Bordeaux En Primeur 2014 – The Words

We’ve been busy collecting all the comment & analysis from this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. And there’s been a LOT!  The bigger & bolder the words, the more they were used.

Full analysis to follow..




All press wordle


Trade wordle









We find them very interesting indeed..


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  • Calendar Month Ahead – May

    May should be renamed MOW. Month of Wine. Really.. It’s quite something.  Diaries are bursting at the seams with all sorts of titillating fare.  From the old world (Bordeaux is particularly well represented) to the new (2 Swartland-focused events on Thursday 14th); the experimental (Wine & Dim Sum pairings on Friday 15th) to our very own indigenous fare with ‘English Wine Week’ running from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st.  And speaking of weeks, May (sorry, MOW) is the season, funnily enough.  With London Wine Week (18th to 24th), London Wine Fair (18th to 20th) AND the aforementioned week of local produce, I challenge even the most diary-shy amongst us to go thirsty this month.

    As if the weeks in themselves weren’t enough of a palate-prod, they also mean a whole wealth of wine talent in the UK, from far, wide & closer to home.  This influx, coupled with the collaborative spirit of the weeks (if in doubt see the line-up of organisations, growers & bars/restaurants involved in London Wine Week!), make for a very exciting melting pot.  A time for tasting, meeting & sharing ideas; where consumers & the trade can come together.  We’re excited. (And thirsty..)


    Tuesday 5th
    Jura Wine Tasting
    Westminster Boating Base, SW1V

    Thursday 7th
    Bordeaux & Rhone Tasting
    South London Wine School; The Mitre Greenwich


    Friday 8th
    Australian & New Zealand Wine Tasting
    Nicholls & Perks, DY8 1TA


    Saturday 9th
    Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter 2005, 2009, 2010
    Landmark Hotel, London

    World of Wine Taste Experience Day
    London, Cambridge Manchester, Edinburgh


    Tuesday 12th
    30-50 Wine Tasting, Leicester
    Hotel Maiyango, Leicester

    The Wines of Hiersch & Loco
    Roberson Wines W14 8NS


    Wednesday 13th
    Classic Wine Dinner
    Rhubarb, Prestonfield House Hotel Edinburgh EH16 5UT

    It’s Ghana be Grape!
    King & Co Pub, Clapham SW4


    Thursday 14th
    Mullineux Swartland Tasting
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7

     Swartland Dinner
    Fulham Wine Rooms, SW6


    Friday 15th
    Wine & Chocolate Masterclass
    Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, EH2

    Grenache/Garnarcha Seminar
    Institute of Fine Wines, EC2V 6BR

    Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
    Frizzante, Hackney E2

    Scoff & Quaff (Wine & Dim Sum)
    School of Wok, Chandos Place W1


    Saturday 16th
    30-50 Wine Tasting, Bristol
    Jamie’s Italian, Bristol

    Introduction to Bordeaux & Burgundy
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7
    Sunday 17th
    Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
    Frizzante, Hackney E2


    Monday 18th – Sunday 24th
    London Wine Week
    All over London

    Monday 18th –  Wednesday 20th
    London Wine Fair
    Kensington Olympia

    Monday 18th
    Chateau de’Angludet Vertical 1995 – 2005
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
    Harpenden Public Halls, Herfordshire AL5


    Tuesday 19th
    Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
    The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV22


    Wednesday 20th
    Fine Wine Loire: Domaine Huet Vouvray Tasting
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    The Lawn Club, Celebrity Cruises (Tasting)
    The White Space, WC2H


    Thursday 21st
    Taste of Scotland Masterclass
    Abode Hotel, Glasgow


    Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st
    English Wine Week
    All over UK (but predominantly SW & SE!)

    Hanwell Wine Estate Open Day
    Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Mowbray


    Thursday 28th May
    South West Vineyards Wine Tasting & Dinner
    Bordeaux Quay, Bristol


    Friday 29th May
    Chardonnay Grape Debate
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    English Wines with Nancy Gilchrist
    Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells, TN1

    Saturday 30th May
    30-50 Tasting
    Brasserie Blanc, London SE1

    Introduction to Old World Wines
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7





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  • Wine Words 5

    This week 2 very different descriptors, one specific & one general.. both equally as delicious.  If you find yourself using them to describe a wine, the likelihood is that you’ll want more of the stuff!


    Lushness | lʌʃ ‘nəs |

    Referring to pretty much everything, rich, generous & juicy.. lushness suggest a wine that coats your mouth, both with flavour & texture. An indulgent gift that keeps on giving.

    Like: Black Forest gâteau

    For example: “This 100% Merlot cuvee has put on weight since I tasted it last year. It reveals a beautiful, exotic, coffee bean, sweet cherry, and cassis-scented bouquet as well as superb charm, lushness, and fruit. Reminiscent of a lighter-weight Le Pin, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for a decade. It will not make old bones.”

    Robert Parker reviewing Certan Mazelle 2004


    Toast | təʊst |

    Refers to a very particular taste & smell – often used & yet not always fully understood; toast the nutty & warm smell that you get from grains crisping up – gently warms the back of your palate; familiar & more’ish.

    Like: Toasted seeds

    For example: “Atypically opulent, flamboyant, and extravagantly rich for a 2006, this tiny garagiste operation has fashioned a gorgeously sexy 2006 boasting sweet creme de cassis notes intermixed with kirsch, coffee, and subtle smoked herb and toast characteristics in the background. Full-bodied, round, and delicious, it is impossible to resist, so enjoy it over the next 8-10 years. Great value.”

    Robert Parker reviewing Croix de Labrie 2006


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