En Primeur 2010 – What I am Tasting, and When

I don’t usually write about my itinerary or appointments at the UGC Tastings in Bordeaux but I thought it might be useful for those of you who are interested. It will give you an idea of what I am tasting and if you want to contact me for my opinions on the wine I’ll be pleased to give you an honest answer.

The En Primeur week is always frantic and I spend a lot of my time criss crossing from one AOC to another to try and fit in as many wines as I can. I’ve never counted how many I have ended up tasting by the end of the week but it runs into hundreds.


Although it’s a delightful temptation I avoid the hospitality put on by the various chateaux as I like to spend the evenings musing over the wines I have tasted.

I stay at a small hotel which has a tranquil atmosphere and a very good menu. It’s well away from the hub bub and I can relax. This also gives me time to write up my thoughts and publish them on blogger so that you have a daily account of what’s what. I will try and keep you updated via Twitter.

I may end up cramming a few more tastings in here and there and I often go back to re-taste certain wines but the itinerary below is correct as of the time of publishing. If you want to contact me then you can email me at or send me a tweet at @NicksWine.

Sunday April 3rd

Cercle Rive Droite

The Cercle Rive Droite represents wines from 19 appellations (to name a few: Bordeaux Superieur, Loupiac, Sainte Foy, Fronsac, Canon Fronsac, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, Cotes de Bourg, Cotes de Castillon, Cotes de Bourg, Cotes de Francs, Saint Emilion, Montagne Saint Emilion, Lussac Saint Emilion, Entre Deux Mers).

The tasting will be held at Chateau Barde Haut in Christophe des Bardes and there are 139 wines to taste!

Monday April 4th

09:00 am Chateau Latour
10:15 am Chateau Montrose
11: 30 am Chateau Cos d’Estournel
14:00 pm Chateau Lafite
15:00 pm Chateau Mouton Rothschild
15:30 pm Chateau Pontet Canet
16:30 pm Chateau Margaux

Tuesday April 5th

10:30 am Vieux Château Certan
11:00 am Château Ausone
11:30 am Château Angelus
14:00 pm Château Cheval Blanc
15:00 pm Château Pavie
15:30 pm Château Troplong Mondot
16:30 pm Château La Fleur Morange

Wednesday April 6th

In each AOC, one château has the honour of hosting the local tasting, with all the other producers attending with their samples. This year I will be tasting at the following line up over the 6th and 7th:

Château Malartic Lagravière: Graves and Pessac-Léognan
Château La Couspaude: Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Château La Pointe: Pomerol

Thursday April 7th

Château Citran: Médoc, Haut Médoc, Moulis and Listrac
Château Lascombes: Margaux
Château Talbot: Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
Château Desmirail: Sauternes and Barsac

Friday April 8th

09:00 am Chateau Palmer
10:30 am Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
11:00 am Chateau Pichon Lalande
11:30 am Chateau Leoville Las Cases
15:00 pm Chateau Haut Brion


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