Some snippets of Bordeaux news, seen on the web, that I thought were interesting. I’ve also included a couple of links to Google Maps so you can see the Bordeaux estates in question.
Yes, the Barton family have bought another chateau, and with the appending of their name to that of Mauvesin we will soon have three Barton properties to choose from. OK, so being some distance from St Julien (the property is located near Castelnau-en-Médoc, and the vineyards largely have the Moulis appellation, although some are Haut-Médoc) this might not offer the same kick as the wines of Langoa and Léoville, but it is certainly one to watch. Having taken possession this year, the chai has been re-equipped with new stainless steel fermentation equipment, and the 2011 harvest is already underway.
The news has made it into several publications (Liv-Ex, Jancis Robinson) but it originated with Gavin Quinney, who only heard of the acquisition during polite conversation with Lilian Barton. Apparently, the previous owner wanted to keep the deal (agreed in August) under wraps until finalised.
New Cellars at Le Pin
The ony good thing about high prices is that Bordeaux proprietors can at least invest in their facilities and vineyards. At Le Pin, this means knocking down the old house that overlooked the vineyards and replacing it with a modern facility designed by Belgian architect Paul Robbrecht (the Thienpont family are Belgian of course, so perhaps an obvious choice).
I’m due to fly out to Bordeaux in a couple of weeks but unfortunately I have no free time in my itinerary so I doubt very much I will be able to take a look at the new buildings. Happily, there are some images online, in a new article in Drinks Business by Rupert Millar who, unless I am very much mistaken, I met at the Roederer awards last week.