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Bordeaux website describing harvests, vintages, including chateau profiles, tasting notes and a little Burgundy chapter

 

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Izak Litwar, owner and publisher of www.greatbordeauxwines.com

I have visited Bordeaux many times - the first trip was in 1984, followed by visits in 1985 (during harvest), 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1993. Since 1995 I've visited Bordeaux every year in May/June. From 2000 to 2018, I went to Bordeaux twice, except for harvest in 2002 and 2005 (visiting in March/April during primeur and September/October during harvest). In 2015 and 2019, I have been to Bordeaux three times - during primeur, the second time in June (Vinexpo), and during harvest in September/October. Unfortunately, in 2020 there were no visits to Bordeaux because of Covid-19 virus was wide-spreading in the whole world.

Therefore, both 2019 barrel samples and 2020 barrel samples plus 2018 vintage in the bottle were tasted and rated at my home in Copenhagen, Denmark, during most of the year 2021.

I didn't go to Bordeaux for primeur in March/April 2021, but I managed to visit Bordeaux for almost two weeks in November 2021. Then, I visited Bordeaux in April 2022 to taste 2021 vintage en primeur.

Since 2002 and starting with vintage 2001, I have participated without missing one year in new vintage's Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux primeur tastings for invited journalists in March/April.

This website is about Bordeaux describing harvests, and vintages, including chateau profiles and tasting notes. A tiny chapter about Burgundy is there too. My impressions and tasting notes from every visit to Bordeaux and vertical/horizontal tastings are continuously published. 

It's independent and non-profit, and it costs nothing to check it out. No advertisements and no sponsors. I'm not paid for my writing, and all expenses concerning travels, hotels, etc., are entirely covered by me. The primary purpose of this website is to share my impressions and TNs with fellow wine lovers. Enjoy!

More about me - check out "About" chapter up at the top of the page.

DISCLAIMER

IT'S NOT ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO USE ARTICLES IN THE WHOLE OR PARTLY FROM THIS WEBSITE FOR COMMERCIAL REASONS AND TO PUBLISH THESE ON INTERNET FORUMS OR/AND IN NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. ANY VIOLATIONS OF COPYRIGHT WILL BE PROSECUTED!

  • Nicolas Glumineau, manager of Pichon Comtesse

    Nicolas Glumineau, manager of Pichon Comtesse, pictured in April 2016

  • Guillaume Pouthier, manager of Les Carmes Haut Brion since 2012

    Guillaume Pouthier, manager/winemaker at Les Carmes Haut Brion since 2012, pictured in late October 2016

  • Sandrine Garbay - cellarmaster at Yquem

    Sandrine Garbay - d'Yquem's cellarmaster during visit in March 2015

  • At Le Dôme

    Jonathan Maltus pictured in November 2021, speaks about events during building of his new cellar and wines.

  • Pretty Danish girl picks grapes at Palmer in September 2010

    5th October 2010 at Palmer - enchanting young girl from Danish school (10th class) in Holstebro picks grapes. 2010 Palmer will be gorgeous ;-D

  • rantou - magician winemaker at L

    Denis Durantou - magician at L'Eglise Clinet during visit in April 2014

  • Jacques Guinaudeau (left) and Francois Mitjavile (Tertre Roteboeuf)

    Two magicians - on the left Jacques Guinaudeau (Lafleur) and on the right Francois Mitjaville (Tertre Roteboeuf) pictured in September 2011

  • Caroline Frey - manager of La Lagune since 2004

    Caroline Frey, proprietor of La Lagune pictured in April 2015

  • Anne Cuvelier from Leoville Poyferre

    Anne Cuvelier from Leoville Poyferre pictured in March 2015

  • Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier

    Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier pictured in March 2014

Latest news

1. Two weeks trip to Bordeaux in mid-April to check out the 2021 vintage from the barrel. A review of 300+ tasted barrel samples will be published soon (latest mid-June).

2. Impressions from my trip to Bordeaux in November 2021 are published. Check out chapter "2021 Bordeaux" in "VINTAGES". Additional TNs from barrel samples of 2020 vintage collected in Bordeaux accordingly are published. Please check out chapter "2020 FROM BARREL" in "VINTAGES".

3. 2019 vintage's TNs on 85 wines tasted in Bordeaux in November 2021 have been published, plus additional TNs on 120+ wines tasted in Copenhagen during Jan-March 2022. Check out chapter "2019 BARREL/BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

4. Tasting notes concerning the 2018 vintage on wines not previously tasted from the bottle in Bordeaux in November 2021 are published. Please check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

5. The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, which includes impressions from Burgundy tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It'll also have impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers.  I explored this wine area already in April 2022 when tasting Morgon Cote du Puy from five producers in vintages 2018 and 2019. A tasting of special cuveés from the same producers will follow in June 2022.

6. In addition to my website, I also post tasting notes to an excellent website run by Pekka Nuikki from Finland, www.tastingbook.com, where I have 10.850+ followers and 2.800 TNs by mid-May 2022.