chateau latour to stop selling en primeur

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.

denis dubourdieu bordeaux 2011 vintage report

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.

Denis Dubourdieux

robert parker 2009 in bottle scores

They were expected to be high, but the 2009 scores released on March 1 by Robert Parker have exceeded the highest expectations.

"Not a myth but mythical" is Parker's subtitle for his Bordeaux 2009 review. Indeed. He goes on to say "In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982". He backs this up by awarding no less than 18 Bordeaux reds, and 1 white, the perfect score of 100 points.

is there anybody out there?

I find it slightly bizarre that the whole wine trade is occupied with Bordeaux En Primeur during nearly 3 months. The tastings were done in April and the last of the reviews (Parker) were released at the end of April. Yet, a month and a half later, we’re all still waiting for the campaign to get serious. Frustration in the trade mounts and customer interest is waning.

bordeaux 2010 offers fantastic value for money

The quality of Bordeaux 2010, across the region, is very high.  A raft of lesser known Cru Bourgeois and Petit Chateaux have produced beautiful wines, at accessible prices. Wines that have something to say about the place in which they are grown. As money chases the big guns, such chateaux have been widely hailed as offering some of the best value to be found in the fine wine market.

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