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Re-branding Laville to La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc

February 26, 2010

Some thought it was a good idea, making it clear that Laville was the white wine of La Mission Haut-Brion while others were sorry to see an old name disappear from Bordeaux. Re-branding a well established wine brand is usually a very well thought out decision. In the case of Château Laville Haut-Brion, both names […]

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Tasting and Branding

November 9, 2009

Last week I was invited to the “Panorama” Tasting of the on line store on Sauternes and Barsac. I was privileged enough to taste château d’Yquem 1998, 2002 and 2005, Château Climens 1998, Château Rieussec 1997, Château Rabaud-Promis 1997, Château Coutet 1998 and 2004, château de Fargues 1996 and 1997. Many others were presentend […]

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VinTank’s New Report on iPhone Apps

October 7, 2009

As usual, a report by VinTank creates a lot of interest amongst wine aficionados and tech people. Good iPhone apps in the wine business are not that easy to find. VinTank’s report is of great help to the wine consumer: Paul Mabray went through all the hard work of buying the apps, and creating various […]

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New name, new bottle, new label, new wine?

August 11, 2009

Second wines of classified growths have sometimes a hard time to have a life of their own and to be recognized by the consumers as high-quality wines. That’s why the story of the second wine of the famed Château Haut-Brion is so intriguing. For many years, the second wine of Château Haut-Brion was named after […]

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A few thoughts on the Bordeaux En Primeurs price releases

March 1, 2009

The Bordeaux chateaux heard the requests and the pleas of the trade. The 2008 prices went down by about 40% for most estates. However there are a few significant exceptions. La Mission Haut-Brion came out at 110 euros and Haut-Brion at 150 euros – well above the four other First (Mouton, Latour, Laffite and Margaux […]

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Wendy Narby: Bordeaux is very innovative

February 11, 2009

Wendy Narby is one of the best representatives of the links between Britain and Bordeaux. She moved to Bordeaux about 20 years ago and is now one of the best specialists of the Bordeaux wines, acting as a consultant, a teacher and a guide. She came to France in the ’80s to study wine marketing […]

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Is wine an investment?

December 19, 2008

A few months ago, an article on wine as investment in Decanter Magazine raised all hell between pro- and con wine investors. Today, the subject is back on Bloomberg under the title: “Fine-Wine Investors Raise a Glass as Petrus, Margaux Lure Fund”. Robert Lench, manager of the Vinum Fine Wine Fund in Guernsey off the […]

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Clarendelle tasting in Paris

November 28, 2008

Last Tuesday, I had the privilege of presenting Wine Brands at the WH Smith bookstore in Paris. besides listening to my blurb on the book, the attendants had the pleasure to taste one of my very favorite wine brand, Clarendelle in two colors and vintages: 2003 Clarendelle Red and 2005 Clarendelle white. Not familiar with […]

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Love Bordeaux wines? Go to

October 28, 2008

Every year, Fall brings back on bookstores’ shelves a dozen of wine guides. We all have our favorite guide – for whatever reason: notation system, style, choice of wines, etc. To be totally frank, I got really bored with guides over the years and I don’t buy any of them anymore. Why? Tasting is a […]

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The 87 Top Bordeaux Chateaux gathering in Washington DC

October 7, 2008

Each of the 61 chateaux listed in the historic 1855 Medoc classification and all 26 chateaux listed in the 1855 Sauternes classification will donate a bottle of their remarkable 2003 vintage to compose the most amazing wine collection. This wine collection will be auctioned at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Washington DC to the benefit […]

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