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En Primeur - Bordeaux 2021

En-Primeur is a method of purchasing wines early while the wine (a vintage) is still in the barrel. This offers the customer the opportunity to invest before the wine is bottled.

Payment is made at an early stage, a year or 18 months prior to the official release of a vintage. One of the potential advantages of buying wines "En-Primeur" is that the wines may be considerably cheaper during the en primeur period than they will be once bottled and released.

Wines are stored with the Château until released.

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Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 2nd wine of Château Palmer / Background: Alter Ego de Palmer is the second wine of the iconic Château Palmer, a gem of Margaux appellation in the Left Bank of Bordeaux.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine today accounts for about 40% of the total sales of the château, a popularity likely to have increased due its fruitier, more approachable characteristics compared to the Grand Vin.

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A' / Background: In the last thirty years, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest has constantly challenged practices and techniques for the benefit of his land and the unique characteristics of the wines grown on it, enabling Château Angélus to be recognised as one of the foremost properties in its appellation area. This recognition has been documented in one classification after another, the last of which awarded Château Angélus the stat

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation: Pauillac / Classification: 5e Grand Cru Classé / Background: It is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. The name is derived from the battle ("bataille“) - that took place where the chateau and vineyard are today - during the 100-years war in the in 1452. In this battle, the French re-conquered the neighbouring Chateau Latour from the English, a crucial point in the history of Aquitaine. A few years later the first vines were planted on this historical and blood soaked grounds. Ch

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification: 4e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Beychevelle is a large and striking property set in its own beautiful park that dominates the view as one drives north to Saint-Julien on the Route des Châteaux. Its label recalls the legend that all ships sailing past the estate were required to lower their sails (baisse voile) in homage to the resident Duc d'Epernon, who inherited the property through marriage, and who served as Grand Admiral of the King's na

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B' / Background: Château Canon is named after Jacques Kanon who originally purchased the estate in 1790. In 1996 it was purchased by famous fashion brand Chanel. Chanel is also the owner of Margaux Château Rauzan-Ségla that they purchased in 1994.

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Although Château Cantenac-Brown has changed hands many times since it was built in 1806, winemaker Jose Sanfins has been a constant of the last decade. His respect for its historic land shines through in his wines, all grapes and hand-picked and sorted with a great degree of care. His wines are made with a real potential to age, making them a favourite among keen collectors.

Country: France, Saint Georges Saint
Appellation: Saint-Georges Saint-Émilion / Background: The unique style of Château Cap Saint George can be defined by respect for an exceptional terroir, by precise, meticulous vinification and by care to preserve the fruit and all its complexity. Each vintage is a chance to reaffirm an investment in purity and ‘Grand Cru’ techniques. We never chase after excess but rather clearly defined flavours and textures that reveal finesse, with subtle use of oak that is integrated and never dominates the

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Background: Château Chantelune is a unique property. Its previous owner, Mr. Soubrane was a carpenter who believed in felling his trees by moonlight, claiming this gave the best quality wood. His practice gave the property its name, meaning “sing to the moon.” He sold his land to José Sanfins, director at third growth property, Château Cantenac Brown.

Country: France, Saint Estephe
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe / Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Cos d'Estournel is owned by the affluent and successful businessman, Michel Reybier and thanks to this ownership, the château possesses some of the best winemaking facilities in Bordeaux. Since 2000, the estate has gone from strength to strength, with Robert Parker awarding the 2009 vintage a perfect score of 100 Points, calling it ‘One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted.’ Situated at the south of

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: The wines from Chateau d’Issan have been receiving great reviews in the last decade; indicating the hard work to increase the quality has been paying off. Quality control is crucial when it comes to grape selection if the top quality is required; during a recent vintage only 57% of the grapes arriving at the cellar door were employed in the first wine. The estate is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, which

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Desmirail, included among the third growths in the 1855 classification, has an outstanding terroir bordering on the Route des Châteaux. The current owner and manager, Denis Lurton, took over from his father, Lucien, in 1992. He has invested in modernising the estate on a regular basis ever since. Château Desmirail produces smooth, elegant wines in the classic Margaux style.

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Background: Produced by the winemaking team of Château du Glana. Château du Glana sits alongside the famous D2 “Route des Chateaux”, between the villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien. An enviable location opposite the elegant Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou, on deep gravel soils which are ideally suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The Château was built in 1870 and the original 5 hectare vineyard has been extended over the years to 44 hectares, by buying plots from the 3rd

Country: France, Pessac Léognan
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan / Background: Situated a stone's throw from the prestigious Château Latour Martillac, this impressive Pessac Léognan is a full bodied wine offering fantastic value for money and is one not to be missed. The wine is overseen by Pierre Hubert Gory, following his stints at Chateaux Latour and Beychevelle.

