En Primeur

  • Lafaurie Peyraguey owner on lookout for more vineyards

    …The new owner of Lafaurie Peyraguey in Sauternes is keen to buy more prime vineyard sites in the area, but will relinquish lesser terroirs held by the estate as part of a long-term reform plan. Silvio Denz held a reception at Lafaurie-Peyraguey during this year's en primeur tasting week for the 2013 vintageSilvio Denz told Decanter.com that he…

    10 readers - Decanter
  • 2009 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, South Africa – first taste

    … 2009 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, South Africa Klein Constantia winemaker Matt Day was in town this week and he kindly showed me a pre-release screening of the spectacular 2009 VdC. It is due on the shelves in mid-November after a brief ‘fine wine merchants only’ en primeur release period. Having said this, I wonder whether any physical…

    5 readers - Matthew Jukes
  • Burgundy 2014: September heatwave set to save vintage

    … Extraordinary September weather may have rescued the 2014 Burgundy wine harvest from disaster, ripening 'intensely aromatic' whites and 'concentrated' reds. Pinot Noir grapes on the Corton Hill on 4 September. Image credit: BIVB Devastating hailstorms earlier this year left vignerons gloomy about the prospects for 2014. Up to 40% of the vines…

    4 readers - Decanter
  • The Grande Dame of Pauillac

    …. The event itself was every bit as stylish as that dinner in 2003, although there were no opera stars this time, but our host was far from her usual, attention-commanding self. That was the last time I saw Philippine. She wasn’t at the château when I went to taste the 2013 vintage en primeur – a year that showed Mouton at its best in a tricky year…

    6 readers - Tim Atkin MW