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2014 En Primeur – Chateau Rollan de By

The vintage The vintage of 2014 experienced complicated beginnings, with a generally sullen summer. This cool, wet weather had a strong effect on the growing cycle of the vines and winemakers had to remain vigilant with their work in the vineyard for the majority of the early season. However, September brought with it an exceptional Indian summer that enveloped the ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou

The 2014 vintage The harvest took place over three weeks for Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien.  Each parcel was only picked when the berries had reached their optimum ripeness. The harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon began on 6th October and ended on the 15th. This occurred 120 days after the vines started to flower, compared to the 110 days which is ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Couvent des Jacobins

The 2014 Vintage While the 2014 vintage experienced a complicated June and July, which were marked by heavy rainfall and cool temperatures, it also benefited extraordinarily from an exceptional Indian summer. The warm and dry weather of September allowed the berries to reach optimal maturity. The result is a high quality 2014 vintage for Couvent des Jacobins after the difficult ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Lalande-Borie

Background Chateau Lalande-Borie was founded in 1970 by Jean-Eugène Borie who initially bought thirty hectares in the Saint-Julien appellation. Since its relatively recent inception, the estate has very quickly earned a reputation for high quality. The property is now managed by Bruno-Eugène Borie, who also runs Chateaux Ducru-Beaucaillou and Ducluzeau. Today, the vineyards of the estate are comprised of twenty-two ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Cheval Blanc

The vintage With complicated weather conditions during the spring and summer, the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux was miraculously saved due to the arrival of a beautiful Indian summer from mid-August to late October. This warm weather re-balanced the vintage and ensured the grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness. Background Chateau Cheval Blanc is classified as an ‘A’ First Grand Cru ... Read More »

2014 En Primeur – Chateau Kirwan

Background The vineyards of Chateau Kirwan lie on the plateau of Cantenac, overlooking the Garonne river. The richness of the Pyrenean gravel-base soil is quite typical of the Margaux appellation. The estate covers forty hectares, with the vineyards divided in forty-six plots. Chateau Kirwan strives to enhance the rich potential of its terroir, by adapting their viticultural methods to the ... Read More »

The 2015 Prosecco Masters

The Competition For the past two years The Drinks Business has conducted the Prosecco Masters competition. This is an opportunity for some of the top Prosecco producers to have their wines judged and evaluated by some of the industry’s most highly experienced tasters. It is run as a part of The Drinks Business series of Master events, which include competitions on ... Read More »