ch. Haut-Bailly and a quick game of pétanque before […]

Bordeaux 2016: first impressions

With just a month to go before the Bordelais unveil their 2016 wines, Buying Director and Bordeaux Buyer Max Lalondrelle shares his first impressions of the vintage Every year, long before the en primeur tastings in early April, I visit Bordeaux to check on the quality of the vintage. These visits, the first during the […]

Bordeaux 2016: vintage update

Fresh from the vineyards, Buying Director and Bordeaux Buyer Max Lalondrelle reports on the 2016 vintage so far – a year that has proven difficult for Bordeaux but fortunately seems to be producing good quality and decent quantities. Having just returned from my yearly pilgrimage to check on the harvest, I can safely say that […]

Bordeaux 2015: a vintage like no other

Having tasted the vintage, Max Lalondrelle, our highly regarded Buying Director, gives his view of Bordeaux 2015 – the like of which, in his 15 years of en primeur experience, he has never seen before. Prior to tasting the 2015 vintage, I’d anticipated it was going to be the best since 2010: that is now […]