It’s that time of year again: Bordeaux Primeurs 2017
Once again, Bordeaux will be opening their cellar doors for a taste of what’s to come. It’s a time to sample and put your senses to work in order to determine the year’s best wines.
As 2017 took a hard hit to a late-April frost, this primeurs is very important. Who will have pulled through, and who will have not? I’ve got a jam-packed schedule to find out just that. Beginning on Monday, April 9, I will begin a week of tasting more than 300 wines. Though it sounds like a wine lover’s dream (and it kind of is…), it’s also hectic and requires planning ahead.
However, the planning is done, and now all I need is perseverance to taste and guide you through the 2017 Bordeaux vintage. Here’s a snapshot of what’s to come:
Sunday, April 8
7:00 p.m. - Tasting and dinner at Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac.
Monday, April 9
7:30 a.m. - Margaux appellation tasting at the Hotel de Ville.
9:30 a.m. - Tasting Château Calon Ségur, Saint-Estèphe.
10:00 a.m. - Tasting Château Montrose, Saint-Estèphe.
10:20 a.m. - Tasting Château Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe.
11:00 a.m. - Tasting Château Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estèphe.
11:30 a.m. - Tasting Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac.
12:00 p.m. - Tasting and lunch at Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac.
2:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac.
2:30 p.m. - Tasting Château Léoville Las Cases, Saint-Julien.
3:30 p.m. - Tasting Château Ducru Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien.
4:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Palmer, Margaux.
7:00 p.m. - Dinner at Golf
Tuesday, April 10
9:30 a.m. - Tasting Château Rauzan Ségla, Margaux.
10:00 a.m. - Tasting Château Margaux, Margaux.
10:30 a.m. - Tasting Château d’Issan, Margaux.
11:00 a.m. - Tasting Union des Grands Crus de Margaux at Château Siran, Margaux.
12:30 p.m. - Tasting and lunch with Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac.
2:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Latour, Pauillac.
3:00 p.m. - Tasting Union des Grands Crus de Saint-Julien at Château Beychevelle, Saint-Julien.
7:00 p.m. - Dinner and tasting at Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc.
Wednesday, April 11
12:00 p.m. - Tasting Union des Grands Crus de Pomerol and lunch at Château Gazin, Pomerol.
2:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Angélus, Saint-Émilion.
2:30 p.m. - Tasting Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion.
3:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol.
3:30 p.m. - Tasting Château Canon, Saint-Émilion.
4:00 p.m. - Tasting Château Ausone, Saint-Émilion.
3:00 p.m. - Tasting Union des Grands Crus de Saint-Émilion at Château La Couspaude, Saint-Émilion.
5:30 p.m. - Tasting Château Tertre Roteboeuf, Saint-Laurent-des-Combes.
7:00 p.m. - Dinner and tasting at Brasserie Bordelaise.
Thursday, April 12
11:00 a.m. - Tasting at La Médocaine, Médoc.
Soon after the whirlwind of a week is over, I’ll be posting my notes and offering futures over at City Wine Merchant, so stay tuned!