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PRIMEURS 2022

2022 is the vintage that beat all the odds.

“If we can appreciate a blind wine tasting, we can only understand its true worth on knowing its history, when the three dimensions of time, space and man converge. And so it is that year after year, the vintages succeed and the history of Bordeaux wines is written. When we look back on a vintage, climate invariably springs to mind, though sometimes a vintage evokes the bigger picture. 2020 for example will be remembered as the Covid vintage, while 2022, the return to normal life, free of restrictions; the vintage celebrating the joy of life together again.

In Bordeaux, 2022 was also the vintage of climate change, the scars of which we still bear. It is a vintage that challenges the future, and raises serious questions, not least regarding our approach to viticulture. With waves of sweltering heat and historic drought, there is a distinct feeling that the pace of climate change is increasing, and our ability to adapt also.

Yet 2022 is also the vintage that beat all the odds, yielding wines of baffling freshness, purity and depth. It essentially came down to resilience. That of the vine, much to our respect. The admirable resilience of the growers too. It restores our faith in the future, which is all the more poignant in our constantly beleaguered environment. Resilience is a driving force, the motivation we need to push on.

Antonio Gramsci spoke of Pessimism of the Intellect and Optimism of the Will and 2022 certainly highlighted the latter. So if I were to choose one word to define the 2022 vintage in Bordeaux, it would be this one – optimism!”

 

Mathieu Chadronnier

 

En Primeurs Tasting at Château Belgrave

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Flight n°1 / Bordeaux & Côtes de Bordeaux

Mont-Pérat – Bordeaux Rouge
85% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc
Croix Mouton – Bordeaux Supérieur
80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet Franc; Malbec; Petit Verdot
20 mille – Bordeaux Supérieur
100% Merlot
Reynon – Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
73% Merlot; 14% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Petit Verdot
Carignan – Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
80% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Cabernet Franc
Carignan – Prima – Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
100% Merlot

Flight n°2 / Satellites & Lalande de Pomerol

Cap Saint-George – Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion
80% Merlot, 11% Cabernet franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon
Dame de Boüard – Montagne Saint-Emilion
85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clos de Boüard – Montagne Saint-Emilion
60% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bel-Air – Jean & Gabriel – Lussac Saint-Emilion
50% Merlot; 50% Cabernet Franc
Siaurac – Lalande de Pomerol
75% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc; 10% Malbec
Fleur de Boüard – Lalande de Pomerol
82% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Petit Verdot
Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouärd – Lalande de Pomerol
100% Merlot

Flight n°3 / Côtes de Bordeaux & Fronsac

Cap de Faugères – Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
85% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc
Monbadon – Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
47% Merlot; 53% Cabernet Franc
Certifié Agriculture Biologique
Clos Lunelles – Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
80% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Marsau – Francs Côtes de Bordeaux
100% Merlot
Organic Farming
Carlmagnus – Fronsac
90% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc
Château Moulin Haut Laroque – Fronsac
65% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Malbec
La Dauphine – Fronsac
80% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc
Organic Farming
Fontenil – Fronsac
100% Merlot
Organic Farming
Vieille Cure – Fronsac
82% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Flight n°4 / Haut-Médoc – part 1

Clément-Pichon – Haut-Médoc
69% Merlot 28% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc
Cambon La Pelouse – Haut-Médoc
40% Cabernet-Sauvignon – 45% Merlot – 15% Petit Verdot
Paloumey – Haut-Médoc
Organic Farming
Citran – Haut-Médoc
28% Merlot 62% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet franc
Beaumont – Haut-Médoc
65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Petit verdot
Sénéjac – Haut-Médoc
47% Cabernet Sauvignon; 34% Merlot; 13% Cabernet Franc; 6% Petit Verdot
Lanessan – Haut-Médoc
70% de Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% de Merlot, 5% de Petit Verdot
Peyrabon – Haut-Médoc
55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 34% Merlot; 8% Cabernet franc; 3% Petit verdot
Charmail – Haut-Médoc
37 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 13 % Cabernet Franc, 45 % Merlot, 5 % Petit Verdot
In conversion to organic farming
Larrivaux – Haut-Médoc
51% Merlot; 28% Cabernet Sauvignon; 21% Cabernet Franc

