Five Things to Know About 2015 Bordeaux

Five Things to Know About 2015 Bordeaux

here is no question that 2015 is the strongest vintage that Bordeaux has produced in years. Likewise, the en primeur (futures) campaign will prove to be the most exciting and sought-after since the 2010 vintage. But just how good is 2015 Bordeaux really? This year, I traveled to Bordeaux to attend the primeur tastings. After tasting nearly 300 wines from the vintage, I think I have a pretty good handle on what to make of it. 

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What's it Like to Taste Bordeaux En Primeur?

What's it Like to Taste Bordeaux En Primeur?

Ever wonder what it’s like to attend Bordeaux primeurs? This hectic week of tasting requires a lot of planning and a lot of fortitude. While everyone has a different schedule and different goals, most will attend a mix of larger appellation tastings and apointment-only private tastings. Here's a snapshot of what a typical agenda might look like.

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Stephane Aviron's Cru Beaujolais

Stephane Aviron's Cru Beaujolais

I had the opportunity to taste Stephane Aviron's Beaujolais crus from barrel not once, but twice, over the past year. I loved them on both occasions, and I am going to put these front and center in our vintage offerings this year. And it's not just because he is a Buffalo Bills fan (he spent some time in the Finger Lakes in the 90's and fondly recalls the Super Bowl years.)

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The Best View in Tuscany

The Best View in Tuscany

In September 2008, my wife and I packed our car and left coastal Liguria to make the drive toward Florence, where we were spending the next leg of our trip. We planned to take a detour for lunch, with only one goal - find the best view in Tuscany. I had read about a little spot in the hills surrounding Greve in Chianti. A small village called Lamole with a historic winery dating to the 14th century. The restaurant, I read, had a terrace with a panoramic view of the Tuscan hills, looking out toward San Gimignano's famous towers.

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2004 Tuscany

2004 Tuscany

2004 was a classic vintage in Tuscany. Of the vintage, Jancis Robinson wrote that it was an "exceptionally good vintage, central Italy’s equivalent of the perfect growing season that France experienced in 2005." Like in most great vintages, growers were counting on a warm and sunny September. They got that in spades, and by the time wines were in barrels, some winemakers were already making comparisons to the classic 1997 vintage. "I have never seen Sangiovese with such quality, with perhaps the exception of 1997," said Roberto Guerrini, of Eredi Fuligni in Montalcino (one of my favorite Brunello producers). 

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