2011 Primeurs Bordeaux (3-5 April 2012)

Union de Grand Cru Tastings for trade professionals – Where?

  • Château de Fieuzal : Graves, Pessac-Léognan
  • Château de Camensac : Moulis, Listrac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc
  • Château Marquis de Terme : Margaux
  • Château Lagrange : Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe
  • Château Soutard : Saint-Emilion
  • Château Beauregard : Pomerol
  • Château Kirwan : Sauternes, Barsac


En primeurs week is fast approaching when the world’s wine press and proffesional buyers descend on the city to taste the baby vintage, 2011. Since is harvest and vinification process it has spent its time in barrel. As is customary, the young infant, barely a few months old, will be paraded before the wine world’s VIPs who will dictate its future forever. It is afterwards in May or even June that the prices are released (will come down after the excellent 2010) and bought as futures on the ‘Place de Bordeaux’ not to be delivered for another year or so when it has finished its ageing in barrel.

To finish the words from the largest buyer of classified Bordeaux, Simon Staples of Berry Bros & Rudd;

“I think its absolutely bonkers to show the wines 6 months after the harvest. What other industry in the World shows you a product, gets all the press and resellers to get all excited and then wait 3 months to release the price to the World. Not only that but out of the 100/150 Chateaux the World really wants en primeur its so disorganised that 20/40 Chateaux get rabbit in headlight fear and release their prices on the same day? Why?. But I must say, I love the wines or Bordeaux, most of the Chateaux and Negotiants and the above all the whole infuriating, confusing, bewildering and charming system!! So come on, lets get this party started………Bring on those 2011’s!”

Stand up tastings (restricted to the general public press and wine professionals) : from 3 April to 5 April 2012

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