Flight n°5 / Listrac, Moulis & Médoc

Fourcas Dupré – Listrac-Médoc
55% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot
Clarke – Listrac-Médoc
70% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Maucaillou – Moulis-en-Médoc
52% Cabernet Sauvignon; 41% Merlot; 7% Petit Verdot
La Garricq – Moulis-en-Médoc
49% Merlot; 44% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot
Organic Farming
Mauvesin Barton – Moulis-en-Médoc
55% Merlot 36% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc
Chasse-Spleen – Moulis-en-Médoc
54 % Cabernet Sauvignon / 39% Merlot / 5% Petit Verdot / 2% Cabernet Franc
Poujeaux – Moulis-en-Médoc
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.
Grands Chênes – Médoc
60% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Flight n°6 / Haut-Médoc –  part 2

Sociando-Mallet – Haut-Médoc
63% Merlot 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc
Cantemerle – Haut-Médoc – 5th Grand Cru Classé
70% Cabernet sauvignon 20% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit verdot
Camensac – Haut-Médoc – 5th Grand Cru Classé
60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot
Belgrave – Haut-Médoc – 5th Grand Cru Classé
57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 39% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot
La Tour Carnet – Haut-Médoc – 5th Grand Cru Classé

Flight n°7 / Vignobles Dourthe

Pey La Tour Réserve – Bordeaux Supérieur
90% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Petit Verdot; 2% Cabernet Franc
Rahoul – Graves Rouge
59% Merlot; 36% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petit Verdot
Reysson – Haut-Médoc
88% Merlot; 9% Petit Verdot; 3% Cabernet Franc
Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
72% Merlot; 28% Cabernet Franc
La Garde – Pessac-Léognan Rouge
63% Merlot; 37% Cabernet Sauvignon
Belgrave – Haut-Médoc – 5th Grand Cru Classé
57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 39% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot
Le Boscq – Saint-Estèphe
47% Cabernet Sauvignon; 47% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot

 

 

Flight n°8 / Margaux  – part 1

Arsac – Margaux
72% Cabernet Sauvignon; 28% Merlot
Tour de Bessan – Margaux
49,6% Merlot; 43,8% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6,6% Petit Verdot
Tour de Mons – Margaux
Labégorce – Margaux
Baron de Brane – Margaux
65% Merlot; 30% cabernet sauvignon; 4% cabernet franc; 1% petit verdot
Desmirail – Margaux
40% Cabernet Sauvignon; 50% Merlot; 5% Petit Verdot; 5% Cabernet franc
Prieuré Lichine – Margaux – 4th Grand Cru Classé
65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 5% Petit Verdot
Marquis d’Alesme – Margaux – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
Marquis de Terme – Margaux – 4th Grand Cru Classé
55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 41% Merlot; 4% Petit-Verdot

Flight n°9 / Margaux – part 2

Du Tertre – Margaux – 5th Grand Cru Classé
57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Cabernet franc; 15% Merlot; 5% Petit Verdot
Dauzac – Margaux – 5th Grand Cru Classé
63% Cabernet Sauvignon; 37% Merlot
Cantenac Brown – Margaux – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
69% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot
Kirwan – Margaux – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 32% Merlot; 7% Cabernet franc; 6% Petit Verdot
Rauzan Gassies – Margaux – 2nd Grand Cru Classé
76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 24% Merlot
Lascombes – Margaux – 2nd Grand Cru Classé
Giscours – Margaux – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
Malescot St Exupéry – Margaux – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot; 5% Petit-Verdot
Brane-Cantenac – Margaux – 2nd Grand Cru Classé
74% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Merlot; 1% Cabernet franc; 1% Petit Verdot; 1% Carménère
Rauzan Ségla – Margaux – 2nd Grand Cru Classé
72% Cabernet Sauvignon; 26% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot
2nd year in conversion to organic farming

