Category: En Primeur

Bordeaux 2017 | A vintage overview

April 17th 2018

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Every year in early April the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) organises a series of tastings in all the major appellations of the Bordeaux region. The British wine trade descends on the city in droves to sniff, sip, and pass judgement on the freshly drawn barrel samples of the six-month-old vintage that will hit the market in the ensuing en primeur campaign in May and June.

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2017 | Day 4 | Pessac-Leognan & a little St Julien

April 13th 2018

Goedhuis team with Veronique Sanders and Gabriel Vialard of Ch.

Day four of our Bordeaux En Primeur 2017 trip sees us staying close to the city in the neighbouring appellation of Pessac-Léognan, starting with Château Haut Bailly. We are greeted at the estate by technical director, Gabriel Vialard, who walked the team through the vineyards and cellars en route to their tasting room which overlooks the vines.

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2017| Day 3 | St Émilion & Pomerol

April 12th 2018

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After a mixed second day where the communes of St Julien, Margaux and Pauillac delivered strong glimpses of real quality, today we head over to the right bank to focus on the twin appellations of St Émilion and Pomerol. First up, our traditional early morning visit to Jean-Pierre Moueix to taste a wide range of  St Émilion and Pomerol 2017s. Clearly the element of this vintage is the presence of tannins, adding structure to the wines. 2017 is like a modern day 1988 – they all have their reserved subtleties; they will never be exuberant wines, however they are really…

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2017| Day 1 | St Estèphe & Pauillac

April 10th 2018

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Our first day of Bordeaux En Primeur 2017 and we brought the rain with us! Our wet morning began driving to the most Northern part of the Left Bank, St Estèphe, to cover the top estates before travelling south just across the border to taste in Pauillac. Both St Estèphe and Pauillac are appellations where there are highs and lows. However, both appellations profited from the influence of Gironde estuary, which saved them from the frosts in April 2017; others further south were not as lucky.

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