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Fleur Cardinale, a St-Emilion Grand Cru estate, has a long history, yet it was only after its purchase by Parisians Alain and Claude Asséo that it began estate bottling. Previously, virtually all the wine had been sold off in bulk to négociants. They replanted much of the vineyards, as well as totally renovating the winery and chai. They also engaged the services of the ubiquitous Michel Rolland.

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Giscours is one of the largest Margaux properties and now producing wine worthy of its 3ème Cru Classé status. It is located in the commune of Labarde and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints of cedar and new oak.

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Background: Chateau Gloria is the creation of one man, Henri Martin, who with passion created a 50 hectare vineyard over the course of several decades through the acquisition of parcels exclusively from Grands Crus classified in 1855. Today, the vineyard is renowned and carries within it the terroir and grape varieties typical of Saint-Julien. Manual harvesting and traditional winemaking wine produce powerful wines that are faithful year after year, expressing a fruit

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru Classé / Background: The Despagne family has been making wine in Saint-Emilion for seven generations. François Despagne took the reins in 1996, and his passion and intelligence have made his family property – a grand cru since the original classification in 1955 – one very much to follow. The estate is near Saint-Emilion’s border with Pomerol. There are 30 hectares of vines on a mix of clay and sandstone soils, but François painstakingly ana

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation:Pauillac / Classification: 5e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate which has for many years been consistently outperforming its classification. Grand-Puy-Lacoste is located a couple of kilometres west of the town of Pauillac and is owned and run by François-Xavier Borie.  

Country: France, Pessac Léognan
Appellation: Pessac-Léognon / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Haut-Brion is one of just five Premier Grand Cru Classe wines from Bordeaux, and the only one produced in Pessac, just outside of the city of Bordeaux.

Country: France, Pomerol
Appellation: Pomerol / Background: Château La Conseillante produces a wine of elegance, silky tannins and velvety textured fruit. It is never the most powerful Pomerol, nor the ripest. But perhaps it’s one of the most harmonious and refined wines in Pomerol. Black raspberry, plum dark cherry, chocolate and flowers are usually found in the perfume that pairs with the elegant, sensuous, refined, fresh, style of their wine.

Country: France, Haut Medoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château La Lagune is a 3éme Cru Classé property that produces some of the finest wines in the Haut-Médoc AC. La Lagune's history dates back to 1715 when its handsome château was constructed. The vineyards were first planted in 1724. La Lagune had hit hard times and fallen into disrepair when Georges Brunet bought it in 1954. He replanted the vineyards and totally renovated the chai. By the time he sold it to the Ayala Ch

Country: France, Haut Medoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc / Classification: 4e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château La Tour Carnet, a 4emé Cru Classé property has a long and illustrious history and its wines enjoyed a considerable reputation during the 19th century. La Tour Carnet had a chequered history in the first half of the last century and the wines were mediocre until 1972 when it was bought by Louis Lipschitz. He replanted much of the vineyards and made many long overdue changes to the vinification process. He died in

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Classification: Cru Bourgeois Supérieur / Background: The history of this very old vineyard begins in the 13th century. Château la Tour de Mons, formerly Tour de Marsac, took in 1623 the name of its owner Pierre de Mons. Château La Tour de Mons was later sold to the Clauzel Crunchet family and then bought back in 1995 by a group of institutional investors, Crédit Agricole and Caisse des Dépôts and Placements du Québec. Since, very important works of renovation and modernis

Country: France, Pomerol
Appellation: Pomerol / Background: Château Lagrange, Pomerol, has been owned by Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix since 1953. It is planted partly on gravel, partly on clay, including the celebrated blue clay soils so favoured by Merlot vines (95% here) allowing them to achieve exemplary expression. In 2012 Lagrange benefited from the addition of a what had been Certan-Marzelle a two hectare plot within what had formerly been Château Certan Giraud. It now encompasses part of previously La Fleur-

Country: France, Haut Medoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc / Classification: Cru Bourgeois Supérieur / Background: Dating back to the 19th Century, Château Lamothe Bergeron has undergone recent investment and re-structuring and in 2020, awarded the classification of Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, one of only 56 Chateaux in Bordeaux. Superb value for money, from a stellar vintage and Château on a meteoric rise. Winemakers Tasting Note: The wines produced at Lamothe-Bergeron in 2020 are dominated by strong colours, an intense red with pu

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / James Suckling Tasting Note:   

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B' / Background: Traditionally Ch. Larcis Ducasse, a St Emilion Grand Cru Classé, was regarded as a property with exceptional terrior but a constant underperformer. This has changed, mainly thanks to the talents of a new winemaking team headed up by Nicolas Thienpont (of Ch. Pavie Macquin repute) and Stephane Derenoncourt (the mercurial 'flying wine consultant') who have managed to unlock the potential of this sleeping giant.

