Vintage Cellar’s Take on Bordeaux En Primeur 2023

Vintage Cellar’s Take on Bordeaux En Primeur 2023


Bordeaux En Primeur 2023: the Unique Opportunity to Start your Collection

The Bordeaux En Primeur 2023 campaign has been underway for a few weeks, setting the stage for what promises to be an exceptional vintage. Whispers of unprecedented quality and an impressive array of wines have energized the wine community, suggesting that the Bordeaux 2023 vintage may redefine expectations.

At Vintage Cellar, we've closely followed the campaign, captivated by the insights from the esteemed châteaux. Producer and expert insights paint a vivid picture – a vintage destined to enthrall the palate and become a cornerstone of any discerning collection. These pronouncements resonate deeply with our own wine experts, whose commitment to exceptional quality reflects in our meticulously curated portfolio.

Highlight on Key Châteaux and Their 2023 Releases

The 2023 Bordeaux vintage has captivated us with its exceptional quality and remarkable diversity. Esteemed estates across the region have risen to the challenge of a demanding year, producing a collection of truly stunning wines. Let's delve into some of the highlights that have particularly impressed our team at Vintage Cellar.

First, Château Lynch-Bages, with its deep garnet colour and purple hues, promises a rich aromatic palette marked by impressively mature tannins and remarkable acidity.

Then the 2023 Château Haut-Brion offers a lovely nose of ripe red and black fruits, with touches of licorice adding a pleasant complexity. On the palate, the wine starts off smooth and inviting, developing into a powerful and flavorful expression with a long-lasting finish. It's a classic Haut-Brion, unmistakably. We couldn't agree more with Jean-Philippe Delmas, Deputy Managing Director, who remarked, "This vintage will remain a reference."

For the highly coveted Château Cheval Blanc, each parcel has contributed to a "very Cheval Blanc" vintage, ensuring each bottle reflects the estate's style and the climatic conditions of the year, while Carillon d'Angelus, with its bright, aromatic berries, a hint of florality, and some spice notes, embodies the excellence that St. Emilion offers. The 2023 vintage at Château Angelus stands out as innovative and unconventional and has succeeded in surprising us.

Despite a wet, warm spring leading to outbreaks of disease across 90% of the vineyards by July, the 2023 Bordeaux vintage stands out for the resilience and innovative spirit of its vintners.

Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, Head Winemaker at Château Mouton Rothschild, describes the 2023 vintage as "a surprising paradox," where warm conditions yielded wines with the characteristics of a cool vintage, thanks to the weather during the harvest and masterful blending choices. From our perspective, this paradox makes the vintage even more intriguing and delightful.

Moving on to Château Pontet-Canet, the 2023 harvest was both the earliest and the longest in their history. Unripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and a forecast of heavy rainfall forced a tough decision. Their bold gamble of waiting paid off, resulting in a wine that is a testament to their patience and expertise.

At Château Lafite Rothschild, the 2023 vintage was all about timing. From extreme patience, to rapid changes in weather, to quick decision-making, it was a year that was all about keeping up. Despite these hurdles, the resulting wines showcase remarkable quality. 

Château L'Evangile in Pomerol is another prime example. Facing significant weather challenges in late June, with soaring temperatures followed by heavy rain, their 2023 vintage has emerged a delightful success. Our team at Vintage Cellar is impressed by this wine's remarkable freshness and bouquet brimming with red and black fruit aromas.

Finally, we can't overlook the powerful yet elegant expression of the 2023 release of Château Duhart-Milon that exudes a powerful, centred strength, embodying the essence of Pauillac. 

Despite a wet, warm spring leading to outbreaks of disease across 90% of the vineyards by July, the 2023 Bordeaux vintage stands out for the resilience and innovative spirit of its vintners. Vigilant growers adapted tactics, some turning to organic and biodynamic approaches while others used conventional treatments to protect their crops.

On the Left Bank, the top growths produced classically structured, vibrant wines, while the Right Bank, especially Pomerol, yielded gorgeous, floral reds with integrated alcohols and chalky, limestone-infused character. Overall, the 2023 Bordeaux showcases elegant poise and balance. Alcohol levels are modest, around 13-14%, complemented by lively acidity and smooth, refined tannins. The wines deliver excellent concentration of fresh, crunchy fruit framed by savoury, mineral notes.

Why En Primeur Matters

The Bordeaux En Primeur campaign offers wine collectors and investors an unparalleled opportunity to secure allocations of the most esteemed Bordeaux wines while they are still in the barrel.

This unique event allows enthusiasts to anticipate the remarkable selections from prestigious châteaux such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Lynch-Bages. It's a chance to build an enviable wine portfolio that promises exceptional taste and wise investment. This venture into the heart of the Bordeaux wine region ensures early claims to a vintage that has already stirred significant interest among wine lovers worldwide.

Navigating the Bordeaux En Primeur 2023 with Vintage Cellar

As the en primeur campaign progresses, Vintage Cellar encourages wine enthusiasts and collectors to seize this opportunity and secure their allocations. The 2023 vintage in Bordeaux is a testament to the region's resilience and the unwavering commitment of its winemakers. For those who have already made their purchases, rest assured that your investment in the 2023 vintage will be rewarded with wines of remarkable quality and character. This vintage promises to be a highlight in any cellar, offering a captivating drinking experience for years to come.

Vintage Cellar is here to guide you through the en primeur process, ensuring you have access to the finest wines from this remarkable vintage. Contact our wine advisor today to book a consultation and secure your allocations before they sell out.