Category Archives: En Primeur 2013

Bordeaux’s Added Benefits – What’s in Your Wine? 2013, A Vintage With A Difference

Disaster strikes hard when a winemaker, or even an entire wine making region, suffers the impact of severe weather during the growing season. Unlike many other wine regions across the world Bordeaux has the advantage in that its wines are … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 4 – Domaine de Chevalier, Chateaux Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clement, Olivier and Haut Bailly

It rained all night and all day here in Bordeaux. Today I visited Chateau Malartic Lagraviere to taste the wines of the Pessac Leognan and Graves AOCs. Several wines were on show and having tasted all of them I am … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 3 – Chateau Lynch Bages, Branaire Ducru, Montbrison, Lascombes, Chasse Spleen, Doisy Daene, Guiraud and Crus Bourgeois

You’ll be happy to know that the weather currently in Bordeaux is what we normally experience in the UK, it’s persisting with rain and I am sat in my hotel room this evening looking out on a wet and soggy … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 2 – Chateau Haut Brion, Angelus, Cheval Blanc, Troplong Mondot, La Fleur Morange, Vieux Chateau Certan

Day 2 started at the First Growth Chateau Haut Brion (Pessac Leognan) where we were offered 6 reds and 3 white wines from the estate. All the reds were around 13% abv and yet again showed the 2013 vintage’s characteristic … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – Day 1 – The Four First Growths on the Left Bank, Chateaux Palmer, Grand Puy Lacoste, Ducru Beaucaillou, Calon Segur, Montrose, Leoville Poyferre

Not having read too much into the 2013 vintage before arriving in Bordeaux I started with a completely open mind. My conclusions at the end of the day are that it is not a vintage to get excited about. It’s … Continue reading

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Breaking News – 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign Starts Early

Astonishingly the 2013 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign has kicked off early this morning before anyone has had a chance to even taste the wine they are being offered to buy. Chateau Pontet Canet has been released at 60 euros. Surprisingly … Continue reading

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Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – Chateau Gazin, Pomerol

Hop across from the AOC of historic Saint Emilion and you will find yourself in neighbouring Pomerol, the home of Merlot in Bordeaux. Here, on the gently rolling plateau, some of the world’s most famous wines are created. However there … Continue reading

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A Little Background to the Chateaux Hosting the 2013 UGCB Tastings – La Dominique, Saint Emilion

Every year certain chateaux are allotted the task of holding the En Primeur tastings for their specific AOC by the UGCB (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux). It’s considered an honour to be chosen as a host and it’s also … Continue reading

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013 – What I am Tasting, and When

I thought it might be useful for those of you who are interested if I let you know my itinerary for the UGC Tastings for En Primeur 2013 in Bordeaux. It will give you an idea of what I am … Continue reading

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The Knock On Effects of Bordeaux’s 2013 Vintage – Le Pin Pulls Out of En Primeur and Malescasse Will Not Release

Following the dreadful weather that caused havoc with the growing season in 2013 Decanter have confirmed that Le Pin, in Pomerol, will not be taking part in the 2013 En Primeur campaign. It’s thought that a 2013 vintage may be … Continue reading

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