BORDEAUX 2023 EN PRIMEUR

The 2023 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign is set to be a cavalcade of May releases, with First Growth highlights straight from the off. Our Bordeaux team have retuned from a week traversing the Left and Right banks, putting their palates to the test tasting writing up over 300 wines.

May has seen the release of many top Médoc wines, whilst June will be dominated by the release of the Right Bank's finest.

One very encouraging and common theme in Bordeaux is that the châteaux are well aware of the need to get the pricing right, ensuring that this is a genuinely compelling campaign offering value to the early buyer. The releases so far have tracked very closely with 2019 vintage releases; as with 2019 widely considered as the best value vintage in recent years, this is certainly a strong strategy to engage the market.

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2023 VINTAGE REPORT

2023 VINTAGE REPORT

Goedhuis Waddesdon Bordeaux Buying Director, David Roberts MW, dives into the intricacies of a year in which the weather gods were as mercurial as ever; holding back frost but unleashing early summer rains. Precise vineyard location and a team with lightning-fast reactions was essential to success, in a year where late August heat followed a mild summer to ramp up the average temperature for the vintage.

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SEE ALL THE WINES

Here you will find all the wines recommended by our buyer, David Roberts MW, and the Goedhuis Waddesdon tasting team. You can view Goedhuis Waddesdon tasting notes and scores for all wines, alongside critics' notes and scores as they are published. The price and status of each wine will update as it is released.

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2023 | LEFT BANK

• Across the region we have heard of a vintage which made the châteaux work exceptionally hard to battle mildew & sunburn. Those who succeeded saw increased concentration in the healthy grapes, delivering wines with intense fruit and an inviting vibrancy.

• The quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant factor in all the best wines we have tasted so far, making up a higher proportion of the blend than in previous vintages. The taste profile is classic; cassis, precise and elegant. Freshness has been a theme throughout and, as such, the wines should offer a great drinking experience.

2023 | RIGHT BANK

  • The Right Bank has excelled in 2023. It was particularly evident in Pomerol that its unique location shielded it from the negative effects of rain and mildew, accentuating the exceptional quality of the best Merlots in this vintage.
  • The wines boasted tremendous sweetness and plush fruit, indicative of their superb quality. Additionally, the advantage afforded to those chateaux on St Emilion’s limestone plateau was unmistakable; Cabernet Franc in particular has been very successful in the most renowned locations.

2023 | WHITE WINES

• The entire team has been singing the praises of 2023 white Bordeaux. Its freshness and vibrant style has been incredibly well received. The whites are highly aromatic with a lovely richness in the mid-palate and bright freshness.

WHAT THE CHATEAUX THINK

"We LOVE the 2023 vintage. It has given us freedom of interpretation, and wines all across the Médoc are very varied. It was also a vintage of luck; the rainfall map shows that exactly where you were in Pauillac dictated how well you could battle the mildew. We were very lucky, but still experienced great variation in rainfall from one plot to another on our own estate. Stylistically, 2023 reminds me of 2016, the sense of classicism in particular. The temperatures over summer almost closely resemble 2019, and the wines are similar to but without the opulence of the 2019 vintage. " Saskia de Rothschild, Ch Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

"If we reason objectively, by analyzing the season's weather, everything aligned to make 2023 a great vintage. I will remember two significant elements from this year, which required a lot of work in the vineyard. The first was an exceptional budding and flowering, not seen since 2004, forcing us to regulate production to achieve perfect maturity in a context of severe drought. The second was the strong pressure from mildew, which is becoming increasingly common. Our teams met the challenge of fighting it perfectly. The final yield is proof of our dual success. The wines have a lot of fruits they are extremely colorful and, despite reaching unprecedented tannic levels (the highest IPT ever) are very smooth, subtle, and incredibly silky. They combine maturity, freshness, power, and balance." Henri Lurton, Ch Brane Cantenac, Margaux

AN AWARD WINNING BORDEAUX  EN PRIMEUR MERCHANT

AN AWARD WINNING BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR MERCHANT

Goedhuis Waddesdon has triumphed as a top En Primeur, Bordeaux and Burgundy merchant in the U.K. wine industry's leading awards, taking home the following in recent years:

• Decanter Best Specialist Retailer Bordeaux 2022 | 2020
• Decanter Best En Primeur Campaign 2022 | 2021 | 2020
• Decanter Best Specialist Retailer Burgundy 2022 | 2021 | 2019

• IWC Bordeaux Specialist Merchant of the Year 2022 | 2019
• IWC En Primeur Specialist Merchant of the Year 2022 | 2021

• IWC Burgundy Specialist Merchant of the Year 2022 | 2021 | 2019

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