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July 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Bordeaux Struggles to Sell 2013 Futures

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Here I Go Again. Again.

Back to Bordeaux, this time to kick the dirt in the vineyards at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes

Posted: July 29, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in Bordeaux, this time to kick the dirt in the vineyards, starting at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes.

News & Features  :  News

Smith-Haut-Lafitte Owners Gain Control of Four Bordeaux Wineries

Florence and Daniel Cathiard partner with the Moulin family on four estates they will manage

Posted: July 11, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Chinese Corruption Probe Targets Firms That Bought Bordeaux Wineries

Companies accused of spending $43 million in state funds on châteaus; unclear if wineries will be seized

Posted: July 1, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  Barrel Tasting

2013 Bordeaux Barrel Alphabetical Listing

Posted: June 30, 2014  

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Bordeaux 2013 Disaster Averted

Leading châteaus salvage a pedestrian vintage for reds, while whites and sweet wines excel

Posted: June 30, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Hail Shreds Vines Across Northern Bordeaux and Cognac

Big name wineries largely spared, but many small growers will have a tiny crop this vintage

Posted: June 13, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

All in the Family

A new generation arrives at St.-Emilion’s Beau-Séjour Bécot

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Robert Camuto

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Kids Sickened After Winegrowers Spray Chemicals

Investigation finds fungicides used improperly during windy day; locals debate safety of chemicals

Posted: May 23, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Futures? Tough Sell. Wineries? Big Deals Abound

Sylvie Cazes buys St.-Emilion's Château Chauvin, one of several recent winery purchases

Posted: May 7, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Collecting  :  Collecting News

London Wine Merchant Disputes Counterfeit Lawsuit, but Châteaus Cast Doubt on Its Claims

Antique Wine Company founder says former Yquem director signed off on 1787 wine; director denies that

Posted: May 5, 2014  By Peter Hellman

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  People

Portrait of a Young Négociant

A new generation is transforming Bordeaux's most misunderstood profession

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Robert Camuto

News & Features  :  News

What 2013 Bordeaux Futures Campaign?

For American wine retailers, it's another anemic year for selling Bordeaux's latest vintage

Posted: April 29, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Collecting  :  Collecting News

2013 Bordeaux Futures Release Chart

Your guide to 2013 en primeur prices as American retailers begin to offer Bordeaux's latest vintage

Posted: April 29, 2014  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How to Buy Bordeaux

Bordeaux wine is having its turn as whipping boy, as longtime fans groan and turn away. Just means more for you

Posted: April 29, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Bordeaux futures is an old-timey and kind of archaic way to buy a commodity like wine. Nowadays, you won't save or make much, if any, money off Bordeaux futures, but that's not why you buy wine, right? "A lot of people like that it's something different, it's a little exciting," said Chuck Hayward, Bordeaux buyer for online retailer J.J. Buckley. "You figure, what the heck, why not buy it now and have something in a couple years? It's almost like a treat for them."

The 2013 futures campaign is a good one to practice on. Once you know how it's done, if 2014 turns out to be an exciting vintage, you'll know what kinds of prices to look for and which wines are rare enough that they're worth snagging early.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Atlanta Wine Collector Accuses London Merchant of Selling Fakes; Sues for $25 Million

Julian LeCraw Jr. says Antique Wine Company sold him a faux Château d'Yquem 1787

Posted: April 22, 2014  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux First-Growths Begin to Release 2013s, but Interest Still Low

Wines that are aggressively priced compared to past vintages sell, others don't

Posted: April 18, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

For Sale: Sir Alex Ferguson's Wine Collection

Plus, Stéphane Derenoncourt organizes a benefit for beleaguered Bordelais

Posted: April 17, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Merchants Ask Bordeaux, Where Are the Low Prices?

Château owners have begun releasing 2013 futures, but the prices have not excited the market

Posted: April 9, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: A Tough Vintage Passes the Test

In 2013, Bordeaux passed two tests: one of vintage, and one of faith

Posted: April 8, 2014  By James Molesworth

Thanks to Mother Nature, Bordeaux faced myriad problems in 2013. Cold, windy and wet weather during flowering. Mid-season hailstorms. Then steady disease pressure from botrytis that basically went rampant with season-ending rains that lasted from mid-September through October.

It was a stern test that, by all accounts, Bordeaux passed. Not with flying colors—the vintage is hardly anything special. It's likely in the range of 2007, if that. The best red wines will be charming, aromatic drinks in less than a decade (whites are excellent, as are the dessert wines, but Bordeaux remains defined by its reds). But had you thrown this weather at the Bordelais in the decades of the '60s, '70s and '80s, perhaps even the '90s, it would have been a washout. The fact that they passed the test and generally made a drinkable vintage out of a train wreck of a growing season is a testament to several things.

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