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Vintage Report: Bordeaux 2019

Vintage Report: Bordeaux 2019

Wednesday 27th May 2020
by Tom Jenkins

"Tout est Grand en 2019!"

These are the words of our dear friend, Denis Durantou, who passed away on the 14th of May this year. 2019 will be remembered by us as his last vintage in a spectacular career spanning four decades. Denis was always succinct because he had so much to do! Reviving the great L’Eglise Clinet, starting new projects, planting new vineyards, running a négociant business. He was a force of nature. It seems fitting to quote his analysis – it captures everything one needs to know using the absolute minimum number of characters… “There was water when it was needed from July to September, a rapid flowering, cool nights, colour change which varied according to the grape varieties but which was homogeneous overall, and a harvest in fine dry conditions. Everything is great in 2019!”

Bordeaux 2015: Beauties and the Beast

Bordeaux 2015: Beauties and the Beast

Saturday 10th March 2018
by Tom Jenkins

Not even the ‘Beast from the East’ could dampen spirits at our annual Bordeaux tasting. Our stoic growers packed their finest winter woollies and put on another great show.

The Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House played host for the 2015s, and for those, and there were many, who braved the snow, were treated to a spectacular selection from this luxurious vintage. There were star wines wherever you looked, the sumptuous Calon Segur proved that those who wrote off St Estephe were a little hasty – this was packed with charming sweet fruit and rippled with muscle. Domaine de Chevalier was gloriously decadent and polished, the Mouton brace of d’Armailhac and Clerc Milon were a sheer joy, brimming with lavish fruit, they are glorious expressions of this vintage.

Bordeaux 2017: A Problem of Perception

Bordeaux 2017: A Problem of Perception

Monday 12th February 2018
by Tom Jenkins

2017 is probably the most misunderstood and poorly represented vintage we can recall. Before a single grape had been picked, major broadsheets were taking swipes at the poor old '17s. 

It’s true, many vignerons were left heartbroken after the frost of the 27th of April. The unlucky ones had their entire crops wiped out, but in parallel with life itself, the most fortunate, through a mixture of toil and often just good luck, went unscathed. And for those who had a crop, there was everything to play for. But good news doesn’t sell newspapers; the pejorative voices of the press would rather declare this the ‘worst vintage since 1945’. Those who’ve tasted Mouton `45 are probably pricking their ears up… Negative terminology has created a huge misunderstanding. 2017 is a very simple vintage, it’s about the haves and have nots. You either have a crop, and judging by what we have tasted, it’s a very smart crop, or you have nothing, which is a travesty for many small growers. ‘Worst’ in terms of quantity, by all means, but don’t allow this sweeping statement to influence your view of the quality.

A memorable evening with Denis Durantou

A memorable evening with Denis Durantou

Wednesday 18th September 2013
by Tom Jenkins

Last night, we were privileged to welcome Denis Durantou to our St James's Street office. Denis generously provided nine magnums of his flagship wine, Eglise Clinet for our guests to drink - and drink we did - spitting was definitely not on anyone's agenda!

Denis explained that we would taste three flights each representing specific and important periods during the development of Eglise Clinet. After the devastating frosts of '56, much of Pomerol was re-planted, although there was not the same care and attention as to the choice of clones that we see today. As a result, Denis has undertaken a massive re-planting exercise during his tenure. The oldest flight ('88, '89 and '90) were produced from the vines planted in the 50s, the younger flights incorporate Denis' own plantings. The flights would paint the journey and progression of what is now one of the elite Pomerol estates.