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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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Ferrari or First Growth 2005?

Posted: July 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Visited the Ferrari factory in Maranello for July 4th with a couple of friends who were picking up their F430 convertibles and then driving to Le Mans for the 24-hour race – lucky guys! During a lunch at the factory, I was shocked to hear that they wouldn’t be buying any 2005 Bordeaux futures.

Jun 30, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

This Issue: Bordeaux 2005

Posted: June 30, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

Jun 30, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Bordeaux's Beautiful Baby

Exclusive tastings of more than 600 wines make it clear—the 2005 vintage is a classic

Posted: June 30, 2006  By James Suckling

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

One of the Last, But Not Less

Posted: June 29, 2006  By James Suckling

Today Château Le Pin – Pomerol’s ultra-collectible, tiny-production, pure Merlot – released a few thousand bottles worth of 2005 futures on the Bordeaux market at 450 euros from its cellar, and the wine was bought up in minutes.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Time Will Tell

Posted: June 28, 2006  By James Suckling

There is apparently a limit for prices for 2005 futures in Bordeaux. Yquem closed its 2005 en primeur sales this afternoon at 3 p.m. in Europe following a less-than-enthusiastic response from the marketplace, according to sources in Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A New Reality, Or Do We Drink Pepsi?

Posted: June 27, 2006  By James Suckling

“Yes, it is crazy,” I said to a source in Bordeaux when I heard that the insanity continued today there with Cheval-Blanc and Yquem offered to the trade at 400 euros a bottle. That means the wines are going to be offered to the U.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Star Blinding Prices....

Posted: June 26, 2006  By James Suckling

Call it a shooting star, or whatever. But Ausone, the tiny superstar from St.-Emilion, came out today to the Bordeaux trade for 500 euros a bottle, and, yes…believe it or not, the wine trade couldn’t get enough of it.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Stars are the Limit

Posted: June 23, 2006  By James Suckling

Today Latour and Margaux (two potential 100-pointers in my mind) put their 2005 futures on the market for 350 euros ex-chateau to the Bordeaux wine trade. They were quickly trading at 410 to 420 euros to clients around the world.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The New French Surrealism

Posted: June 22, 2006  By James Suckling

I am speechless. Lafite and Mouton released their 2005 futures to the Bordeaux wine trade in the last 24 hours for 300 euros a bottle, and the global wine trade can’t get enough. In fact, I have been told that many are reordering! This means that Lafite and Mouton 2005 will be about $650 a bottle to American consumers – or more.

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