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Sept. 30, 2006 Issue  :  News

Sales of 2005 Bordeaux Are Sluggish

Posted: September 30, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Sept. 30, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

Cirque de Bordeaux

Posted: September 30, 2006  By Matt Kramer

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2005 Merlot Madness in Bordeaux

Posted: September 26, 2006  By James Suckling

The dusty streets of Havana are a long way from the vineyards and cellars of Bordeaux, but I was thinking this morning over a café con leche about the Merlots I tasted from barrel last week while in France.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pétrus Unplugged and the Bordeaux Machine

Posted: September 22, 2006  By James Suckling

I never thought I would be dancing shirtless at Château Pétrus. Mykonos or St. Tropez, yes..but Pétrus? I went to the harvesters’ party last night at the famous Pomerol estate, and the 50 pickers, along with the owners, were rocking.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Great Vintages and Growers’ Vintages

Posted: September 21, 2006  By James Suckling

I just finished tasting the 2005 Mouton-Rothschild at the château, and I am impressed. The wine is much better than when I tasted it in late March. It has serious concentration of fruit and super well-integrated tannins.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Foggy Crystal Ball on 2006 Bordeaux

Posted: September 20, 2006  By James Suckling

I had a winemaker in Bordeaux ask me today if I felt that the expensive prices for 2005 were my fault? I laughed. But I was slightly annoyed too. “Don’t shoot the messenger,” I told him. I tasted the wines.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Agony and Ecstasy in Bordeaux

Posted: September 19, 2006  By James Suckling

The weather is not looking good for the harvest in Bordeaux. It’s been raining on and off since I arrived here on Saturday, and it just started raining again as I sit here and write this blog this morning and begin to blind taste a range of 1996 and 1995 Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Perfect Day in Bordeaux

Posted: September 17, 2006  By James Suckling

I sat this morning in my hotel in Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie, and tasted a range of 1996 and 1995 reds. It was a perfect day for tasting. I was in a good mood. The weather was sunny and bright after three days of cold and very wet weather.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

1996 Clarets and How to Avoid Pocketbook Pain

Posted: September 15, 2006  By James Suckling

Went to a friend's house for dinner last night in Arezzo, and in addition to inviting a beautiful leggy brunette from Atlanta for the evening, he also pulled out two pretty 1996s for dinner – La Mission and Latour.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pichon-Lalande in London and 1996 Versus '95

Posted: September 11, 2006  By James Suckling

I am sitting at Zafferano, the best Italian restaurant in London, with Gildas d’Ollone, general manager of Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande. We just finished tasting 14 vintages of Pichon-Lalande during a Farr Vintners' tasting.

News & Features  :  News

New Pecking Order on the Right Bank

St.-Emilion releases a new classification of top wineries, met with muted response

Posted: September 11, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Ten Years On With 1996 Bordeaux

Posted: September 8, 2006  By James Suckling

Just got done evaluating 65 Left Bank Bordeaux from the 1996 vintage in a blind tasting organized in London by wine merchants Farr Vintners. All I can say is that I am not surprised with the results. There were some exciting wines, such as the first growths, Cos-d’Estournel and Léoville-Las-Cases, but in general, it was not a great day of tasting.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Second Wine, Second Night in St.-Tropez

Posted: August 23, 2006  By James Suckling

I had dinner the other night at Au Caprice des Deux in St.-Tropez with some friends before going clubbing. The food was fancy bistro fare, good and hearty, with lots of flavor. Most people had oven-roasted lamb crusted with parsley.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux Buyers Beware

Posted: August 17, 2006  By James Suckling

I received e-mails from a few close friends who are Bordeaux wine traders, and they were very skeptical of my blog about Blackberry messages full of offers of top-class 2005 Bordeaux, such as Pétrus and Le Pin.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Back to Bordeaux 2005

Posted: August 14, 2006  By James Suckling

A wine merchant friend was staying with me for a few days, and I was curious to hear that he was receiving, via his Blackberry, offers for big bottles of rare and expensive 2005 Bordeaux like Pétrus and Le Pin….

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Looking at Bordeaux Prices - From the Personal and Business Side

Posted: August 11, 2006  By James Molesworth

Spoke to Didier Virot last night at Aix. In addition to being a really good chef, Virot is also an avid and knowledgeable wine collector. He's unhappy with the '05 Bordeaux pricing, as it seems most other folks here in the U.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Montrachet and Latour on Ice

Posted: August 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I dined last week at the osteria below my house with my buddy Thomas and two wine merchant friends from Burgundy, and I came late to what appeared to be an incredible fest of awesome wines including 1973 DRC Montrachet and 1959 Latour.

July 31, 2006 Issue  :  Collecting

An Exceptional Crew

Investment-worthy Bordeaux offer good value

Posted: July 31, 2006  By Peter D. Meltzer

News & Features  :  News

Sales of 2005 Bordeaux Are Sluggish

High prices and weak dollar have U.S. consumers overlooking top growths

Posted: July 14, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Latour Makes A Move in Burgundy

Posted: July 10, 2006  By James Suckling

I've just learned that the owner of Bordeaux first growth Château Latour, fashion magnate François Pinault, signed an agreement last week to buy close to 16 acres of prime Burgundy vineyards, planted to Pinot Noir and all near the town of Vosne-Romanée.

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