The 2021 vintage, which tested winegrowers’ nerves until the very end…
The harvest began with the white wines in early September, followed by the reds from the end of the month until mid-October. It signalled the end of a year marked by weather conditions that compelled winegrowers to go the extra mile. After an early start, the 2021 growing season was affected by frost in spring, leading to losses in highly localized areas. While initially slow to emerge, the summer eventually set in, with sunshine and a fairly dry month of August. As a result, the 2021 harvest began later than expected, and yields are lower compared to previous years. The unusual weather also accounts for the distinctive nuances of this vintage. This year’s grapes are remarkably sweet and well-balanced, conducive to producing elegant and harmonious wines. In the coming weeks, they will be transferred to the cellar to age for several months.
… to be presented “En Primeur” in April 2022
As the historic organiser, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux has confirmed that the next “En Primeur” tastings, bringing industry professionals from around the world, will take place from 25 to 28 April 2022. Health regulations permitting, this international event will be held in the iconic backdrop of Bordeaux. The aim for the UGCB is to continue to support industry activities and maintain longstanding ties between producers and professionals. The one-off format adopted for the previous two years to allow the “En Primeur” tastings to go ahead in the best possible conditions stands as a testimony to this.
The Bordeaux Grands Crus have confirmed their strong performance in France and abroad
The Bordeaux Grands Crus are still winning over fans. Sales have seen strong growth in the past year, both in France and all over the world. Exports of Bordeaux wines sold at over €22.50/bottle have exceeded 1.3 billion euros in the past 12 months. According to Ronan Laborde, President of the UGCB, several factors explain this growth. Firstly, the outstanding quality and style of Bordeaux wines, which appeal to enthusiasts. Secondly, the industry’s unique commercial approach, which has helped drive the market despite the restrictions in place