Bordeaux 2018 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2018 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

2018 - A Marvel A difficult start - a majestic finish!  Like for many other exceptional vintages, the year started quite miserably, with excessive rain, aggressive mildew and hail storms during the first half of the year. Everyone was quite anxious. In June the sun returned and generously stayed with us until the end of the season. Hot days intermingled with fresh nights in September allowed an excellent maturity and consistency and a calm start to the harvest period. An excellent sanitary state of the grapes arriving to the vats put an end…Read more
Douro, Bairrada and Dão 2017 by Dirk Niepoort

Douro, Bairrada and Dão 2017 by Dirk Niepoort

Discover all 2017 wines of Dirk Niepoort from Bairrada, Dão and Douro Douro 2017 The viticultural year 2016/2017 was one of extreme heat and very dry. Although rainfall in November was above average, rainfall in December and January  was over  50% down on an average year and the winter was cold, especially during the month of January when temperatures were 2ºC lower than average (source ADVID). While from February onwards temperatures were significantly higher than average (source ADVID). The spring of 2017 saw rainfall well below average, for example during the month of…Read more
Le Pin 2016

Le Pin 2016

The Janus effect of the 2016 vintage will remain in our memories for a long time. A winter where the temperatures remained cold and the rain never stopped; followed by a summer where it was hot, sunny and dry from July until November. The same amount of rain fell during the first six months of 2016 (500 mm) as for the entire year of 2015. By contrast, not one drop of rain fell from the middle of the June until the 14th of August; two months of drought which challenged the vines that…Read more
Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

2014, a great vintage miraculously saved The story of the 2014 vintage started in an atmosphere of worry and concern. We were expecting the worst but a miracle  took place: an incredible Indian summer which gave light to a certain optimism in the place of  more somber predictions. Indeed, September proved to be a source of joy for the vignerons of the region with its perfect warn and breezy weather. A great vintage? To be honest, it is too soon to make such claims but we can say that it already displays certain…Read more
Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

By Christopher Cannan My relationship with Robert Parker dates back to 1981 when I received a phone call requesting we organize a visit to Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Mr. Parker, a lawyer and author of a little known local wine newsletter near Baltimore in the U.S.A. Little more was heard about Bob Parker until early 1983 when he claimed the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux was the vintage of the century and must not be missed by any serious collector and lover of Bordeaux wines. Robert  Finigan, the most influential wine…Read more
Have we fallen out of love with Bordeaux?

Have we fallen out of love with Bordeaux?

By Fiona Morrison M.W. As I sit down to write this, Bordeaux is in the middle of “en primeur “ week at the end of March/beginning of April.  This is the moment, when Bordeaux presents its new vintage, worthy of viewing or not, to the wine world.  The quality of the vintage, indeed the question of whether a vintage should be purchased “en primeur” has become rather irrelevant. So important is it to see and be seen in Bordeaux that if you wanted to keep a foothold in the business, you join the masses…Read more