Flight n°10 / Saint-Julien

Fiefs de Lagrange – Saint-Julien
48% Cabernet Sauvignon; 41% Merlot; 11% Petit Verdot
Connétable de Talbot – Saint-Julien
56% Cabernet Sauvignon; 44% Merlot
Du Glana – Saint-Julien
65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Merlot
Gloria – Saint-Julien
50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 9% Petit Verdot
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Lagrange – Saint-Julien – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
86% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot
Langoa Barton – Saint-Julien – 3rd Grand Cru Classé
56,5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 41% Merlot; 2,5% Cabernet Franc
Talbot – Saint-Julien – 4th Grand Cru Classé
70% Cabernet Sauvignon; 25% Merlot; 5% Petit Verdot
Saint-Pierre – Saint-Julien – 4th Grand Cru Classé
80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Branaire-Ducru – Saint-Julien
60,5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31,5% Merlot; 5,5% Cabernet Franc; 2,5% Petit Verdot
Beychevelle – Saint-Julien – 4th Grand Cru Classé
54% Cabernet Sauvignon; 42% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot
Léoville Barton – Saint-Julien – 2nd Grand Cru Classé
83% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11,5% Merlot; 5,5% Cabernet franc

Flight n°11 / Pauillac

Fleur Peyrabon – Pauillac
30% Merlot; 57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Petit Verdot
Lacoste Borie – Pauillac
56% Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Merlot; 9% cabernet franc
Croizet Bages – Pauillac – 5th Grand Cru Classé
65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 34% Merlot; 1% Petit Verdot
Grand Puy Ducasse – Pauillac – 5th Grand Cru Classé
58% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot
Lynch Moussas – Pauillac – 5th Grand Cru Classé
Grand Puy Lacoste – Pauillac – 5th Grand Cru Classé
79% cabernet sauvignon; 21% Merlot

Flight n°12 / Saint-Estèphe

Tronquoy – Saint-Estèphe
59% Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot
Meyney – Saint-Estèphe
58% Cabernet Sauvignon; 29% Merlot; 13% Petit Verdot
In conversion to organic farming
Haut-Marbuzet – Saint-Estèphe
50% Merlot; 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Petit Verdot; 2% Cabernet Franc
Phélan Ségur – Saint-Estèphe
56% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Cabernet franc
Cos Labory – Saint-Estèphe – 5th Grand Cru Classé

Flight n°13 / Graves & Pessac-Léognan

Haura – Graves
Clos Floridène – Graves
66% Cabernet Sauvignon – 34% Merlot
Chantegrive – Graves
65% Merlot; 34% Cabernet Sauvignon; 1% Petit Verdot
Haut Bergey – Pessac-Léognan
45% Merlot; 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Cabernet Franc; 8% Petit Verdot
Organic Farming & Biodynamics
Esprit de Chevalier – Pessac-Léognan
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Carbonnieux – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 5% Cabernet franc; 5% Petit Verdot
Bouscaut – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
56% Merlot; 29% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Malbec
Latour-Martillac – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 42% Merlot; 8% Petit Verdot
Malartic-Lagravière – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
53% Cabernet Sauvignon; 43% Merlot; 2,5% Petit Verdot; 1,5% Cabernet franc
Domaine de Chevalier – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 3% Petit Verdot; 2% Cabernet franc
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Pape Clément – Pessac-Léognan – Cru Classé
60% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Flight n°14 / Saint-Emilion – part 1

Lusseau – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
70% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Pierre 1er – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
79% Merlot; 21% Cabernet Franc
Mangot – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
65% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Organic Farming – In conversion to biodynamics
Clos La Gaffelière – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
85% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc
Laroze – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
60% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Haut-Brisson – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
95% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc
La Fleur – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Lassègue – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
60% Merlot; 35% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clos des Jacobins – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
80% Merlot; 18% Cabernet Franc; 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Flight n°15 / Saint-Emilion – part 2

Puyblanquet – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc
Tour Saint-Christophe – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc
In conversion to organic farming
Confession – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
71% Merlot; 27% Cabernet Franc; 2% Malbec
Laroque – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
98% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc
Rol Valentin – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
78% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc; 7% Malbec
Fombrauge – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
71% Merlot; 29% Cabernet Franc
Franc Mayne – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
100% Merlot
Organic Farming
Grand Corbin Despagne – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc; 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Organic Farming
Couvent des Jacobins – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
82% Merlot; 14% Cabernet Franc; 4% Petit Verdot
Organic Farming
Corbin – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
90% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc
Chauvin – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
78% Merlot; 18% Cabernet Franc; 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Flight n°16 / Saint-Emilion – part 3

