1st Cru Classe, 1855
There are two clear stylistic camps for the Bordeaux 2014 vintage in Pessac-Léognan and Graves, writes Jane Anson, who offers her first general impression of the wines before rating them for Decanter.
[Jane Anson] In theory, the first tranche is the most alluring aspect of the whole system, in fact the very point of its existence for wine lovers; a good price as a reward for paying upfront for bottles that won’t be delivered for two years.
[Jane Anson] ‘Pruning is the longest, hardest job of the year,’ says Dider Vallade, chef de culture at Château Angélus in Saint Emilion.
[Jane Anson] What the UGC doesn't need, it is fair to say, are three of their biggest draws announcing that they are taking their wines out of the communal tastings.
[Jane Anson] What do you learn from tasting a 100 year vertical of a château from an appellation like Margaux?
[Jane Anson] Certainly it’s hard not to feel cheerful about the idea of more disposable income for families to spend on other things. But will it provide the wine market with the stimulus that it clearly needs?
Chateau Preuillac has become the latest Bordeaux wine property acquired by a Chinese investor, after its owner families decided to sell following two difficult vintages.
[Jane Anson] The problem, increasingly, is that one of them is getting column inches for all the wrong reasons.
[Jane Anson] Brokering is a business that dates back almost 900 years to when Bordeaux was a duchy of the English crown, and a need developed for local men to act as liaison between those producing the wine and those selling it.