Beyond Bordeaux – 2023 releases

Zuccardi's Finca Canal Uco vineyard

A hard-nosed assessment of the Bordeaux trade's current attempt to widen its portfolio outside the Gironde. Above, Zuccardi's Finca Canal Uco vineyard, source of a particularly impressive Malbec.

September rings in the Place de Bordeaux’s releases of non-Bordeaux wines, as usual accompanied by a tasting known as Beyond Bordeaux hosted by negociant CVBG in London. I have written about this tasting before, and my views on the proliferation of wines on show and offered this way is unchanged. There must be a better way to offer these wines than bludgeoning collectors in a single month with what should be the...