Every year, merchants and buyers alike get excited about the prospect of En Primeur, even in lesser vintages – for merchants, an opportunity to go and try the new wines that the Chateaux have spent the past year working hard on producing, chatting to the owners about the vintage; its difficulties and challenges, and then trying to gain an understanding of it all.
Chteau Latour, the illustrious Bordeaux 1st Growth, has announced that 2011 will be the last vintage to be released En Primeur.
This is big news, as for the first time since the 1960’s, a First Growth Chateau breaks with the unique and over time very successful way that Bordeaux sells its newest wines.
Why would Latour do this? What are the reasons behind this decision? What are the implications? Here are our thoughts.
After a short but very informative and useful trip, here are some of our observations regarding the new vintage and upcoming En Primeur campaign.
The Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur campaign will start shortly. Next week, the trade will go and taste the wines but this week, several wine critics have already done so. Robert Parker, who said on Twitter that he had no interest in the 2011 vintage before going out to Bordeaux, has also tasted the new vintage.
Denis Dubourdieu is a professor at the University of Bordeaux and a top oenologist. He is also a consultant, scientist, owner and wine maker of Doisy Daene and Clos Floridene. He is very well positioned to comment on the quality of the 2011 Bordeaux vintage, or at least on the prevailing climatic conditions that largely dictate what the individual winemakers at the various Chateaux can work with.