En Primeur 2012 – 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 2012 in Bordeaux. 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.

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.

Monday and Tuesday (8th and 9th April) I have the following appointments:

Monday 8th April

Chateau Palmer

Chateau Margaux

Chateau Latour

Chateau Pichon Comtesse

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Chateau Pontet Canet

Chateau Calon Segur

Chateau Cos d’Estournel

Chateau Lafite

Chateau Montrose

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Tuesday 9th April

Chateau Haut Brion

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

Remainder of the Week

In each AOC, one chateau 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:

Chateau Olivier – Graves and Pessac Léognan

Chateau Phélan Ségur – Pauillac, Saint Julien and Saint Estèphe

Chateau Labégorce – Margaux

Chateau Fourcas Hostein  – Médoc, Haut Médoc, Moulis and Listrac

Chateau La Conseillante – Pomerol

Chateau La Lagune – Sauternes and Barsac

Chateau Soutard – Saint Emilion

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