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Your insiders guide to 2023 Bordeaux - 28th April 2024

Our GM Liz Wheadon has been in Bordeaux for the last week and has sent back this report, your insiders guide to 2023 Bordeaux. As she notes in this report, the first offers will be out early this week. With many big names, including Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Pontet Canet and Chateau Leoville Las Cases already giving release dates. This is early and the pre planning of it unusual for an En Primeur campaign. The planning appreciated by the Negociants and Merchants, perhaps signaling a change in Bordeaux.

2023 Bordeaux – Defining a modern Classic 

Many references have been made to the 2023 vintage as a classic year. Traditionally, the term 'classic' in Bordeaux has often denoted a cooler year, one conducive to earlier drinking. So, why is the 2023 vintage being labeled as such? Not a growing season that is defined by being cool and with many of the wines from 2023 requiring long cellaring.

This vintage exhibits significant variation among Chateaux, with wines truly reflecting the terroir in which they were cultivated and crafted. Each winery's approach in the vineyard—whether to harvest early before the imminent rain or wait—along with techniques in extraction and aging, greatly influence the character of the wines.

Unlike the more uniform vintage style of the warm 2022 vintage, 2023 showcases a diverse array of flavors, which might be mistaken for inconsistent quality. However, this is far from the case; 2023 is a highly qualitative vintage, with flavors stemming from terroir expression and deliberate decisions in the winemaking process.

A comparative tasting of the 2021, 2022, and 2023 vintages at Chateau Branaire Ducru revealed fascinating insights. The 2021 vintage exhibited remarkable charm, delicacy, and approachability. In contrast, the 2022 vintage was more expressive, reflecting the warmth of the year, and displayed an impressive, somewhat international style. Standing beside these, the 2023 vintage emerged as quintessentially Bordeaux—a warm year marked by finesse, fruit ripeness, well formed tannins, and freshness. The 2023 wines can be aptly described as defining what are  'Modern Classics.'

Many of the wines were notably easier to taste En Primeur, with lower alcohol levels, lower pH, ripe fruit flavors, and well-integrated tannins. Notably, there are exceptional second wines, many of which appear enjoyable immediately. 

Vintage Report

For more details on the growing season, please check out the vintage report from the tab on the left

Where can we expect prices to be

There was a lot of discussion in Bordeaux this year on price, to be honest, there always is. Whilst each player in Place de Bordeaux at this stage seems to agree, nodding and saying the right things. All too often we walk away from the En Primeur tasting week and the decisions taken seem to have been oblivious to everything other than the precious wine they have crafted. However, this year, discussions on pricing felt different.

In essence, the Place de Bordeaux functions as a marketplace. En Primeur sales are conducted through this historic platform, although they constitute only a portion of the vast volume of wine traded. Within this market, Chateaux produce wine, Courtiers act as intermediaries connecting Chateaux with Negociants, who, in turn, distribute to their extensive networks worldwide. Typically, Negociants negotiate allocations with Chateaux, aiming to maintain or increase their share. However, when offers to global networks fail to garner sufficient interest, Negociants may be left with excess stock. Moreover, they also purchase wine for later trading. Pre-COVID, interest rates for such stock were around 1%, but they have since increased five-fold. Given the substantial value of the wines involved, this shift is significant.

This is part of where the difference in the conversation comes in this year, the Negociants are clearly saying, we can’t hold more stock, we need to be able to sell it on. In the context of the pressures in many markets, tax changes in a number and unrest, this could be difficult. To make the campaign successful and continue to have relevance, it’s very clear, that the prices must be reduced. The question then is by how much. 

The 2019 vintage campaign, often cited in discussions, was characterized by Chateaux showing considerable respect for the market, releasing wines at lower prices—a strategy that proved effective. Whether the prices go back to that level, or somewhere near, we won’t need to wait too long to find out. The first releases till be on Monday 29th April in France (Tuesday 30th in New Zealand). And in the first week we will see Chateau Lafite Rothschild released, the Chateau likely to signal a price position for the campaign. Talk around Bordeaux is of decreases between 20 – 35%.  The wines from this year are very good, in fact there’s many super impressive wines. If the price is right, this will be a great year to buy excellent Bordeaux.  

Offer 11 - A wonderful collection of wines from the right bank

Today's offer combines a number of right bank properties who will be well known to Glengarry customers. All hailing from the negociant JP Moueix. There's a number of brilliant wines in the offer, including some of the wines that stood out to Liz when tasting there this year. Château La Serre particularly fine this year, it's a great year for Plince and Château Bourgneuf wonderful and rich, a complex style with allot to like.

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Offer 10 - Chateau Belair-Monange 2023 and a very large list of releases

Chateau Belair-Monange leads today's offer, a wine that sits in all reports as one of the very finest from the vintage. This highly regarded Saint Emilion Grand Cru's quality trajectory has been on a steep ascent for many years now. The 2023 is spectacular and released at a very considered price point by the Moueix team. Whilst we do have reasonable stocks, demand is high and we expect this will sell out quickly. We recommend you take action to secure yours now. 

We also feature Chateau Lafleur-Petrus and Chateau Trotonoy, two more excellent right bank Bordeaux. 

At the bottom of this email you'll find the very long list of releases now on our En Primeur website. Many of which we will feature in more detail over the next week. In the meantime, they are on our website along with the relevant reviews. 

