1 / Read François Mauss’ last comment titled “An American problem has started in China”. The issues brought up convinced me to take Valandraud out of the open market, I'm still not quite sure if it was the right decision, but there is certainly a problem with the margins of distributors!
2/ To call a wine “shit” is considered freedom of expression, according to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This concerns a Hungarian journalist who clearly did not like a local wine. Using this kind of language is certainly not nice... François Mauss, if you read me...
3/ Le Guide Hachette will be available in bookstores on Aug. 31, a useful guide for inexpensive wines, 6-7 euro max. Unfortunately it has little influence on the top 300 brands in Bordeaux (1st wine, 2nd wine, red, white). At the beginning of Valandraud, I was happy; to be included in the special selection and even earned a medal at the Paris agricultural show.
4/ Will a student in sociology, in economy write his (or her) theses on the massive changes in the relationships between properties, wholesalers, clients, journalists during the last two en primeur vintages in Bordeaux? Are some properties playing a dangerous game being more generous to the large negociants?