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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2005 Bordeaux Jitters

Posted: June 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Just spoke to a couple of Bordeaux traders and they said that they were not sure how to price their 2005 Haut-Brion. Apparently the chateau only released a small quantity of the 2005 on the market yesterday, and the lion’s share is going to be sold in a new bid system, whereby merchants send their bids to negociants.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Fat and Sassy Goose

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Suckling

The American-owned first growth Haut-Brion opened the 2005 futures market today by more than doubling its price from the year before and selling its wine for 200 Euros to the Bordeaux trade. And apparently the world can’t get enough.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Killing the Goose

Posted: June 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you know the story about the goose that laid the golden egg? Well, Bordeaux appears to be killing the goose through greed. The goose, of course, is the consumer, and I just don’t think that the market will bear horrendous price increases for 2005 futures.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Crazy Prices in Bordeaux Hit a New High

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Suckling

It had to happen. Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry, the Margaux wine estate, released its 2005 on the market today at more than double last year’s price. It went from about $18 a bottle from the chateau for the 2004 to about $38 for the 2005.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel

Posted: June 4, 2006  By James Suckling

About a month ago, I did a tasting of three dozen vintages of Lynch-Bages in Los Angeles, and the owner of the estate, Jean-Michel Cazes, also brought along a number of older vintages of his cru bourgeois estate, Les Ormes-de-Pez.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Tough Question...

Posted: June 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

I was sitting with my wife at dinner, lingering over a glass of '59 Latour , watching the sheets of rain come down outside. "So, like the wine?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is it great?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but with slightly less conviction.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux's Tricky 2005

Posted: June 2, 2006  By James Suckling

Spoke to a few heavy-hitter wine merchants about the 2005 Bordeaux, and they seemed a little concerned. They said that they had not had the unbridled demand that they had expected for Bordeaux’s newest vintage, especially compared to 2000.

Video  :  Video Index

Château Suduiraut 2005: Sweet Success

Learn about Sauternes in this highly praised -- and priced -- vintage with Christian Seely and Dana Nigro. Seely is the managing director of two top Bordeaux châteaus, Pichon-Baron and Suduiraut.

Posted: June 1, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Still Waiting For 2005 Bordeaux Futures

Posted: May 31, 2006  By James Suckling

Is anyone else getting a little fed up? I can’t understand why most of the big-name Bordeaux châteaus have not released their prices for 2005 futures, or en primeur. It seems that the proverbial iron is getting cold as the Bordelais try to figure out what prices they should sell their new wines for.

Video  :  Video Index

Moueix on Trotanoy 2005: Pure Fruit

Christian Moueix, who makes Pétrus, of the world's most expensive and sought-after wines, describes a barrel sample of his Château Trotanoy and the 2005 vintage as he talks with Dana Nigro, Wine Spectator senior editor.

Posted: May 30, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Prince Robert on Haut-Brion 2005: Ambassador of Bordeaux

Prince Robert de Luxembourg, president of the château, talks with James Suckling, Wine Spectator senior editor, about the 2005 vintage and about Haut-Brion's role in Bordeaux.

Posted: May 30, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Rolland, part 3: Tasting Château Pavie

Michel Rolland and James Suckling add another wine to the thousands they taste each year: a barrel sample of the 2005 Pavie.

Posted: May 26, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Rauzan-Ségla & Canon 2005: Intensity & Harmony

Join John Kolasa as he compares his estates and discusses the 2005 vintage with Dana Nigro. (Obviously, the vintage was not as rainy as the day we taped this interview -- keep your umbrella handy!)

Posted: May 26, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Rolland, part 2: Tasting Château Le Bon-Pasteur

Le Bon-Pasteur is Rolland's family estate in Bordeaux. Join Michel Rolland and James Suckling as they compare notes on the '05 vintage.

Posted: May 25, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

And The Winner of the Paris Tasting 2006 Is...

Posted: May 24, 2006  By James Laube

Ridge Monte Bello 1971. It won first place at both the Napa and London tastings staged today. In second place was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973, which was the big winner the first time the comparative tasting of Cabernet-based wines from Bordeaux and California was held in Paris in 1976.

Video  :  Video Index

Rolland, part 1: Blending Experience with Passion

What does a consulting winemaker do? Michel Rolland can be described as influential, controversial, passionate and extremely busy. James Suckling, Wine Spectator senior editor, caught up with Michel to find out more about how he does his job.

Posted: May 24, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Latour 2005: Great Vintage, Great Terroir

But what made this dream vintage frustrating? Frederic Engerer, the president of Chåteau Latour, talks with Dana Nigro.

Posted: May 24, 2006  

News & Features  :  News

Pichon-Lalande and Hermès Explore an Alliance

Bordeaux second-growth is in negotiations with the fashion dynasty

Posted: May 10, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Family Goodbyes at Montrose and Pichon-Lalande

Posted: May 6, 2006  By James Suckling

LOS ANGELES – I had dinner last night at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Chinoise on Main for a vertical tasting of Trimbach Clos Ste.-Hune and Cuvée Frederic Emile. As good as the wines were, the most impressive part of the tasting was a short conversation I had with Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

No Faith or Fed Up?

Posted: May 2, 2006  By James Suckling

ROME -- I am boarding a plane from Rome to New York for the Wine Spectator Grand Tour tonight, and I just read James Hannan’s remark about Bordeaux. I am scratching my head a bit. I have the same idea about how Bordeaux represents relatively good value, even many of the top wines, and it doesn’t seem that many people understand this.

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