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Merlot — What You Should Know

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Forget old stereotypes. Merlot can make great wines, wines of balance with tannins, acidity, fruit and savoriness tugging at opposing corners to create a taut, exciting glass of red. Here's what you should know about Merlot

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A Taste of Pomerol's Chateau Lafleur with JJ Buckley

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Chateau Lafleur is one of the most-coveted wines of Bordeaux. The exceptional vineyard, is located in Pomerol, next to Chateau Petrus. It’s quite small, just over 11 acres, delivering high quality but low volume. The grand vin is a complex and long-aging, 50-50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. JJ Buckley recently hosted tastings of Chateau Lafleur wines in San Francisco at the city’s acclaimed La Folie restaurant with cellar master Omri Ram.

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2013 Bordeaux: Selling the Futures

by Chuck Hayward

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.

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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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