Bordeaux En-Primeur coming!

Everything about En-Primeur is here!

Where En-Primeur system comes from?

En-Primeur system dates back from 18e century. The Bordeaux négociants went to the Châteaux a few months before the harvest and purchased wines as vine plant. At that time négociants took care of wine making process and bottling by themselves.

The En-Primeur system as we know it today dates from 1970. The Bordeaux négociants could then reserve a certain quantity of bottles with a preferential price. It was also profitable for the Châteaux: they can take the cash in advance to finance the next harvest and the wine making before distributing them on the market. That system starts to be popular from 80’s under the impulsion of Baron Philippe de Rothschild who organized a big tasting of its 1982 vintage in April. This event was very much shared by the press and marked a milestone.

How does En-Primeur system work today?

Today En-Primeur week is a real Bordeaux institution and takes place every year in April. A hundred of wine professionals coming from the whole world to discover and taste the new vintage. Under the guidance of the Bordeaux Grands Crus Union and other producers organization, more than 400 Châteaux open their doors to brokers, négociants, famous wine critics and journalists. The professionals can thus have an opinion about the vintage in progress before purchasing it. The press is able to start rating and providing its notes to give a first trend about the vintage.

Shortly after the end of this En-Primeur week, Châteaux start to release their wines on the market by communicating their recommended sales price and the number of bottles proposed to the négociants to the brokers. This starts mid-April until end of June. There is not a specific calendar, each Château decides on their own when they release their price.

En-Primeurs at U’Wine

Our Selection Committee composed of Quentin Chaperon and Aymeric de Clouet will start the tastings in one month in most of the Châteaux to compose our Customers’s cellar.

In the U’Wine Experience frame we invite every year our Customers to live this exceptional event during 4 intensive days of visits and tastings. Our Customers will then have the chance to taste several Châteaux among the most famous Bordeaux wines or to have dinner and lunch next to Châteaux owners. We intend to offer exclusive moments in total immersion in the Grands Crus universe, the best occasion to learn more about the fine wines, the owners and history of the Châteaux.

Here is the program prepared for these 4 special days:

Monday 1st April – Saint-Emilion

  • Château Grand Corbin Despagne
  • Clos Fourtet
  • Château Clinet
  • Château Ripeau

Tuesday 2nd April – Médoc

  • Château Rauzan-Ségla
  • Château Lagrange
  • Château Phélan Ségur
  • Château Cantenac Brown

 

Wednesday 3rd April – Pessac-Léognan & Médoc

  • Domaine de Chevalier
  • Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
  • Château Pape Clément
  • Château Picque Caillou
  • Château Beychevelle
  • Château Lafite-Rothschild
  • Château Branaire-Ducru
  • Château Ferrière

Thursday 4 April – Pessac Léognan & Médoc

  • Château Durfort-Vivens
  • Château Gloria
  • Château Pontet-Canet
  • Château Pédesclaux
  • Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte
  • Château Haut-Bailly