Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lets review the situation

The vineyard is getting it’s first pruning and flowering of the Merlots is almost over. The humid weather and constant rain are making Christophe Lardière et Guillaume Quérons’ teams stressed and tired.
Who’s talking about global warming?

The En Primeur campaign is winding down. As far as we’re concerned, we still have a dozen chateaux, then we’ll review the results.

In the meantime, Xavier and Christian are in the USA to promote our wines and the properties I am the consultant for. The USA is becoming one our biggest markets, despite the Euro/Dollar exchange rate.

In the Grand Jury Européen tasting of the 2004 vintage and the Cercle des Grands Vins de Rive Droite, Haut Carles stood out as well as Fleur Cardinale and Commanderie de Mazeyres. It certainly feels better than getting a kick in the…

In response to Eric Varache who inquired about the sales strategy for Bad Boy, the wine is already available for the world and response is very good. In Paris, the wine is on the list of Pavillon Ledoyen, thanks to the sommelier’s enthusiasm. It is also sold at La Maison Millésimes, boulevard Saint Germain and of course, in Saint Emilion, in L’essentiel for 15 Euros.
The wine is also available in the wine fairs of Auchan who were enthusiastic with this cuvée.
It is also sold in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.

And again, the comment in the Nouvel Observateur :
BORDEAUX Bad Boy 2005
The critic Robert Parker, his American accomplice, calls Jean-Luc Thunevin «Bad Boy». It is a fact that Bordeaux « enfant terrible » loves provocation. This 100% Merlot, dense and concentrated, aged in 100% new barrels, is only part of the first stage of a vin de pays de France cuvée with 70% Merlot and 30% Grenache. “I am not afraid to look silly in front of people who taste wine like scientists” says the founder of garage wines, sure of his success. To be continued.
- 15 Euros
33330 Saint-Emilion
Tél. : 05 57 55 09 13

Yesterday, Murielle and I drank a sample of Troplong Mondot 2007. A pure delight ! How do they do to be so good in 2007 ?

Château Belair, 1er grand cru classé B, was just bought by Christian Moueix.

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