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For the first time in a few years, the three of us made the trip down to Bordeaux for Primeurs week. This is the week when merchants from all over the world come to visit the Chateaux to try barrel samples from the previous harvest prior to their release throughout late Spring and early Summer. The whole system of buying wines en primeur has faced scrutiny over recent years for various reasons, so everyone concerned is eager for a good campaign.

As always, there was much posturing from the Chateau owners and winemakers who profess that 2015 has produced and extraordinary w...