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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. Unfortunately, in 2020 there were no visits to Bordeaux because of Covid-19 virus wide-spreading in the whole world. Therefore, both 2019 barrel samples and 2018 bottles were tasted and rated at my home in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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

ATTENTION! I'm well in the process of tasting 2018 vintage in the bottle from Bordeaux sent to my Copenhagen home. I expect to taste in all close to 500 wines. As I still am receiving samples for tasting, a full report on the vintage is scheduled to be published mid-/ultimo March 2021. However, TNs and comments concerning already tasted wines are available on my website. Check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

2020 vintage in Bordeaux looks like it'll follow the trend of excellent vintages as f.i. 2016 and 2018/9. However, I don't plan to travel to Bordeaux in April 2021 for primeurs because of coronavirus, so I expect instead to get barrel samples sent to my home in Copenhagen.

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "Vintages" chapter. I received 325 samples sent from classified/non-classified properties, which I tasted during the summer of 2020.

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

In addition to my website, I do also post tasting notes to www.tastingbook.com where I've 7.000+ followers and 2.200+ TNs by ultimo February 2021.