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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux Day Four


A small group from Binny’s visited Bordeaux, tasting samples of the 2013 vintage and more, with stops at chateaux and negociants. Find the rest of the trip here. Binny’s Wine Guru Steve Reiter concludes with day four:


Not everything is about the 2013 vintage. Our first stop is with Francois Thienpoint. While we taste a couple 2013’s, our focus here is more on previous vintages, mostly 2010-12, that are now bottled and ready for sale.


A few stand outs include the 2011 Roques de Jean Lice which offers nice dark plum, dried herbs and clay notes with a light spicy oak on the finish. The 2012 Manoir de Gravoux is equally nice with plum, hints of black cherry, light cocoa and soft tannins. The 2011, 2010 and 2005 La Violette are wonderful, exhibiting warm flavors of black cherry, cola, clay earth and light clove. But the best by far is a barrel sample of 2012 La Gravette de Certan, the second wine of Chateau Vieux Certan. With a heady perfumed nose of blue and purple flowers and fruit, hints of clove, followed by lush blue and black fruit, all balanced and round. This is what Bordeaux offers that no one else can!


Bordeaux Bottles


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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux Day Three


A small group from Binny’s visited Bordeaux. They tasted samples of the 2013 vintage, with stops at both chateaux and negociants. Find previous reports here. Steve is back with more:


Chateau Pichon Baron


Day three starts with an appointment at Pichon Baron to taste and have lunch. We also have the distinct pleasure to taste with the winemaker, and to tour this lush and iconic chateau. Just check it out:

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux Day Two


A team from Binny’s visited Bordeaux, one of France’s most famous wine regions. They tasted samples of the 2013 vintage – now available en premier – visiting chateaux and negociants. Read yesterday’s report here. Steve is back with more:


Day two and we’re on the right bank in St. Emilion and Pomerol. Vineyards spread out along the countryside, but upon reaching St. Emilion, the city is right on top of the vineyards. In fact, Chateau Ausone is on a hillside above their vineyards just 500 meters behind town. Just like we saw on the Left Bank yesterday, the local population and the vineyards are completely interwoven. Towns have grown as a result of the success and history of the wine region, which again is so different from the other regions I’ve visited. St. Emilion especially is a gorgeous old commune straight out of a fairy tale. Old with buildings staggered over steep hills, narrow passageways, vineyards enclosed by stone walls. A tourist destination and certainly worth the visit.


Vineyards and Towns in Bordeaux


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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux Day One


Binny’s Wine Managers Steve Reiter and Chris Speir joined Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann on a trip to one of France’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux. They tasted barrel samples of the 2013 vintage – now in the early stages of its en premier campaign – visited Chateaux and negociants. Steve reports from the road:


Binny's in Bordeaux



First Impressions


I expected the city of Bordeaux to be large (the 9th largest in France) but not quite the expanse that it is. We’re staying in a charming, modern sprawl radiating from the river with a modern, urban feel. However, the “Centre” or old part of Bordeaux, is just as large, and definitely has the rustic feel I expected. With stone buildings, colored shades of earthy white, grey, orange and green, it reminds me a lot of Venice. Old churches and architecture dot town squares where people pass time. We wander a few hours through the alley-like, brick-layered streets. I would hate to have to park here. No wonder there are so many bikes.


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Taste Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay at Binny’s Lincoln Park


Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay Open House Tasting



Ch. Angelus and Ch. Daugay
Open House Tasting
Tuesday, January 14th, 5-7pm


Join us on January 14th from 5-7pm to meet Jean-Bernard Grenie, owner of the legendary Bordeaux estate Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay. Mr. Grenie will treat you to several vintages of Daugay and Angelus (recently promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe “A”), including Daugay 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 as well as Angelus 2006 and the 99-point 2009, which Robert Parker called “a candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date.” Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.




Fall For Bordeaux


Join Binny’s October 12th & 26th to
Fall In Love with Bordeaux


Binny’s is hosting free tastings at all Binny’s locations on
Saturday, October 12th and 26th from 1-4pm.




Bordeaux Wines, Your Style!

