Bordeaux Babble in a Nutshell… The Antidote to Bordeaux En-primeur…

It’s old but it’s still very very funny at this time of year, doing the annual pilgrimage to Bordeaux. So, having spent a week in Bordeaux, having gums assailed by giant tannins, somebody has finally got to grips with some basic French…. enjoy! 


French: A good year

Translation: a bad year


French: A classic year 

Translation: most of the wines are undrinkable


French: A Parker wine

Translation: lucky bastards


French: an elegant wine

Translation: a wine with no fruit


French: a wine with great structure

Translation: a wine with ferocious (probably unripe) tannins

French: A vintage for the purist

Translation: please buy my wine – somebody, anybody…


French: prices will be the same as last year

Translation: make me an offer


French: It is a Cabernet vintage

Translation: My winery is in the Médoc


French: It is a right bank vintage

Translation: My winery is in St Emilion / Pomerol


French: It is impossible to generalise

Translation: It was crap everywhere.

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