Tour Figeac – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
60% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Franc
Organic Farming
Fonroque – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
95% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc
Organic Farming
Faugères – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
70% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bellefont Belcier – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Fleur Cardinale – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
75% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
In conversion to organic farming
Dassault – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
77% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Le Prieuré – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
92% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc
Monbousquet – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
La Dominique – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
88% Merlot; 11% Cabernet Franc; 1% Cabernet Franc

Flight n°17 / Saint-Emilion – part 4

Arômes de Pavie – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
50% Merlot; 50% Cabernet Franc
Grand Mayne – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
75% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Franc
Berliquet – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
65% Merlot; 35% Cabernet Franc
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Croix de Labrie – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
84% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Cabernet Franc
Certifié Agriculture Biologique
Péby Faugères – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
100% Merlot
Certifié Agriculture Biologique
La Gaffelière – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
60% Merlot; 40% Cabernet Franc
Larcis Ducasse – Saint-Emilion – 1st Grand Cru Classé B
86% Merlot; 14% Cabernet Franc
Pavie Macquin – Saint-Emilion – 1st Grand Cru Classé B
80% Merlot; 19% Cabernet Franc; 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Canon – Saint-Emilion – 1st Grand Cru Classé B
75% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Franc
2nd year in conversion to organic farming

Flight n°18 / Pomerol – part 1

Sacré Cœur – Pomerol
100% Merlot
Manoir de Gay – Pomerol
Clos Vieux Taillefer – Pomerol
100% Merlot
Montviel – Pomerol
80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc
Mazeyres – Pomerol
Organic Farming & Biodynamics
Bon Pasteur – Pomerol
80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc

Flight n°19 / Pomerol – part 2

Feytit-Clinet – Pomerol
Croix Saint-Georges – Pomerol
100% Merlot
Clos du Clocher – Pomerol
Beauregard – Pomerol
67% Merlot; 27% Cabernet franc; 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Organic Farming
Vray Croix de Gay – Pomerol
90% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc
Organic Farming
Le Gay – Pomerol
90% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc
Gazin – Pomerol
93% Merlot; 4% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Cabernet franc

Flight n°20 / Bordeaux Blancs & Graves

Dourthe N°1 – Bordeaux Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Marjosse – Bordeaux Blanc
40% Sauvignon Blanc; 15% Sauvignon Gris; 40% Sémillon; 5% Muscadelle
Mont-Pérat – Bordeaux Blanc
Reynon – Bordeaux Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Lune d’Argent – Bordeaux Blanc
70% Semillon; 30% Sauvignon Blanc
G de Guiraud – Bordeaux Blanc
53% Sauvignon Blanc; 47% Semillon
Organic Farming
Doisy-Daëne BB – Bordeaux Blanc
Caillou Blanc de Château Talbot – Bordeaux Blanc
71% Sauvignon Blanc; 29% Sémillon
Rahoul Blanc – Graves Blanc
87% Sémillon; 13% Sauvignon Blanc
Chantegrive Cuvée Carole – Graves Blanc
Clos Floridène – Graves Blanc
57 % Sauvignon Blanc – 43 % Sémillon

Flight n°21 / Pessac-Léognan Blanc

Esprit de Chevalier – Pessac-Léognan Blanc
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Bouscaut – Pessac-Léognan Blanc – Cru classé
La Garde – Pessac-Léognan Blanc
94% Sauvignon Blanc; 6% Sémillon
Carbonnieux – Pessac-Léognan Blanc – Cru classé
65% Sauvignon Blanc; 35% Semillon
Latour-Martillac – Pessac-Léognan Blanc – Cru classé
52% Sauvignon Blanc; 48% Sémillon
Domaine de Chevalier – Pessac-Léognan Blanc – Cru classé
70% Sauvignon Blanc; 30% Sémillon
2nd year in conversion to organic farming
Pape Clément – Pessac-Léognan Blanc
63% sauvignon blanc; 35% semillon; 2% muscadelle

Flight n°22 / Sauternes & Barsac

Doisy Védrines
90% Sémillon; 8% Sauvignon; 2% Muscadelle
Doisy-Daëne
Sigalas Rabaud
100% Sémillon
Guiraud
65% Sémillon; 35% Sauvignon Blanc
Organic Farming
La Tour Blanche
85% Semillon; 10 % Sauvignon Blanc; 5 % Muscadelle
In conversion to organic farming
Lafaurie Peyraguey
95 % Sémillon, 5 % Sauvignon blanc

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