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Analysis: Pints fail to impress

Published:  19 January, 2024

The government’s decision to allow the use of imperial measures to sell wine has been met with a lukewarm reaction, finds James Bayley.


Government lauds ‘pint’-sized wine as Brexit benefit

Published:  02 January, 2024

The UK government has permitted the sale of ‘pint’ sized still and sparkling wine across supermarkets, pubs, clubs and restaurants.


Bordeaux 2022 best-ever recorded by Wine Lister

Published:  06 June, 2023

In part two of Wine Lister’s 2023 Bordeaux Study, the company has given the 2022 vintage the highest overall Wine Lister Quality score ever recorded, with 29 wines achieving scores of 980 or more in 2022, compared with just five in 2021.


Bordeaux 2022: Some like it hot

Published:  10 May, 2023

Harpers’ man in Bordeaux, Gavin Quinney of Château Bauduc, weighs up the 2022 vintage – and finds it could be one of the greats, though uneven.


Bordeaux 2022: The weather factor

Published:  11 April, 2023

With the world descending on the region to taste the latest vintage, here’s how the weather shaped the style of the wines. Gavin Quinney delivers part one of his annual report.


Bordeaux 2018 EP report & Gavin Quinney's Top 100

Published:  09 May, 2019

Gavin Quinney delivers his annual insights and scores (see below) on the Bordeaux 2018 vintage for a year he describes as “extraordinary”.


En primeur report: extraordinary and exceptional 2018 vintage

Published:  02 May, 2019

Gavin Quinney’s annual en primeur and vintage report for Harpers describes 2018 as “an exceptional vintage”, with the top red wines showing “extraordinary depth, opulence and intensity”.


Bordeaux hailstorms disastrous for some but minor impact compared to recent frost

Published:  29 May, 2018

The widely reported hailstorms in Bordeaux during the weekend have been estimated to have hit 3% badly in terms of surface, with a further 3% likely to have been affected on a lesser scale, according to the Bordeaux governing body CIVB.


Looking ahead: Gavin Quinney, owner and winemaker, Chateau Bauduc

Published:  29 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the trade - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.


Gavin Quinney: The en primeur results and wrap-up

Published:  03 May, 2016

After a marathon tasting, our resident Bordeaux correspondent Gavin Quinney assesses 2015 quality and where to look for value


Analysis: Gavin Quinney weighs in on the Bordeaux harvest 2015 and how the 'rule of five' may come into play

Published:  30 October, 2015

As the harvest draws to a close in Bordeaux, Gavin Quinney talks us through the early predictions and explains why the 'Bordeaux rule of five' is likely to come into play this year


Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict

Published:  12 May, 2015

There has been little incentive for consumers to buy Bordeaux en primeur in recent years. Can the chateaux turn that around? Our man on the ground, local winemaker Gavin Quinney, reviews the latest vintage:


En Primeur 2013 final verdict is "better than expected"

Published:  06 May, 2014

Gavin Quinney, owner and winemaker of Château Bauduc in Bordeaux, gives his definitive verdict on the 2013 en primeur campaign with his own detailed analysis of all the main Bordeaux chateaux wines, including his recommendations of what to buy now, what to age and what to avoid.


Gavin Quinney: Ups and downs of going for Gold

Published:  19 July, 2013

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Gavin Quinney columist

Published:  09 July, 2013