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Bordeaux Tales I

Posted: April 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Went to a friend’s house for dinner a couple of nights ago and brought some leftover, half-full bottle samples of 2003 Bordeaux. I did a blind tasting in my office in Tuscany of these wines. They were latecomers because some, such as Pavie, were not in bottle yet for my tasting late last year, and others simply weren’t available.

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When It's Not For Consumption

Posted: April 11, 2006  By James Suckling

I don’t see too many first-growth investors on my blog…. Good thing. But the fact is that there are many out there. My friend in Hong Kong has customers who have bought 25 cases of 1982, or 30 cases of 1990 Latour.

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First Growth Question

Posted: April 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you, family or friends ever drink first-growth Bordeaux? Got in a long conversation last night at dinner with a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong, and he said that first growths were primarily for investment and that few people ever drink the stuff – especially young vintages.

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Road Trip Home

Posted: April 9, 2006  By James Suckling

Got back home in Tuscany from VinItaly last night. I spent a whole day in the beautiful city of Verona at what some believe is the Super Bowl of Italian wine. But the only thing the annual event has in common with the great American football event is the crowds.

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Road Trip

Posted: April 7, 2006  By James Suckling

After Geneva, flew to Munich to drive down with a friend in his 575 Ferrari to Verona for Italy’s Super Bowl of wine fairs, VinItaly. Parts of the autobahn in Germany still have no speed limit. So we pushed the 575 a bit – very fast.

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Bordeaux Hostage II

Posted: April 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Ran into a fellow "Specy" at the watch show. Robert Woodrow of Rye, New York, was sitting next to me in a lounge area and asked me if  I worked for the Spectator. We spoke for a while about wine and watches and then he said he had gone to a restaurant (can’t remember the name) the other night in Geneva and was charged $60 corkage.

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Watches and the Nature of the Beast

Posted: April 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Still in Geneva at the Salone International de la Haute Horlogerie – the international watch show. I looked at some cool pieces from Panerai today such as a Radiomir 47mm “California.” It’s a retro look diver’s watch that’s going to be available in the States in December.

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Bordeaux Hostage

Posted: April 3, 2006  By James Suckling

Corkage fees can be annoying sometimes. I understand why restaurants charge but sometimes they can be excessive, even dishonest. I had dinner last night at a Chinese restaurant in Geneva called Tse Yan in the Hilton Hotel and I telephoned them before to see if I could bring a bottle of Bordeaux to share with a friend.

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Scoop!

Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I wasn’t going to blog this but I have decided to unveil what may be the most exciting news to come out of Bordeaux for a long time. While I was tasting in the cellars of Chateau Latour, I came across a barrel that was marked “reserve de patron” – which is basically the reserve of the owner.

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Who's on Second?

Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I left Bordeaux and went to Basel for the annual watch show – I also write about watches but I don’t rate them – and I had dinner with some friends on Friday night in a Chinese restaurant. We had a couple of bottles of Bordeaux – Les Pagodes de Cos and Leoville Barton 2001.

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Waiting at the Station

Posted: March 31, 2006  By James Suckling

I read this comment from David Hamshere on my blog a few days ago and I continue to go back to it. I think that it puts it in a perspective that we can all appreciate. There are so many other businesses in the world that are being affected in the same way as the small wine growers of Bordeaux.

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The Big Event

Posted: March 30, 2006  By James Suckling

One of my last stops in my 2005 Bordeaux wine tour today was L’Eglise Clinet, the highly rated Pomerol estate. The owner, Denis Durantou, was standing just inside the door of his small winery waiting for me.

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Behind the Golden Veil

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some great wines from the Right Bank yesterday, including Pétrus, Cheval-Blanc, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan and Ausone, and I ran into a grower I know from Graves, and he reminded me of some sad truths about Bordeaux at the moment.

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Quote of the Day

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

Me at lunch with Fabien Teitgen, technical director of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, discussing why some people seem to be upset that I am writing so positively about the 2005 vintage – especially after all the positive words for 2000 and 2003.

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Pricing Therapy

Posted: March 28, 2006  By James Suckling

Before you all start crying about prices, two things. First, no one has released prices yet. Second, even if they are very high, you don’t have to buy the high-priced wines. There are going to be hundreds of good-value Bordeaux with very good to excellent prices.

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Kitchen Cabinet

Posted: March 28, 2006  By James Suckling

I am leaving the hotel this moment to taste the heavy hitters in Pomerol and St. Emilion – Pétrus, Le Pin, Ausone, Cheval Blanc…you get the idea. The word is that the wines are amazing. Can’t wait to dip my nose into them! Yesterday was a solid day of tasting Right Bankers, not to mention a detour to Haut-Brion.

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All Cream, No Milk?

Posted: March 27, 2006  By James Suckling

I am in the process of tasting a range of Right Bank wines--from unknown names to stars--in a blind tasting this morning in my hotel, and the quality level is incredibly high. Everything seems to be starting at 89 to 91 points--very good to outstanding.

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Out of the Woodwork

Posted: March 26, 2006  By James Suckling

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Palm Readings

Posted: March 26, 2006  By James Suckling

I am looking at my hands this morning after blind tasting about 40 wines from the Right Bank at my hotel Les Sources de Caudalie. My fingers on my right hand, with which I hold my Riedel tasting glass, are stained purple.

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Sticky Alert!

Posted: March 25, 2006  By James Suckling

I just tasted 10 Sauternes. And I nearly fell out of my chair. It looks like something very good. I have heard the 2005 vintage compared with 1988, which was excellent. I have heard 2001, which was the bomb.

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