Category Archives: Bordeaux

70s Bordeaux: Affordable, Approachable, and Delicious

70s Bordeaux: Affordable, Approachable, and Delicious

There is a great consignment of 70s Bordeaux in the January internet auction. We tasted through a few bottles at the office a couple of weeks ago. The wines are fantastic! I love drinking Bordeaux from the 70s. Every time I open a bottle, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. There are a number of appealing factors. First and foremost, the wines are delicious. They are also affordable, approachable, and offer a different perspective on Bordeaux than what many of us are accustomed to.

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The 70s wines are restrained and ready to drink. These are not behemoths that leave you reaching for a piece of bread. They show well right when the cork is popped, but will continue to develop over the course of the day. We opened ’70 Les Forts de Latour here at the office around 2pm. It was a favorite during the tasting, and I brought the rest to dinner that evening. It was still going strong at 7pm. In fact, it was better – especially with food!

I suggest careful review of lots 1 – 100 in our upcoming auction. Other favorites include ’78 Pichon Lalande and ’75 Latour.

Largest Bordeaux Auction in the World Brings in over $6.3 Million with 100% of Lots Sold

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. saw record breaking results at its annual Celebration of Bordeaux auction this weekend with a total of over $6.3 million in sales against pre-sale estimates of $4.4 – $6.7 million. Hundreds of bidders from around the globe participated and their aggressive bids drove more than 80% of the 1992 lotsContinue Reading

Let Me Be Direct: Château-Direct Consignments

Let Me Be Direct: Château-Direct Consignments

The words provenance and storage are probably the two most important words we use at Hart Davis Hart. They are so closely tied together around our offices that they are almost one word. Provenanceandstorage.  When Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is deciding whether to offer wine for sale, the provenance and storage are the firstContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Musings on White Bordeaux

Juicy Details with David Larson: Musings on White Bordeaux

So I tend to preface many of my posts with something being “one of my favorite __________”. This post  is going to be a bit different in that it is about a wine that is NOT among my favorites - namely white Bordeaux. It is pretty far down my list of white wines, below the likesContinue Reading

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Announces Exciting Two-Day Auction on May 15 & 16 with Wines Spanning the World’s Top Regions

Featuring Highly-Sought California Cult Wines, Classic Bordeaux & Champagne Direct from the Cellars of Krug (April 23, 2015—Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wineauction house and retailer, will hold An Auction of Finest & Rarest Wines on May 15-16 at the award-winning TRU restaurant in Chicago. This exceptional two-day sale will offer old-Continue Reading

Union Grand Crus Bordeaux Recap

I had the good fortune to travel to Bordeaux two years ago to taste 100′s of 2012′s from barrel during En Primeur week.  Most of the wine pundits’ reviews of the 2012 vintage were pretty poor so, as I made my way from Château to Château tasting through their efforts from barrel, I was pleasantlyContinue Reading

Lynch Bages Dinner Recap

Lynch Bages Dinner Recap

The Blizzard of 2015 wreaked havoc with many a Bordeaux winemakers plans this week. Each year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux brings a number of the leading lights from the major Chateaux to the US for a series of tastings highlighting the newly released vintage of their wines. Among them is Kinou Cazes-Hachemian, theContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Pavie

In 1998, when Gérard Perse purchased Château Pavie, the estate and modern winemaking in Bordeaux were changed forever. A polarizing figure, Perse committed an immense amount of time and capital into modernizing the Château and instilled vigorous pruning and selection processes that dropped the yield from about 55 hL/h to around 30 hL/h. Famed consultantContinue Reading

LA Comparative Bordeaux Tasting Recap

LA Comparative Bordeaux Tasting Recap

Last Thursday, a group of us escaped chilly Chicago to host a Comparative Bordeaux Tasting at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. The tasting compared the 1995 and 1996 vintages, both of which are drinking beautifully right now. The evening was a truly special opportunity to taste these two highly rated vintages side-by-side. The 1995sContinue Reading

Birth Year Vintage Wines

There is a fine line where rare bottles can both be a novelty and an incredible experience- we have been fortunate to walk it. The excitement of pulling the cork on a bottle from a birth vintage is unparalleled to any wine lover. We have been privileged to share some wonderful bottles with friends andContinue Reading

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