New pricelist online
I've just published my latest pricelist on this website. You also can order online. You are informed that all wines are available (subject to remaining unsold). All ratings marked with " WA" are from Robert Parker's Jr. Wine Advocate, the best wine-guide in the world! All prices are ex.VAT (21%)!!!
Bordeaux 2015 vintage
Bordeaux 2015 will be a very interesting vintage, especially on the right bank (Pomerol, St-Emilion,...). I just hope that prices will be correct as the current market-prices are quite high in Bordeaux for the moment. I'll be in Bordeaux for tasting this new vintage and we'll keep you updated. The website will be updated weekly from now on, after the big demand from international customers..
Bordeaux 2013 vintage
Just back from Bordeaux where I've been tasting about 250 wines from the 2013 vintage " en Primeur " (from the barrel). 2013 is a very difficult vintage due the very cold spring and a very wet harvest in october 2013... The weather conditions were so difficult that even a few wine growers have already decided not to produce their wine like Hosanna (Pomerol) from JP Moueix and some other Châteaux. But there are some good wines as well from the big wine-makers like Denis Durantou (Eglise-Clinet), Jean-Michel Laporte (La Conseillante), Ronan Laborde (Clinet), Cheval Blanc is very good and we can't complain after having tasted the magnificent Tertre Roteboeuf (François Mitjaville)... In the Médoc i'm a fan of Lynch Bages, Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, Ducru Beaucaillou... The very nice thing about 2013 is that alcohollevels have reach normal levels and wines are presented as they are; as one of my UK friends Oliver East told me " it is like it is "... Let's hope the prices will be correct and low and the Châteaux-owners should be as happy as the wine lovers
I'll be putting more update news on the website and a new winelist from next week..
Bordeaux 2012 vintage
I'm almost ready to taste about 350 - 400 wines or more during my next trip to Bordeaux in 2 weeks from now! I've heard it's a Pomerol, right bank vintage but the dry whites are showing very well .... Wait and see, i'll tell you more in about 3 weeks...
I've been travelling a lot and let's start with my tastings in Bordeaux which were very interesting, as always. Bordeaux 2011 from the barrel was a very tough job as a professional wine taster to make the good selections. There were very few wines which could make good wines, only the growers with full experience knew how to made excellent wines, so it's the winemakers vintage, with knowledge of timing of picking the grapes at the right moment. As usual I liked Mission Haut Brion, Ponet Canet, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Eglise-Clinet, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Pavie, Angélus, Mouton Rothschild, Vieux Château Certan, Palmer, Lynch Bages, Cos d'Estournel, Montrose,...and in the smaller wines I liked Clos Floridène (white), Puygeraud (Thienpondt-family), Mauvezin-Barton (the latest estate from Lilian Barton, Ch. Léoville-Barton)! The good news is that prices went down and you have better value-for-money (but prices could drop a bit more for me). After my Bordeaux-trip, I spent some weeks in Hong Kong where I had the oportunity to meet some wine importers and it was very nice to explore the Chinese wine-connection. It's very nice to explain how good Chinese are distributing the good french wines. Finally I spent some days in the Northern Rhône , where I've tasted some very good Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu...ect. A lot of rain during the harvest over there in september , which damaged many vineyards.... result watery, light wines for 2012 in the Northern Rhône. I'll keep you informed....
2011 Bordeaux news..
just heard 2011 will be a Merlot and Cabernet Franc vintage... i'll keep you informed, let's taste....
Bordeaux 2011 vintage
I'm going to Bordeaux very soon for my annual " en Primeur " tasting, this time the 2011 vintage. I've heard it's a very small vintage, but i'm going for the surprises of course... I'll keep you informed...
Wine journal erobertparker
I'm very happy with the nice words i've received from Neil Martin on his blog on erobertparker.com ! Thanks for the article and very nice tasting. If interested, you can go to erobertparker.com and make an account...
Suduiraut launches Sauternes for younger drinkers
Les Lions de Suduiraut, which makes its debut this month, is described as a "classic Sauternes" produced from hand-picked grapes affected by noble rot, but is also said to be "fresher, fruitier and more vibrant" than its traditional counterparts. The first wine available is from the 2009 vintage, a blend of 96% Semillon and 4% Sauvignon Blanc, bottled at 14.3% abv and with 134g/litre of residual sugar. The bright gold label of Les Lions de Suduiraut is another break with the usually restrained Sauternes packaging, using a label which features the rampant lions of the château's crest. AXA Millésimes, owner of Château Suduiraut and other châteaux including Pichon-Baron and Petit-Village, describes the wine as "totally versatile, perfect as an aperitif, perhaps with some salted nuts, olives or smoked salmon canapés, while still having the depth and gravitas to partner puddings and blue cheese". AXA managing director Christian Seely said he was "very excited" about the new launch, and about the future for Sauternes overall. Les Lions de Suduiraut will be available internationally through key négociants from early this month