En Primeur week, for those of you who never heard about it, is a preview of the last vintage (in this case 2018) from the Union des Grands Crus members in all Bordeaux appellations. This event incorporates different appellation tastings (Pomerol, Pauilliac, St. Emilion etc…) and lunches in each château, it is restricted to the wine trade and press members on invitation only. Throughout this event, winemakers share more intimately the details of their 2018 vintage before it will be released on the market and enjoyed by the public. It is also the occasion for the international press to score the wines and write reviews before the bottles are released.
Millesima , who invited me to En Primeur last April, is the leader of French fine wine merchants since 1983. They hold more than 2,500,000 bottles in their stock from the very best vintages produced in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Alsace, Champagne and other regions. If you would like to find out more about it and the international Blogger contest they sponsor every year, I list all the links below.
Since images speak often more than words, I link below part 1 and part 2 of my travel video and HERE my latest article with the Cos d’Estournel magnificent visit and tasting.
In this video you will find: En Primeur week silent tasting for the press in Bordeaux, la Cité du Vin (Bordeaux Wine Museum), the official gala dinner of Grands Crus de Bordeaux at Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, the primeurs at Chateau Dauzac and Chateau Pichon-Baron.
VLOG PART ONE
VLOG PART 2