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru / Background: Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf is a five and a half hectare estate which literally translates to 'the hill of the burping beef' referring to the oxen that used to work the steep hills on the edge of the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau. Owner François Mitjavile is the owner of produces just 2000 cases a year of this rich, concentrated, stylish wine which, in recent vintages has wooed many leading wine critics. 

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Léoville Barton is the smallest portion of the great Léoville estate and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. There is no château and the wine is made at Langoa Barton. Léoville Barton's 48 hectares of vineyards are located in the east of the St-Julien wine appellation and lie on gravelly-clay soils. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 8%. The wine is matured in o

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Background: Chateau Leoville Las Cases has one of the longest histories in the Medoc. Leoville Las Cases was the property of some of the most notable and wealthiest inhabitants in France. The final royal family to own the estate is where the chateau draws its name from, the Lascases family.

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Léoville Poyferré was the Léoville that got left in the starting blocks in terms of reputation and in the quality of its wines. Léoville Poyferré has been owned by the Cuvelier family (who also own Château Le Crock) since 1921, yet it was not until the 1970s, when Didier Cuvelier took control at the château, that quality began to improve. In the last 20 years, Didier, with the assistance of Michel Rolland since

Country: France, Haut Medoc
Appellation: Médoc / Background: This wine ranks naturally alongside the Grand Cru Classé wines of Bernard Magrez: Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge and Clos Haut Peyraguey. Situated in exceptional terroir and for too many years overlooked, this estate was given a new lease of life by Bernard Magrez. It was a project that he had mulled over for 10 years. During that time, he had searched for that special gem, that outstanding terroir in which a great wine could be b

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation: Pauillac / Classification: 5e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Although there are records of the Bages territory as far back as the 16th century, the history of wine production in the area really began in the 18th century. From 1749 to 1824, the vineyard was owned by Thomas Lynch, the son of an Irishman from Galway who worked as a merchant in Bordeaux. Thomas Lynch managed the land wisely and produced high quality wines under the name of ''Cru de Lynch''. As part of the prestigious 18

Country: France, Saint Estephe
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe / Background: Château Meyney can trace its history to the 17th century, when it was a Convent. Currently owned by a subsidiary of Credit Agricole, the 51 hectare estate sits on some of the highest hilltops in the Medoc, overlooking the Gironde Estuary. Planted on Garonne gravels, the vines average an age of 35 to 40 years and are divided between 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Château Meyney hand picks all of their grapes by hand and then are c

Country: France, Bordeaux Aoc
Appellation: Bordeaux /  Background: The Château Mont Pérat estate covers over a hundred hectares high up on the hillsides of Capian, in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers, with a lovely terroir of gravelly-clay on a limestone base. Full of fruit, intense, and supple with very round tannins, it is a well-matured wine that ages well. Indeed, we recommend giving it a little time in the cellar to reach its full potential. Fully ripened grapes are transcended by the natural minerality of the limestone

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Background: Situated in an enviable small enclave among the classified growths of Saint-Julien with just 5 hectares of vines surrounded by the grands crus classés of Leoville Barton, Gruaud Larose, Beychevelle and Talbot. The estate is part of the Guy Delon family, and the consultant oenologist is Eric Boissenot, responsible for 4 of the 5 first growths.

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation: Pauillac / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Mouton Rothschild is the youngest of the Médoc first growths, having been promoted in 1973 after it was originally marked as a second growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification. Distinctly recognisable for its unique artist designed labels for each vintage, stretching back to 1945, Château Mouton Rothschild is undeniably the most famous of all Bordeaux wines.

Country: France, Pessac Léognan
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan / Classification: Grand Cru Classé de Graves / Background: Château Pape Clément is a Cru Classé Graves property that has one of the oldest documented histories of any Bordeaux vineyard, having been planted in 1300 by Bernard de Groth, the future Pope Clément V. In 1939 the estate was bought by the Montagne family and is now owned and run by Léo Montagne. Tasting Note: " The 2020 Pape Clément, which I afforded an hour’s aeration, has a very precise bouquet of pure bla

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A' / Background: Chateau Pavie, the largest St.Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe, is located on an old peach orchard, known as pavies. Vines have been cultivated at Pavie since the 4th century, making it one of the two oldest estates in St. Emilion. 

