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

by Chuck Hayward

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.

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Looking for Signs at Feytit Clinet

by Chuck Hayward

One of the advantages of spending a full week in Bordeaux at en primeur is the luxury one has to get to know a wine. Any other time of year, that would come through a winery visit, hanging out with the owner or winemaker, kicking the dirt, tasting through some barrel samples or older vintages.

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It Is Easy Being Green For Helene Garcin-Leveque

by Chuck Hayward

It was our third day of 'official' en primeur activities, and I couldn't have been more excited about our visit with the ever-lovely and always gracious Helene Garcin-Leveque, who, along with her mother Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard, are the proprietors of Chateau Barde-Haut.

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2009 JJ Buckley Bordeaux Report

by Chuck Hayward

We visit Bordeaux every year in March to taste the new releases, or en primeur, but even before we booked our tickets we knew this trip would be different. For one, after years of flying under the radar, JJ Buckley was the talk of Bordeaux. Representatives of the trade from across the globe stopped to say hello. Wine journalists also sought out our opinions and observations.

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What is this all about?

by Chuck Hayward

The official term is “En Primeur” – buying wines at initial offering price well before it is actually bottled.

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