Some of the tastings during the Primeurs Week in Bordeaux offer the opportunity to discover the wines of several appellations of the Bordeaux region and to see that the last vintage was more successful for some and more difficult for others. he Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux is an association of 124 châteaux from the 26 Bordeaux appellations that produce fine wines with excellent value for money, located on the left and right banks. The core values of this dynamic association of wineries are to represent the diversity and richness of the Bordeaux vineyards and to produce wines that express the terroir of the region.
In my third article on Bordeaux's Primers 2021, I publish my appreciation and impression on this vintage in Médoc. Each year, during the Primeurs week Crus Bourgeois of Médoc organise a tasting of their wines, which gives an occasion not only to have overview and the overall success of wines in Médoc of last vintage, but also to understand the specific character of each sub-region of Médoc.
In the second part of the article about the Primeurs 2021 week in Bordeaux I publish my tasting notes and my impression on the young wines 2021 of Pessac-Léognan.
From 25 to 28 April 2022, for the first time since the pandemic restrictions, the Bordeaux Vintage Week - la Semaine des Primeurs - took place in its usual format - with international wine professionals and big tastings. Living in Bordeaux, I could not miss the opportunity to discover the result of work of winemakers during the difficult 2021 vintage. This article is going to focus on its characteristics, with the tasting notes, which I will gradually add in the following parts.
Year 2019, despite the beginning of pandemic and the following difficult sanitary context, complemented a series of very successful Bordeaux vintages (although not without difficulties for winemakers). Year 2019 combined many of the conditions of an outstanding vintage
While everything is relatively clear with Burgundy and its four hierarchical levels of wine classification (see my article on Burgundy wines), the first encounter with classifications of Bordeaux wines can be quite confusing. The two parts of the Bordeaux region - the right bank and the left bank - have their own hierarchies, some of which differ in terminology and criteria, although their principle remains the same - to distinguish the best wines.