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When Sleep Deprived & Parched, There's No Place Like Domaine de Chevalier

by Chuck Hayward

While my colleagues from the south may be able to cope with the temps in Bordeaux this week, 80 degrees is roasting for this northern California guy. Couple that with tasting 50-100+ wines in a day and the insanity of Bordeaux rush hour traffic, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, we wound up at Domaine de Chevalier for dinner, which would turn out to be one of my most memorable experiences in Bordeaux.

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Cos d'Estournel: I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore

by Chuck Hayward

During En Primeurs, Bordeaux is extremely busy (picture restaurants with people spilling out the doors and cars bumper to bumper on the roads), and appointments are an absolute must. In fact, as many as a thousand or more visit requests may have to be denied by a prominent chateau, as Cos d’Estournel director Jean-Guillaume Prats told us on Monday. Luckily, we made the cut.

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Under Pressure

by Chuck Hayward

When I heard that we would be visiting Jeffrey Davies this week to taste through a slew of 2010 Right Bank wines, I was thrilled at the opportunity to reconnect. Two years ago, just before I left for France to work the 2009 harvest at La Confession, I met him in San Francisco. After dinner he told me I would have fun and learn a lot and then offered me a taste of 1928 d’Yquem. What an introduction!

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JJ Buckley Takes On 2010 En Primeurs

by Chuck Hayward

With the entire JJ Buckley team finally assembled in Bordeaux, we’ve begun our first forays into discerning the potential of the 2010 harvest. We came to Bordeaux to make our own assessments, but without blindfolds and earplugs… it’s hard to look at the new vintage without being affected by early coverage from the front.

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Breaking the Brunello Code

by Chuck Hayward

Kicking it into high gear, the JJ Buckley wine staff just booked tickets to Europe for a slew of spring tastings. The plan is to delve into the 2009 vintage in Burgundy, followed by our annual visit to Bordeaux for en primeurs where we will get our first look at the 2010 vintage. Directly after, a few of the staff will jet over to Verona to attend VinItaly and take an extensive look at the newly released 2006 Brunelli.

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