The Chairman’s conclusions – Bordeaux 2013

Back on home turf, having tasted more than 200 wines and chalked up visits to 40 châteaux and three négociants, our Chairman Simon Berry reflects on the potential of Bordeaux 2013. Now that the craziness of en primeur week has finished, and my mouth, tongue and teeth are beginning to recover, it’s possible to look […]

Bordeaux 2013: spare a thought for the winemakers

I’m glad I’m not a Bordeaux winemaker. Especially in en primeur week. And most especially in what everyone agrees is a “challenging” vintage, which much of the world’s press had already written off without tasting a single drop. At times, it must be terrific of course. Fêted the world over, and with a cellar full […]

Bordeaux 2013: confounding the critics

It’s fair to say that 2013 was a year to test the mettle of the Bordelaise winemakers but, says our Chairman Simon Berry, that makes the stars of the vintage shine all the brighter. In some ways, a difficult vintage is more interesting to taste than an easy vintage. Especially this year, when every region […]

History repeating itself? Bordeaux 40 years on

Our Chairman, Simon Berry, first cut his teeth in Bordeaux 40 years ago. Here he reflects on how the Bordelais could learn some lessons from 1974… Its 40 years exactly, give or take a few months, since I first visited Bordeaux. Then, aged 15, I was on “an exchange” with a boy named Gerard whose […]