2014 Duhart-Milon

2014 Duhart-Milon was released last week.  Working on margins that make a wine merchant wonder why they didn’t work harder at school, it is offered in the UK at £400 per dozen bottles in bond.  Which is €42 a bottle off the negociants. Even with well-bought euros the margin struggles to get into two figures.  […]

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2014 Bordeaux: my top three

In spite of its failings – which are many – I love en-primeur.  The excitement of a new wine.  The birth, if you like, of wines that will develop into something so much more than juice.  1996 Latour was at this stage once, as was 1982 Pichon-Lalande.  Just as my son could once fit into […]

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Monsieur Caviste

I can’t remember his name, so I’ll call him Monsieur Caviste, because that’s what he was.  I wonder what he’s doing now.  My best guess is that he’s one of those sharky French brokers who deal in flipped Lafon allocations and sell bottles of Romanee-Conti that maybe aren’t Romanee-Conti.  Maybe that’s unfair but the truth […]

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Kissing a fool

Last week I fell back in love with Bordeaux a bit.  Just a bit.  And I’ve never really been out of love with Bordeaux, it’s just, well, there is only so much you can take, isn’t there?  If you view your relationship with Bordeaux as just that – a relationship – Bordeaux has been, well […]

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2013 Bordeaux: my top three

Killing two birds with one stone here.  After a week in Bordeaux – a non-stop week – I have to write my notes up.  And I want to write something about the week I’ve had, the vintage, Bordeaux, the wine market and all sorts of other tosh.  But, first off: my top three.  Buy these […]

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