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A Date With Derenoncourt

by Chuck Hayward

It was just a year ago when I left my previous job to join the staff at JJ Buckley, and I knew from the outset that I would get a quick introduction to the world of Bordeaux. I knew the basics: the blends, the properties, the appellations. And I knew the names of the major and minor players. But, did I really?

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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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The day of reckoning!

by Chuck Hayward

This is my first trip to Bordeaux and in preparation I had asked my colleagues for some idea of what to expect. Their response - get ready to not sleep all week because this will be intense. I'm a relatively new parent so I thought I had the no sleeping thing down pat. As for intensity, how hard could it be to taste wine all day? This is what I've dreamed about even before I got into the industry.

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