Category Archives: Bordeaux

A Bordeaux Futures Primer

What are Bordeaux futures? We are now in the midst of the 2010 Bordeaux futures campaign. It began in mid-April and will continue until June, 2011. The futures or “en primeur” market for Bordeaux is a relatively recent development of … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Three, Noon ‘til the edge of darkness

Bordeaux Day Three, March 29th, Part Two Our first stop in Pessac-Léognan, the heart of the Graves region by the city of Bordeaux, was Smith Haut-Lafitte. This is a terrific estate sustained by the passion of its owners, Daniel and … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Three, The Right Bank and Graves

Bordeaux Day Three, March 29th from dawn until noon With our tight schedule, we were limited two just five châteaux on the Right Bank; two in Pomerol, three in neighboring Saint-Emilion which is one of France’s most beautiful wine towns. … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Two, Château Palmer and Beyond

Bordeaux Day Two, March 28th   After lunch at Angludet, we motored over to Chateau Palmer, which is jointly owned by the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families. Palmer is a beautiful château. Although classified as a third growth of Margaux, Palmer … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Two, mornin’ to lunch

We awoke early, ready to roll at 7:00 a.m. This was to be one of our toughest appointment-packed days – over 14 Chateaux to visit by 6:15 p.m. That meant, with a nearly two-hour lunch (sorry, it’s the habit of … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day One

We arrived in Paris on Sunday morning, March 27th, at 9:30 a.m. (or 12:30 a.m. our body time). We immediately got our rental car and drove 7 hours to Bordeaux, arriving atMaison Sichel’s offices at nearly 6:00 p.m. Up nearly … Continue reading

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Amazing Bordeaux 2008 Vintage Tasting in San Francisco

I flew into San Francisco last for an intensive tasting of top Bordeaux from the 2008 vintage. The Union of Grand Cru de Bordeaux put on this tasting of 100 top estates. It’s almost easier to list who wasn’t there: all … Continue reading

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An unforgettable trip to Bordeaux

  Recently, I had the great good fortune to take the trip of a lifetime, to Bordeaux on a private jet – a Gulfstream G4.The trip was courtesy of a wine-loving billionaire who invited 10 wine professionals from around the … Continue reading

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