Primeurs in a pandemic

Empty bottles of 2020 bordeaux primeurs samples

Thoughts on trying to carry on as usual. Above, emptied bottles of bordeaux 2020 cask samples – each labelled with the date the sample was taken.

You may remember my scepticism this time last year about the logistics and wisdom of holding the 2019 campaign as usual. I had doubts about receiving samples last April when there was still so much uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus. We didn’t even know then whether it could be transmitted on objects. And we certainly didn’t know a tiny fraction of what we know now about how it was likely to spread. I was...