From Monday March 30th 2015, wine trade member and journalists from the four corners of the world will descend on the Bordeaux vineyards to take part in En Primeurs Week, and discover the 2014 vintage at hundreds of Bordeaux chateaux across the region.
In Bordeaux, the term en primeur (also known as “wine futures”) has an entirely different meaning to other winemaking regions, where primeur denotes a “young”, or “new” wine.
In fact for more than two centuries now, spring has focused on the sale of en primeur wines, where as many as 300 chateaux in the Bordeaux region open their doors to showcase the latest vintage. Over the course of five days, professionals and journalists from all over the world will taste the entire range of Grand Cru wines with the sole aim of revealing the future potential of the vintage.
The wines at this stage are still very young and a far cry from the finished article. Having only been harvested six months previous, the wines have yet to spend 12 to 18 months in oak barriques in order to put the finishing touches to the maturation process prior to bottling and their subsequent release on the market.
This challenging exercise undertaken by the trade and press requires a certain level of expertise in order to assess the potential of a wine at an exact moment in time and predict the benefits to be reaped from a further 18 months ageing before bottling.
Over the course of the week, members of the wine trade will select which wines to buy en primeur at a lower price than after bottling. The much-anticipated scores, ratings and tasting notes set by the journalists will help rank the wines among the entire range of Cru wines presented. The chateaux will communicate release prices after en primeur week, throughout spring.
This year, tastings during en primeur week will be held from Monday 30th March, to Friday 3rd April. Wine trade and press will be able to discover the 2014 vintage of Vignobles Dourthe at Chateau Belgrave.