Bordeaux En Primeur 2007. What will it be like?

With the Bordeaux En Primeurs just round the corner, the wine world is wondering what the wine will be like this year. Some UK En Primeur merchants believe that the 2007 Bordeaux vintage will confound expectations. But with the difficult weather conditions during the harvest, nobody is really sure how the wines will taste. The 2006 vintage was contentious. 2005 was brilliant. What will 2007 be like? margaux2008.jpg

Pictured above is Château Margaux which is one of four wines to achieve First Growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification because of its high price. Château Margaux wine usually consists of approximately 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes.

The En Primeurs this year will give us a hint of what to expect from the 2007 vintage but we won’t know for sure until the wines hit the market in a few years. Regardless of the quality, prices may continue to rise because of increased demand from Asia specifically China. While consumption in India isn’t a significant factor, arguably that will change within a few years too. But as Decanter and others are reporting, Bordeaux producers are worried that the exchange rates and low yields will hurt them.
One thing is for certain, if you are planning to invest in En Primeurs you can’t go wrong with some names. The top performers over the last 40 years have been Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Léoville-Las-Cases. Pichon-Lalande, Cheval Blanc and Pétrus.

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