Bordeaux Primeurs, April 2017: Programme
The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux have released details of this year’s tasting programme, commencing April 3rd. I have already made most of my appointments (yes, really) and so I was eager to see whether their schedule fits in with mine. Fortunately it does!
The most noteworthy change (from my point of view) is a change in venue for the UGC tastings. Last year the press tastings were held in the Stade de Bordeaux, outside the Rocade. Some visitors weren’t too happy about it, but I thought it was a good venue, with lots of space, good sommelier service to pour the wines, and good natural light (once we managed to get the blinds down a bit). Having said that, I didn’t have anything to compare it to, as it was the first time I went to the press tastings, having previously preferred to fly undercover at the trade tastings.
This year the UGC tastings move to Hangar 14, on the Quai des Chartrons, looking out onto the river. The building looks like a concrete prison wing (complete with mesh grills on the windows), but I have never been inside, so it could be a great venue. Here is a link if you are interested, and here’s the location on Googlemaps.
Otherwise, briefly, the programme looks pretty similar to last year:
Monday 3rd April – Sauternes and Barsac press tasting in the appellation, also a stand-up tasting of all appellations in two-hour slots at Hangar 14, this latter tasting open to the trade.
Tuesday 4th April – Hangar 14 for Graves, Pessac-Leognan, St Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes and Barsac press tasting, selected visits in the afternoon (new). Stand-up tastings in appellations (see below) are open to the trade.
Wednesday 5th April – Hangar 14 for all Médoc appellations and Sauternes and Barsac press tasting, selected visits in the afternoon (new). Stand-up tastings in appellations (see below) are open to the trade.
Thursday 6th April – Stand-up tastings in appellations (see below) are open to the trade.
Appellation tastings on the 4th/5th/6th which are open to the trade are as follows:
Ch. Carbonnieux – Graves and Pessac-‐Léognan
Ch. La Couspaude – Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Ch. La Pointe – Pomerol
Ch. Cantemerle – Médoc, Haut Médoc, Moulis & Listrac
Ch. Kirwan – Margaux
Ch. Talbot – Saint Julien
Ch. Batailley – Pauillac & Saint Estèphe
Ch. La Lagune – Sauternes & Barsac
This is just the bare bones of the week – for more details including times contact the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.