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Port Is For Life: Symington Vintage & Tawny Ports (Dec 2018)

The 1963 Graham’s Vintage Port is mature in colour, with wide bricking on the rim and a mahogany core. It has an elegant, almost understated bouquet for a 1963, presenting scents of eucalyptus, antique bureau, clove and Chinese five-spice, all beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced, silky smooth in texture and spiced with…

Bordeaux at the Crossroads: 2023 En Primeur (April 2024)

The 2023 Baron de Brane offers up dark-fleshed fruit, new leather, tobacco and incense. There’s a touch more Cabernet Sauvignon than in most years, and the Merlot was saignéed. All of these elements yield an attractive wine that is still coming together. Today, the Baron is a bit of a bruiser.

The Dalmatian Vintage: Bordeaux 2023 (Apr 2024)

The 2023 Baron de Brane is well-defined on the nose with black cherries, wild mint and pencil box scents that are nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a grippy entry. There’s backbone on this Deuxième Vin, quite feisty on the finish with decent length.

Bordeaux at the Crossroads: 2023 En Primeur (April 2024)

The 2023 Baron de Brane offers up dark-fleshed fruit, new leather, tobacco and incense. There’s a touch more Cabernet Sauvignon than in most years, and the Merlot was saignéed. All of these elements yield an attractive wine that is still coming together. Today, the Baron is a bit of a bruiser.

The Dalmatian Vintage: Bordeaux 2023 (Apr 2024)

The 2023 Baron de Brane is well-defined on the nose with black cherries, wild mint and pencil box scents that are nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a grippy entry. There’s backbone on this Deuxième Vin, quite feisty on the finish with decent length.

Bordeaux at the Crossroads: 2023 En Primeur (April 2024)

The 2023 Brane-Cantenac is a sensual, silky wine. There’s plenty of depth and structure behind that, but the first impression is most definitely one of elegance. Crushed flowers, spice and dried herbs meld into a core of super-expressive, dark, red-toned fruit. The 100% new oak is impeccably balanced within the wine’s frame. Brane-Cantenac remains one…