What on earth can you expect from the Bordeaux 2023 releases?

by Jack Chapman

2023 Bordeaux En Primeur

We are currently out there to truly get to grips with what the vintage has in store, but prior to that, I’d like to report the information (or indeed the rumours!) we have heard.

  • 2023 had the potential to be a large vintage. This is unconfirmed speculation, but the best estates have probably done some fairly aggressive green harvesting in order to control yield and keep quality high.
  • The vintage is so far being touted as more ‘classic’. It won’t have the ripping intensity of 2022, 2019, 2010 et al, but has instead largely produced fresh, lighter wines which will appeal to classicists.
  • Release prices are rumoured to be dropping by as much as 30%, some say back to the same level they were in 2019. An exciting prospect for the market.
  • The first growths are meant to be leading the charge and setting this precedent, so instead of the usual build up through the lesser Châteaux, expect many of the top releases to materialise in May.

A lot more information will soon follow, once we have tasted our way through the 300 or so wines on our list, but in the meantime, and to receive all of our updates, please do register your interest using the link below.

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