Country: France, Saint Estephe
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe / Background: The Grand Vin of Château Phélan Ségur comes from this magnificent terroir of Saint-Estèphe where power dominates. Known for its potential to age over several decades, Château Phélan Ségur is strengthened by its origins, and its identity is based on elegance and finesse, with a certain restraint and great precision. Tasting Note:  Neal Martin: The 2020 Phélan Ségur has a very intense and almost Pauillac-like nose of blackberry, pencil box and cedar aromas,

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation: Pauillac / Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Chateau Pichon Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious 'Super Seconds'. The estate dates back to the 17th century, with its majestic chateau being added 200 years later. 1988 saw a complete restructuring of the vat house and winery, with the addition of state-of-the-art facilities. It is one of Bordeaux's most historic vineyards, having been given to Baron Jacques Pichon de L

Country: France, Pauillac
Appellation: Pauillac / Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: This second growth property gets its name from one of its earliest owners, Jacques de Pichon-Longueville, who obtained it in 1694 when he married its founder's daughter. It was originally joined with what is now another second growth property across the road, Pichon-Longueville (which used to be known as Pichon Baron), but when Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville died in 1850, he split the estate in two, dividing it equally

Country: France, Côtes De Bourg
Appellation: Côtes de Bourg / Background: The outstanding wine of its appellation, Roc de Cambes is made by the meticulous, eccentric and inspired François Mitjavile, who is perhaps more famous for Tertre Roteboeuf in Saint-Emilion. The 12-hectare vineyard, which contains some very old vines (some up to 50 years old), lies on rock shelves with deep clay-limestone soils overlooking the Gironde. The terroir isn't dissimilar to Tertre Roteboeuf, but interestingly the grape varieties are more akin t

Country: France, Pomerol
Appellation: Pomerol / Background: Château Rouget appears in archives and land register from 1700 and is considered as one of the first official Pomerol Crus. This period corresponds to the building date of the splendid house symbolising the estate, belonging then to the Bayonne Family. The last family member involved in the estate, Pierre Bayonne, was also mayor of Pomerol during the First Empire. As a talented winemaker, he used Chateau Rouget as a perfect display for his skills. At the end of

Country: France, Saint Julien
Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification: 4e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Founded in the 17th Century, this 4th Grand Cru Classé was broken up and scattered as a result of several inheritances. In 1982, through a combination of luck and persistence, Henri Martin managed to re-form the estate as it was known in 1855, the year of the famous classification. Since then, thanks to the owners’ commitment, Saint-Pierre has become universally known as a perfect representative of the Saint-Julien Gra

Country: France, Saint Estephe
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe / Background: Château Ségur de Cabanac takes its name from the illustrious and powerful family of the same name whose history was entwined with that of the Médoc going back to the 16th century. This aristocratic Bordeaux family owned great vineyards such as Lafite and Latour in Pauillac.

Country: France, Margaux
Appellation: Margaux / Background: Although its location, terroir and its reputation largely deserved to be included in the 1855 classification, the Toulouse-Lautrec family, owners of Château Siran, faithful to their family tradition declined the invitation to be included in this “Bonapartist classification”. At one time classified Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel alongside the châteaux Phélan-Ségur, Haut-Marbuzet, Chasse-Spleen, Château Siran is now charting its own unique and singular path on the r

Country: France, Haut Medoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc / Background: Château Sociando-Mallet produces full-bodied wines with a deep, dark colour. Their complex bouquet is usually dominated by black fruit aromas with a touch of minerality and well-integrated, elegant oak. Often somewhat "virile" when young, the wines gain in balance and complexity with age. They are fresh, straightforward, and have a wonderful length. Château Sociando-Mallet has always been a wine with great ageing potential. A wine to be enjoyed even after 30

Country: France, Pessac Léognan
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan / Classification: Grand Cru Classé De Graves / Background: Only a great terroir can produce a great wine, and Domaine de Chevalier is located in a clearing in the middle of a forest that protects the vines from extremes of temperature. In fact, Chevalier is a sort of secret garden, far from the limelight. This is something of a paradox for such an excellent wine, among the greatest in Bordeaux. 

Country: France, Lalande De Pomerol
Appellation: Lalande de Pomerol / Background: Enclos de Viaud is located on the Lalande bank of the Barbanne river in the lieu-dit Viaudet Maréchaude. Enclos de Viaud consists of 2,48 hectares split into two parcels where Merlot is the dominant variety. One of the best performing properties in the appellation on some of the finest terroir in the region.

Country: France, Pessac Léognan
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan / Background: 2nd wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, considered the greatest Graves wine after Haut-Brion. La Mission-Haut-Brion is situated just across the road from Haut-Brion in the commune of Talence in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux. Since 1983, both properties have been under the same ownership, Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A.

Country: France, Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru / Background: 2nd wine of Château Angelus, Premier Grand Cru Classé "A".

Country: France, Graves
Appellation: Graves / Background: Situated south of Bordeaux, in Pessac, Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux. The château takes its name from Pope Clement V who developed the wine-growing activity of the property in the 13th century. Château Pape Clément produces wines whose reputation has been established for more than seven centuries. Owned by Bernard Magrez, Château Pape Clément stands out among the greatest estates of Bordeaux.