Videos

Bordeaux En Primeurs 2011 Exclusive – Interview with Château Peyrabon

Xavier Michelet, manager and technical directeur of this Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois,  sits down with Millesima to share his thoughts and experiences concerning the 2011 vintage. The first criteria that comes to mind is the decadence of the wine, which has perfectly balanced tannic structure, that will develop over the next 14 months of barrel ageing and will be at its ... Read More »

Bordeaux En Primeurs 2011 Exclusive – Interview with Château Beychevelle

Philipe Blanc, manager of Grand Cru Classé Château Beychevelle was nice enough to take a few moments with Millesima to share his thoughts on the 2011 vintage: This is a year with good grapes, despite yields a little disappointing. But, qualitatively, what matters in the glass is that it is very charming and pleasant. Sign up for Wine Alerts here, ... Read More »

Bordeaux En Primeur 2011- Exclusive Interview with Château Chasse Spleen

Château Chasse Spleen  Céline Villars-Foubet, owner of Château Chasse Spleen took a moment with Millesima to share her thoughts on the 2011 vintage. Although 2011 was not the easiest vintage, Céline notes that: We still have our expertise, and always have a certain pride as growers because we took advantage of the difficult times and presented a quality vintage from ... Read More »

Benefits of the En Primeur Wine System (Episode 4)

The greatest advantages of buying en primeur wines are the pricing and availability. The château release their prices several weeks after the Futures Tastings. Only those wine merchants registered within the Bordeaux region have the opportunity to purchase from the ‘Place de Bordeaux.’ Even if you are not a wine professional, you can benefit from buying wine before it is ... Read More »

How the En Primeur Process Works (Episode 3)

Allocations are very important in the En Primeur process. They determine who is able to purchase the primeur wines, and in what quantity. A smooth transition is created by the brokers between the châteaux and the wine merchants, who are given an allocation depending on the previous year’s purchase and the current vintage’s production. Find our 2011 En Primeur Wines ... Read More »

What is a ‘Future’ wine? And why is #bdx11 blowing up my twitter feed? (Episode One)

What is ‘En Primeur’ week? How does it work? And why is it so important? For those of you who are not familiar with the term ‘Futures’ or ‘Primeurs’ in French, I will take my next few posts to share a brief explanation of the frenzy that takes over the wine world each spring. In addition to a few explanations ... Read More »