After four years of not buying, U.S. Bordeaux buyers appear to be back on track according to Philippe Larche, sales director for Bordeaux negociant Vintex. The growing reputation of the 2014 vintage is helping fuel the return, along with a stronger U.S. dollar.
With growers feeling the pressure from past seasons, a lot is riding on the new 2014 vintages. The prospect of increased demand from U.S. consumers is welcome news as many wines from the past five vintages now cost less now than when released en primeur. This year is also the first year that Robert Parker will not be scoring Bordeaux en primeur wines, so it remains to be seen what impact that will have.
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