ENGLISH EDITION – Bordeaux Primeurs: wait & drink
27/04/2018 - For the first time in more than 20 years, In Vino Veritas will not publish a Bordeaux Primeurs Special this year.
You are certainly aware of the old controversy about this event. Some say that the wines are too young to be judged; and as some samples are specially blended for the Primeurs, so as to be more flattering to the taster’s palate, they are said not to be representative of the wines as they will evolve, the « finished products» – we are talking of Grands Crus, wines that are supposed to last for decades, if not for centuries.
Add to this that the wines are not tasted anonymously, but with their labels proudly shown, which could influence the most impressionable tasters.
Anyway, In Vino Veritas has always been represented at the Bordeaux Primeurs, and has always reported about them, with the appropriate reservations.
This year, however, we have decided to innovate.
We have chosen to put our Primeurs tasters’ comments on hold, to give them time to mature (we are referring to the comments).
We thus intend to publish them around March 2025, when we think the wines should begin to be ready to be drunk – even if, we are sure, they should be able to last much longer.
It will be most interesting to compare today’s comments and tomorrow’s wines, by the way.
Very rare are the magazines which dare to go back on their past comments, and make amends when they have been proven wrong, especially when some wines have not lived up to the promise.
What about the opposite case? I mean, what about the crus which the critics did not like during the Primeurs and that would end up much better after some years?
What a far-fetched hypothesis! No serious critic aiming at potential wine-investors would dare suggest that grands crus can be bad. Be it young or old, from a “classic” or “exceptional” vintage, made from naturally ripe grapes or with inverted osmosis, a grand cru is as the name says: grand.
Otherwise, it would be called another way. And sold much cheaper.