stack of papersLoyal readers might have noticed a precipitous drop in postings on this blog recently. If you know my day job you know why—mountains of student essays to read at the end of the semester.

So blogging will remain very light for two weeks until I’ve consumed these pearls of wisdom sitting on my desk.

But I couldn’t resist mentioning this bit of news. I’ve been complaining that Bordeaux has shot itself in the foot by overcharging for wine or selling plonk that isn’t worth drinking.

Here is Jancis Robinson reporting on the 2013 en primeur campaign in Bordeaux:

Here’s what the biggest fine-wine traders Farr Vintners, based in London and Hong Kong, circulated yesterday as their ‘last word on the 2013 Bordeaux primeurs campaign’. The bolding is mine:

And so, 2013 en primeur staggers to an end, collapsing in a heap just before the finish line. Farr Vintners has endured its smallest en primeur campaign since the 1997 vintage – made worse, no doubt, by our refusal to promote wines that we felt were over-priced and low in quality. However, we have sold over 900 cases of the remarkably good wines made by Denis Durantou [of Église-Clinet in Pomerol etc – JR], decent quantities of Lynch Bages and Domaine de Chevalier and very little else. The Bordeaux wine trade has once gain shot itself in the foot as most proprietors have failed to listen to their customers and have released mediocre wines to an uninterested clientele at the wrong prices

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose