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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've visited Bordeaux many times - the first trip was in 1984, followed by visits in 1985 (during harvest), 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1993. From 1995 I've visited Bordeaux every year in May/June. From 2000 to 2018 I went to Bordeaux twice, except harvest in 2002 and harvest in 2005 (visiting in March/April during primeur and in September/October during harvest). In 2015 and 2019, I've visited Bordeaux three times - during primeur, the second time in June (Vinexpo) and during harvest in September/October. 

Since 2002 and starting with vintage 2001, I've participated every year in Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux primeur tastings of new vintage for invited journalists in March/April.

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

It's independent, non-profit and it costs nothing to check it out. No advertisements and no sponsor. The main purpose of this website is to share my impressions and TNs with fellow wine-lovers. Enjoy!

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

DISCLAIMER

IT'S NOT ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO USE CONTAINS FROM THIS WEBSITE FOR COMMERCIAL REASONS AND PUBLISHING 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

  • Ban de Vendanges 2003 at Domaine de Chevalier

    Pretty ladies welcome you at Domaine de Chevalier - Ban des Vendanges in September 2013

  • 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

2020 vintage in Bordeaux looks like it will follow the trend of excellent vintages. We will know more in December/January, after malolactic fermentation is finished.

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "Vintages" chapter. 325 samples were tasted (by primo July 2020) from classified and non-classified properties

All chateau profiles are up to date (October 2020) with recently collected tasting notes/ratings

A new feature is the Burgundy blog in News chapter. Tasting notes from tastings and tasting dinners attended since November 2018

New! Tasting of 1945 vintage from Bordeaux + extras - Vertical & Horizontal tastings chapter

I contribute with tasting notes to www.tastingbook.com. 5.400+ followers and 2.200+ TNs by primo October 2020

My top ten wines tasted in 2019

1. Lafite Rothschild 2016                                  100p

2. Cheval Blanc 2000                                         100p

3. Cheval Blanc 2009                                          99p

4. Lafleur 2016                                                   99p

5. Lafleur 2015                                                   98p

6. Pichon Baron 2010                                          98p

7. Pichon Comtesse 2017                                    97p

8. Beychevelle 1949                                            97p

9. Leoville Barton 2016                                       96p

10. Les Carmes Haut Brion 1953                         96p