Bordeaux’s 2022 vintage has been enthusiastically received by both critics and the trade at the annual en primeur barrel tastings, with Jane Anson describing ‘a vintage that will be referenced for plenty of years to come’, featuring ‘plenty of luscious wines’. So, with the wines starting to emerge onto the market, is this a vintage to buy, and is the en primeur system itself still the best route into Bordeaux for lovers of fine wine?
Bordeaux-based Jane Anson has been tasting and rating wines en primeur for 20 years, firstly for Decanter magazine and now for her own increasingly influential Inside Bordeaux website, where her full report for the vintage went live earlier today. She is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the annual process and has a front-row seat from which to assess its pros and cons.
We are delighted to welcome Jane back to the Club to provide Members with insights into the 2022 vintage and the en primeur scene in general. How close are the barrel samples tasted to the final wine that will be bottled in 18 months’ time? Is it always best to buy early in order to get the best deal? And how are the 2022 wines – and the overall market – shaping up this time around?
Jane will present a handful of wines from both Left and Right banks as she picks out trends, regions and producers to watch in 2022, giving Members the chance to get ahead of the curve in a lauded vintage.
Wines to be tasted (all barrel samples):
Château La Lagune, 3ère Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc 2022
Château Marquis d’Alesme, 3ère Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2022
Château Labégorce, Cru Bourgeois, Margaux 2022
Château Smith Haut Lafitte White, Pessac-Léognan 2022
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, cru classé Pessac-Léognan 2022
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan 2022
Château Bonalgue, Pomerol 2022
Clos du Clocher, Pomerol 2022
Friday 9th June
St. James’s Room
18:30 – Welcome Drink
19:00 – Masterclass starts
20:30 – Masterclass ends
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