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View full post titled - 'Robert Parker Jr releases his report on Bordeaux 2012 with Pomerol on top'

Robert Parker Jr releases his report on Bordeaux 2012 with Pomerol on top

Parker’s description of the 2012 vintage as ‘not great’ rings true in direct comparison to the recent back to back iconic vintages 2009 & 2010, but his ratings clearly acknowledge the fact that some very good wines were produced in 2012.

Posted by Sam Earl on 29 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Bordeaux 2012 Vintage Report ‘General Impression & Overview’'

Bordeaux 2012 Vintage Report ‘General Impression & Overview’

The wines of 2012 have been compared with those of 2008, neither iconic, neither straight-forward, but neither disappointing. I think it’s safe to say that 2012 needs to be approached judiciously, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have plenty to offer.

Posted by Sam Earl on 24 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Bordeaux 2012 Releases Update: Valandraud, Lafite, Duhart, Carruades & l’Evangile'

Bordeaux 2012 Releases Update: Valandraud, Lafite, Duhart, Carruades & l’Evangile

Well only a week into this year's en primeur campaign and we have already had two of the major releases, Mouton at the end of last week, and as anticipated Lafite Rothschild today.

Posted by Sam Earl on 24 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Extraction Defined'

Extraction Defined

‘Extraction’, is a term that has reportedly been used by Robert M. Parker Jr. 901 times in about 30,000 tasting notes, but what exactly does it mean, and what does it mean when a wine is overly-extracted?

Posted by Sam Earl on 19 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Day 4: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Grape Britain Garagistes’'

Day 4: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Grape Britain Garagistes’

Not that we are patriots, but our man in Saint Emillion, Jonathan Maltus of Le Dome, was undoubtedly the host with the most. The most in terms of charisma, amusing stories and humility, as we discovered over lunch at Château Teyssier.

Posted by Sam Earl on 19 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Bordeaux 2012 Releases Update: Mouton Rothschild, Lynch Bages, Petit Mouton, Rauzan Segla'

Bordeaux 2012 Releases Update: Mouton Rothschild, Lynch Bages, Petit Mouton, Rauzan Segla

So the En Primeur Campaign has swung into action with the release of first growth, Mouton Rothschild, at an extremely welcoming discount to their 2011 offering. Officially the wine was released at €200 ex-Chateau and c. €240 ex-negociant.

Posted by Sam Earl on 18 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Mainland China Cashing In On ‘Passion Investments’'

Mainland China Cashing In On ‘Passion Investments’

As the property sector in mainland China appears to be slowing down and stock prices remaining stagnant, millionaires are reportedly scoping out art, fine wine and watches for investment.

Posted by Sam Earl on 17 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining- Clos des Lunes, Lune D’argent'

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining- Clos des Lunes, Lune D’argent

Prior to our visit to Bordeaux for the 2012 en primeur tasting we received a sample bottle of Lune d’argent 2012,  produced by Clos des Lunes. We tasted the Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc blend blind at the office, and everyone agreed that is was astonishingly well priced.

Posted by Sam Earl on 17 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Day 3: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Magnifique Margaux’'

Day 3: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Magnifique Margaux’

If we had a euro for every time we have been told that this year is a wine makers vintage and last year was a classical vintage we could probably buy a scarf from the Cos D' Estournel gift shop or maybe even a polo shirt from Mouton.

Posted by Sam Earl on 15 April 2013

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View full post titled - 'Day 2: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Cabernet Country’'

Day 2: Bordeaux en primeur 2012 ‘Cabernet Country’

On our way to Cabernet country this morning the Cult Wines team either slept, or quietly discussed the day ahead. Unlike yesterday, where we knew that the Merlot based wines ahead of us would most likely be showing well, king Cab, didn't fill us with as much confidence.

Posted by Sam Earl on 10 April 2013

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