Wine News 

May 9, 2016

Photo:  Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA

Mouton Cadet is one of Bordeaux's most recognizable brands, and at 86 years old one of its longest running.

This week it heads to the Cannes Film Festival, where the wine will be served at a specially-designed rooftop bar to mark the 25th anniversary of its association with the event. 

I spoke recently in the Medoc with Hugues Lechanoine, managing director for brands at Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and asked him about the strategy for the label.


Click here for a link to my Bloomberg News article.  

April 27, 2016

Sotheby's Hong Kong is planning to offer wines from Chateau Palmer spanning 87 vintages back to 1928 at an auction in Hong Kong on June 4.

The wines will be sourced direct from the chateau as well as from the cellars of Maison Maehler-Besse and Franck Maehler-Besse, according to an e-mailed statement from Sotheby's. Palmer is ranked a third-growth wine estate from the Margaux region of the Medoc, north of Bordeaux, in the 1855 classification. 

April 5, 2016

The quality of the 2015 vintage at Chateau Montrose, a Saint Estephe estate owned by French construction and media magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, is close to that of the 2010 that constitutes a reference point of excellence for the chateau, according to Chief Executive Officer Herve Berland.


"The 2010 was a benchmark for the property," he said during tastings at the Medoc second-growth chateau overlooking the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux.


While 2010 was a touch austere, in 2015 "there was a little of that side as well," Berland said. "It's not spontaneous."


"If you compare 2015 to 2010, we are very close," he said.

April 5, 2016

 The 2015 vintage at Chateau Lafite Rothschild has parallels with the memorable 1996 wines in the Medoc, according to the estate's technical director Eric Kohler.


"There was very great purity in 1996," he said today in the chateau's tasting room, its panoramic windows looking north from Lafite's Pauillac vineyard toward Chateau Cos d' Estournel and other Saint Estephe neighbors.


Last year, "when the rain arrived in September, the grapes were very ripe and the vines were at the end of their cycle," he said.  


While the grapes had little dilution as a result of the late rain, it did affect fruit at the margins of production, and only about 40 percent of the harvest went into the main Lafite wine, compared with 45 or 50 percent in some recent years. 


Kohler, asked about comparisons with recent great vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010, preferred to look back further, and saw echoes of 2001, a vintage which had matured well even if overshadowed by the 2000 millennial wines that preceded it.


"I'd put it between 2001 and 1996," he said.

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