Bordeaux is the epicenter of the wine world, renowned for its large production of high quality wines. While the press and the attention most often go to the highest profile estates in the most famous regions, Robert Parker says in his 2009 book, Parker’s Wine Bargains, “The bargains will emerge from the lesser-known appellations that border the…famous regions.”


The newest vintages from Bordeaux will inspire you with their quality and value!

Bordeaux is about enjoying the moment with a wine that suits your palate and setting. Today’s Bordeaux is perfect for both a special occasion or just enjoying with friends out on the patio. From the crisp whites made primarily with sauvignon blanc and semillon, to the satisfying, lush merlot based wines of the Right Bank, to the full, firm cabernet based wines of the Left Bank – you’ll find out why they are… Bordeaux wines, your style.


Binny’s Mailbag: UGC Bordeaux Tasting


Who wouldn’t want to sneak a peek into Binny’s Mailbag?


I read on the UGC de Bordeaux website that there will be a Binny’s tasting on January 23rd, 2013, which I assume is similar to what there was earlier this year for the 2009 vintage. However, I don’t see any announcement on your website or blog. Any idea when this will be official and allow us to purchase tickets to?



Hi Craig,


The announcement and ticket sales for the January 23rd Union des Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting should come later this year. We’re looking forward to tasting another great vintage with our customers and friends from Bordeaux. It will be held at the Drake this time around, which is an absolutely gorgeous venue for this great event.


Please check back to for more information in late November or early December. We’ll see you at the UGC Bordeaux tasting!



UGCB Weekend des Grands Crus 2012


   If you were lucky enough to attend the Binny’s Presentation of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2009 Vintage Tasting, then you know what a special treat it is to taste this wonderful vintage from Bordeaux. If not, well, you missed out. Now UGCB wants to give you the chance to taste this wonderful vintage in Bordeaux.


Weekend des Grands Crus
de Bordeaux

May 12th & 13th, 2012


   This is an “exclusive weekend in the very heart of the prestigious Bordeaux appellations for all fine wine passionates.” How cool does that sound? The schedule for the weekend includes a Grand Crus tasting including over a hundred winemakers and chateau owners pouring two vintages of their great wines, including 2009.

   Other optional activities include a dinner at a wine estate, a “soiree des grands crus” (at a chic wine bar with a DJ) plus vineyard tours and a golf tournament. 

   If you’re in the market for an engaging, wine-centric visit to France this may, be sure to visit the UGCB site for more info and to register.


Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2009 Vintage Tasting


   If you’re into Bordeaux, or even wine in general, you probably already know how awesome the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event is, and you don’t need me to sell it to you. Go order your tickets now! If you are interested in reading more about the event, check out this post on the Binny’s Blog. I use too many words and try to get poetic, but it’s pretty clear how exciting the UGC tasting is.


UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting

Presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Thursday, January 26th, 6-8p


   For the uninitiated, what they do is this: a bunch of Chateaux from Bordeaux (over 100 this year?) showcase their wines, all from a recent vintage. That includes reds, whites, and the amazing sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac. This year they’re showcasing the highly lauded 2009 vintage. 

   So what you have is a collection of amazing wines plus the chance to talk to knowledgable representatives (including estate owners), all in a posh environment surrounded by other wine enthusiasts. Don’t miss this chance – tickets will sell out early. Follow this link to see participating chateaux, to see FAQ, and to order tickets. You can also stop by your favorite Binny’s Beverage Depot to get tickets, but online ordering is easier.

   Any other questions? Post them in the comments below. See you there!

Ducru Beaucaillou & Bruno Borie


Binny’s Lincoln Park
Ducru Beaucaillou Seminar
Thursday, October 27th, 5:30-7:00pm

   We are excited to welcome Bruno Borie, Owner and Manager of Ducru Beaucaillou, for the launch of the limited new Jade Jagger designed Croix de Beaucaillou label. 

   This seminar will include 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou as well as top vintages of the flagship wine from the cellar of Ducru Beaucaillou. Space for this seminar is extremely limited, so pre-paid reservations are required. 

   $40 W/Binny’s Card / $50 non-members. This is a Lincoln Park Tasting Room Event. Call 312-664-4394 for more information. 

   It’s tomorrow! It’s going to be awesome! If you’re a fan of wine, you’ll want to be at this event.

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