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Vintage Reports

Each time we release the wines of a new vintage, we assess the conditions and factors which have shaped the wines of that year. We draw on first hand commentary from leading growers in the region which we gather during our regional visits. Such trips allow us to better understand the merits of a vintage which we then relay to our clients. Drawing on our own tasting experience, we compare to previous vintages and advise on the longevity and quality of the wines produced. 


Bordeaux 2011

We are preparing to head to Bordeaux for the 2011 Primeurs tastings. We prefer to keep an open mind until will have tasted for ourselves, but the murmurings have already begun. At a recent Château Margaux seminar in London, Paul Pontallier,...

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Southern Rhône 2010

The Southern Rhône has enjoyed an enviable run of vintages, as we commented when we released the impressive 2009s late last year. And 2010 is not about the break the cycle. Indeed it has the potential to be one of the very best vintages of the last 20 years...

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Burgundy 2010

I recall a time when cold winters were seen to offer vines the chance to regenerate after the productivity of harvest. Yet the dramatic cold temperatures witnessed in the run up to the New Year 2010 were welcomed by few. Where frost pockets fell...

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Bordeaux 2010

On paper, 2010 has all the attributes of a great vintage; after all, its analyses at so many châteaux bore a striking resemblance to those of the 2009s. In terms of IPT (a measure of tannin concentration), alcohol, acidity and pH, there were startling...

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Southern Rhône 2009

There is no secret to the 2009 vintage in the Rhone Valley. Its success can be attributed to two factors.  Firstly the morale of the producers in the region was very high – with such a succession of fine vintages over the course of the last ten years,...

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Burgundy 2009

In 2009, in Burgundy, the weather was so favourable that it elicited the above quote from Laurent Ponsot.  When we visited, and tasted from his impeccable range of 2009s, he stressed that there was so little remedial work required in the vineyards,...

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Atlas Fine Wines Ltd. 

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