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A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

One of the most traditional aspects of the wine trade is the annual phenomenon that is a Bordeaux en primeur campaign. I’m coming to the end of my eleventh en primeur vintage so I ought to have enough experience to share some insights into the rather peculiar aspect of the life of a wine merchant. … Continued


2018 – The Goldilocks vintage

2018 – The Goldilocks vintage

“Not too little, not too much…just right.” The global wine-trade descends upon Bordeaux every April, armed with the familiar cliché, “Can you compare this to another vintage?” 2018 is a unique vintage, Bordeaux has rarely, if ever, seen such extremes of cold and rain during the first half of the year, followed by a seemingly … Continued


2017 Burgundy En Primeur

2017 Burgundy En Primeur

Founded in 1891, The Caledonian Club is known as a little bit of Scotland in the heart of London. It’s also a stone’s throw away from our shops in Belgravia and Knightsbridge, making it an excellent location for our annual Burgundy En Primeur tasting. Whilst the Scots were busy setting up their 19th Century enclave, … Continued


2017 Bordeaux: Our Thoughts on the Vintage and What to Expect

2017 Bordeaux: Our Thoughts on the Vintage and What to Expect

“It’s certainly the best vintage ending in 7 since the famous 1947” Emmanuel Cruse, Grand Maitre of the Commanderie du Bontemps, Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac. Reading the above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that tongue was firmly in cheek, given the modest reputation of many of the 20th Century vintages ending in seven. 2017 is … Continued


Burgundy 2016: We Need to Talk About Frost

Burgundy 2016: We Need to Talk About Frost

If the British love to talk about the weather, the Burgundians will fervently hope that they never need speak of it again in such terms as the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. There is nothing so capricious as nature, and having virtually taken 2015 off during the easiest growing season in living memory, the weather struck … Continued