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Pontet-Canet ‘Saddles-Up’ in 2012


In a variable vintage like 2012, it’s often hard to find consensus on which appellations and wines showed best. Our first official day tasting up and down the Haut Medoc proved no different, with some very spirited debates regarding the success of several big name properties. One estate that proved incapable of rousing much controversy, however, was Pontet-Canet.

We’re off to Bordeaux for En Primeur/Better Check the Weather (in 2012!)


Once again, the beginning of April finds us at JJ Buckley finalizing our plans to visit Bordeaux and participate in the annual en primeurtastings. In our seventh visit to the region, we’ll do what we do best – taste the latest vintage and enable our buyers and fine wine specialists to discover first-hand how these young wines fare. Our schedule is full of visits to wineries and negociants and we’ll be adding on a day of educational seminars to get an even more in-depth understanding about Bordeaux.

The Grape Varieties of White Bordeaux


A number of grapes are blended to make white Bordeaux, some well-known and others less so. Here's a brief overlook at the varietals that can be found in these exciting wines.

2013 Bordeaux: Selling the Futures


The 2013 Bordeaux futures campaign showed once again that each year's sales efforts has its own personality. As the Union des Grand Crus tastings approached, the en primeur sales period turned out to be a series of unique events that no one could have predicted.

First Growths First – Assessing 2012 Bordeaux


There can be no better way to dive into the long grind that is en primeur week in Bordeaux than to drive up and down the D2 highway on the Left Bank of the Medoc. Popping in and out of the parking lots and drawing rooms of some of the wine world’s most prestigious properties can be quite a ‘tough job’, but it’s all in the hope of finding the real story behind the latest vintage.

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