”Bordeaux, yes, but which vintage?” Does it matter?

For Bordeaux people talk vintages. Vintages are a subject of discussion also in other regions, but not as much as in Bordeaux. The reason is perhaps that this is where you can find investment-grade wines. Wines that you don’t buy to drink but buy to sell, hopefully at a profit. It is a very small fraction of Bordeaux wines that you can buy as investment, and really only certain vintages of those. Hence the vintage fixation.

Even if one cannot afford (or does not want to pay the high price of) these investment wines it can be interesting to know a bit about vintages. But one should never simply reject a vintage. There are no “bad” vintages! Some years give a riper and softer style, others can be tighter or more structured. Bordeaux producers with a certain ambition make good wines every year, but in different styles. You don’t believe us?

Then come on the wine tour to Bordeaux in May and judge for yourself!

Le Grand Theatre in Bordeaux

Le Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Bottles aging in the cellar at Clos Fourtet, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

Bottles aging in the cellar at Clos Fourtet, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Wines lined up for tasting at a chateau in Saint Emilion

Wines lined up for tasting at a chateau in Saint Emilion, copyright BKWine Photography

The barrel cellar at Chateau Dauphine in Bordeaux

The barrel cellar at Chateau Dauphine in Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Tasting a few wines of various vintages at the chateau

Tasting a few wines of various vintages at the chateau, copyright BKWine Photography

Old wine bottles resting in the cellar

Old wine bottles resting in the cellar, copyright BKWine Photography

Old wine bottles resting in the cellar

Old wine bottles resting in the cellar, copyright BKWine Photography

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