Bordeaux 2010: You've Got Questions, We'll Get Answers!

by Chuck Hayward

Join Us For Bordeaux En Primeurs!

You've got Questions...We'll get Answers.

Each year, our team of wine specialists spends a week in Bordeaux at En Primeurs, meeting with winemakers, Chateau owners and negociants on both banks. We taste literally hundreds of wines during the course of the week, make our tasting notes, and choose what we'll offer on futures that year.

Our Bordeaux customers have always enjoyed our coverage of the events and our perspective and buying recommendations for the vintage at hand. But this year, in addition to our usual blog and Twitter posts, Facebook updates, and annual Bordeaux Vintage Report, we've decided to do something a little bit different...

Video journalist, blogger, and winemaker Hardy Wallace (yeah !!!) will be embedded with our team, capturing all the action on location at the UGC events and posting updates to our social media channels.

But the fun doesn't doesn't end there! This year, we want you to be a part of our adventure. Ask us anything you'd like to know about the 2010 Bordeaux vintage, or any other Bordeaux-related question for that matter. We'll film the response on location and post it back to you here!

Maybe you'd like to ask Jean-Guillaume Prats a question about his 2010 Cos d’Estournel, or Alfred Tesseron a question about his Pontet-Canet. Or perhaps you'd like to know more about exciting Bordeaux up-and-comers—ask Jeffrey Davies, one of our top negociant suppliers who always has his finger on the pulse of Bordeaux.

Scroll down for our week-long schedule of activities, then post those burning questions to the comments area below. We can't promise we'll be able to answer each and every question, but we'll do our best.

The JJ Buckley Team

JJ Buckley Bordeaux Itinerary

April 1st
Team 1 arrives into BDX
Dinner at Chateau Lagrange

April 2nd
Team 2 arrives into BDX
Meeting and tasting with negociant A
Meeting and tasting with Stephane Derenoncourt
Dinner at Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

April 3rd
Visits and tastings at Chateau Pavie, Monbousquet, Pavie-Decesse, Bellevue Mondotte, Monbousquet and Chateau Gracia
Meeting and tasting with negociant B
Meeting and tasting with negociant C
Meeting and tasting with negociant D
Dinners at Chateau Kirwan and Chateau Prieure-Lichine

April 4th
Visits and tastings at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Leoville-Las Cases
Lunch at Cos d'Estournel
Visit and tasting at Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer
Tasting of all Margaux appellation wines at Chateau Lascombes
Meeting and tasting at negociant E
Dinners at Chateau Lascombes and Chateau Beychevelle

April 5th
Meeting and tasting at negociant F
Lunch at Pontet Canet
Tasting of all Graves/Pessac appellation wines at Chateau Malartic Lagraviere
Visit and tasting at Chateau Montrose
Tasting of all Pauillac/St Estephe/St Julien appellation wines at Chateau Branaire Ducru
Visit and tasting at Chateau Haut Brion
Dinners at Chateau Pape Clement and Malescot St-Exupery

April 6th
Meeting and tasting at negociant G
Tasting of all Pomerol appellation wines at Chateau La Pointe
Tasting at Circle Rive Droite - Right Bank tasting
Tasting of all St Emilion appellation wines at Chateau La Couspaude
Visits and tastings at Chateau Ausone, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Barde Haut, Chateau Le Gay and Chateau Fonplegade
Dinner at Chateau Clinet

April 7th
Meeting and tasting with negociant H
Tasting at Moueix
Visit and tasting at Vieux Chateau Certan
Tasting at La Grappe (all wines of Stephane Derenoncourt)
Visits and tastings at Chateau La Conseillante, Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere, Chateau L'Eglise Clinet, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Chateau Haut-Bailly
Dinners at La Grappe and Domaine de Chevalier

April 8th
Visits and tastings at Chateau Tetre Roteboeuf, Chateau Angelus
Lunch at Chateau Troplong Mondot
Visit and tasting at Chateau d'Yquem
Dinner at Rauzan Segla

April 9th
Depart for Verona, Italy

When you see 'tasting at negociant X', we usually taste 50-150 wines at a time. This means we will sample many of the same wines 3-4 times throughout the week. And in case you are wondering how we can eat two dinners in one night, its because we actually have two JJB teams who are tasting and visiting separately.