More Than 40 Chateaux from Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux to Debut the 2013 Wine Futures Vintage, Along with 2011 and 2010 Varietals
Exclusive Tastings for the Trade and the Public at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – March 2014: The famed Le Cercle Rive Droite, representing the premier Merlot based winemakers of the Right Bank and Le Cercle Rive Gauche, the paralleled organization representing the top Cabernet based winemakers of the Left Bank, have united under one cause – The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux.
On Monday, April 7th for one day only over 40 winemakers from The Grand Cercle will treat Angelenos to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions, ranging from the 2013 “en primeur” vintage (“wine futures”) to the most widely celebrated 2011 and 2010 varietals.
Only the most respected winemakers are invited to join the ranks of this elite organization. Now with almost 200 chateaux under this umbrella, the mission has been set to enlighten wine drinkers from connoisseur to novice across the globe about the superb, top-of-the-range, reasonably priced wines teeming from this famous French wine region.
Weather, a prominent factor in all winemaking, has taken a specific toll on the 2013 harvest across all of France, with frigid temperatures and freezing rain throughout the growing season. And in July, one of the worst storms in Medoc since 1999 came barreling through the Left Bank followed by record-breaking hail. The greatly reduced Bordeaux harvest fewer makes previewing this limited vintage an even more impressive and exceptional coup.
Two outstanding events are produced by LearnAboutWine.com. For members of the trade and press, the winemakers will proudly showcase their vintages at Casa de Mar in Santa Monica (1910 Ocean Way) on April 7, 2014, from 12pm – 5pm. The trade may register for the event at Trade Grand Cercle Vins de Bordeaux.
For the consumer, a rare tasting has been added, offering the public the opportunity to sample some of the best French Cabernet and Merlot vintages from the past few years. This select consumer tasting will also be held at Casa del Mar and is scheduled from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The consumer tasting includes a generous Silent Auction, featuring rare to find Magnums of prestigious Bordeaux wines, and benefits THE TJ MARTELL FOUNDATION for Children’s Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets are $75 for 6:30 General Admission and $125 for 6pm VIP tickets with early entrance and buffet dinner. Consumer tickets may be purchased from Learn About Wine through Consumer Grand Cercle Vins de Bordeaux.
Dr. Alain Raynaud, president of The Grand Cercle, founder of Le Cercle Rive Droite in 2002 and once dubbed “Bordeaux Maverick” by Decanter Magazine, champions the shared commitment of each member of the organization. “The Grand Cercle wines are united by a code of practice with obligations ranging from the meticulous care of the grapes during harvest, to the protection of the vineyards and dedication to a minimal carbon footprint and to a continued quest for innovation.” A former general practitioner, Dr. Raynaud, owner of Château du Parc, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru since 2011, has been leaving a mark on the Bordeaux industry since the 1990’s. Media interviews will be available on site upon request.
About “En Primeur” Wines: The practice of “en primeur” is a trusted method utilized in the wine industry, particularly a popular practice amongst Bordeaux winemakers wherein critics and consumers are able to both taste and purchase the young vintage while the wine is still in the barrel. Typically “en primeur” wines are unveiled while still only 6-8 months in age and can act as a predictor for critics to assemble projections for how successful the harvest was and develop proper tasting notes for each wine. Purchasing “en primeur” vintages can even have a financial advantage for the consumer as the wines have not fully matured and factors including aging, climate control, blending of grapes, etc. have not been taken into account.
To register for the trade and press portion visit
Trade Grand Cercle Vins de Bordeaux
To purchase tickets for the consumer tasting visit
Consumer Grand Cercle Vins de Bordeaux
Tickets on sale now!
2014 PARTICIPATING WINERIES
Château Brande-Bergère Cuvée o’Byrne
Château Moulin Haut Laroque
Château Les Trois Croix
Château La Vieille Cure
Château Vray Croix de Gay
LALANDE DE POMEROL
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
Château Croix Cardinale
Château Magrez Fombrauge
Château du Parc
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU CLASSE
Château Fleur Cardinale
Château de Pressac
Château Le Prieuré
Château La Cardonne
Château Haut Condissas
Château Patache d’Aux
Château Rollan de By
Château Tour Séran
The Winemaker’s collection
Château Cap Léon Veyrin
Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons
Château Haut Bacalan
Château Haut Lagrange
Château de Myrat
Château Raymond Lafon