Speaking of reviews, you'll find that we've now updated our website with all reviews to assist you by having all in one place. 

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Offer 9 - Chateau Suduiraut, Suduiraut Old Vines Blanc and Tourelles de Longueville

Chateau Suduiraut leads today's offer. The recently bottled 2021 vintage of Suduiraut has recently been praised as one of the finest made. Intriguing then when Liz reported that the technical director Pierre Montegut had shared that he believes the 2023 is the finest he has made. It is certainly highly regarded and one of the sweet wines of the vintage.

Also, in today's offer Chateau Suduiraut Blanc Old Vines, a wine made from 40-year-old vines, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. 2023 being a great year for whites, this is well worth adding to your collection.

Last but by no means least, Tourelles de Longueville. Crafted by the same team as Chateau Pichon Baron, rather than a second wine, it is a wine that stands alone. Not a wine that is consistently offered En Primeur. Though due to the exceptional quality and attention it gained during the En Primeur tastings, Tourelles is being offered En Primeur this year and a wonderful buy.

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Offer 8 - The exceptional Chateau Cos d'Estournel now available

Château Cos d'Estournel leads today's offer, Liz tells us it was an absolute delight to taste there this year. From the Grand Vin, through the whites and the rest of the range, the quality excellent this year. G from d'Estournel is a lovely wine and for just $54.18 total estimated price, it's great buying.

2023 is a great year for white wines, the two on offer from Cos d'Estournel well worth considering, both very smart. 

Today's offered features the wines from Château Cos d'Estournel, these are just a small number of the wines released, a full list of the wines released here.

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Offer 7 - Chateau Haut Brion, Cheval Blanc and a host of others

Chateau Haut Brion leads a full pack of releases today and is a hot contender for wine of the vintage. Released at pricing significantly lower than recent years, at the level of the 2019. Making it a wine we highly recommend for the cellar. Sitting alongside is Chateau Haut Brion Blanc, an absolutely stunning wine that is a showstopper. Quantities of which are limited.  

Today's offer is packed with top releases, Chateau Cheval Blanc also now available and despite speculation that this may be one property that would not reduce price, there's a great reduction here too. 

Chateau Lynch Bages is again superb and highly regarded. For an estimated total of $208.91, this is a wine well worth climbing into. There are simply so many more releases, Chateau Kirwan is excellent for $82.78 and Les Ormes de Pez $54.18 is very good buying.

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Offer 6 - Chateau Angelus 2023

Chateau Angelus 2023 has been released along with Carillon de Angelus. There's much change at this Chateau, both wines representing the continuation in the evolution of Angelus style. The evolution also reflecting the team's embrace of the different climatic conditions we continue to see. The new winery has also impacted the development of style, one that enables the team to work with each individual parcel, by gravity and suits the focus on gentle extraction and finesse. 

This year we are delighted to be able to offer you both Chateau Angelus and Carillon de Angelus En Primeur.  

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Offer 5 - Chateau Mouton-Rothschild released

Chateau Mouton Rothschild and the wines from this stable have now been released. The 2023 Mouton Rothschild is quite something, a clear candidate for one of the wines of the vintage. It is a very classic styled Mouton Rothschild. Also in this collection of releases, Chateau Coutet, sitting at the top of the 2023 sweet wines.

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Offer 4 - Chateau Talbot

We start this week with the wines released late Friday in France, highlighting Château Talbot. Again a wonderful wine this year, also being offered En Primeur at a very fair price. With a public holidays in France on the 8th and 9th May this week, the likelihood of many taking Friday off, we can expect the first two days of the week (for us Tuesday, Wednesday) to be jam packed with releases. With Mouton-Rothschild due to be released tomorrow.

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Offer 3 - Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

In this first and very fast week of En Primeur releases, we now have Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. The Chateau leading the way with a hefty reduction in offer price on previous years, many feeling that this is a clear signal to the rest of the Chateau owners to follow suit. Let's hope so. These first offers have been exactly where we'd expected them to be and make this a great year to buy Bordeaux. 2023 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, highly regarded and a definite 'must have' cellar wine. For many considered a wine of the vintage.  

Also released today and from the same stable, Carruades de Lafite-Rothschild, L'Evangile and Duhart Milon Rothschild.

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Offer 2 - Chateau Pontet-Canet and Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Two exceptional wines from this vintage lead today's offer. Chateau Pontet-Canet 2023 and Chateau Leoville Las Cases. both released at prices significantly below prior years. Chateau Leoville Las Cases's release price sits with the 2019 vintage and makes it brilliant buying. Whilst Chateau Pontet-Canet is just above the 2019, it is an absolutely stellar year for this property. Very quickly post release overnight, it has been selling strongly. 

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Offer 1 - out now. Chateau Batailley the first to release

Chateau Batailley was the first release today, our total Estimated En Primeur price $79.98 compared to $79.73 for the 2019 vintage. This is a great sign and exactly what we had anticipated (and hoped for). Whilst a good decrease, it is fair to say that Chateau Batailley had not increased their pricing by the same percentage as others. Offering good value over the recent campaigns and continues to with the 2023 vintage. 

This campaign is off to a flying start with circa 42 wines expected to be released this week, including many of the finest from the 2023 vintage. 

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