2017 UGC N America Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles San Francisco


Wine Bottles Bordeaux

It’s that time once again for the UGCB,2017 UGC tour of North America is about to begin. for the 2017 schedule, the UGC will presenting the 2014 Bordeaux vintage in bottle. 2014 is a contender for the best year since 2010, especially for wines from the Left Bank. And, the wines have barely moved in price. This is important to note because 2015 is a more expensive vintage and while the wines have not yet been priced, I am willing to take bets that the 2016 vintage will be even more expensive than the 2015. This makes 2014 an interesting year for consumers. There are several wines this year that you will want to pay attention to. While the wines of the Medoc are in my view, are overall the better wines, there are also several chateaux that made outstanding wines from the Right Bank as well. And not forget to taste the dry white Bordeaux wines and the sweet wines too, as several estates made very strong efforts there as well.

You can read about the 2014 vintage with our ratings and reviews here:

2014 Bordeaux Vintage, Growing season and Harvest Report To read detailed tasting notes, reviews and ratings on all the best 2014 Bordeaux wines with over 400 wines tasted: 2014 Bordeaux Wine Tasting Notes

The UGC, (The Union of Grand Crus Bordeaux) is the best wine trade group in the world with about 135 chateaux active members from every appellation in Bordeaux. Fortunately for American consumers, the first tour of the year always kicks off in North America every January. It’s good for the Bordelais as well as this provides with the excuse, or chance, depending on their point of view to escape the bitter cold, snowy, January weather Bordeaux and enjoy some warmth and sunshine, depending on where they visit. This year, a visit to warmer climates is more than welcome as it has been a cold, snowy January in Bordeaux.

The 2017 UGC tour of North America begins January 20 in Miami, Florida. From there, January 22 is in Philadelphia, moving to New York, January 23, Toronto Canada, January 24, Chicago, January 25, Los Angeles 26 and wrapping this up, January 27 in San Francisco.

Keep in mind that some of these events are only open to members of the trade. Other 2017 UGC Bordeaux tastings are open to the general public. Also, not all members of the UGC will be presenting their wines at every venue. You will need to contact the host of each event for further details. For qualified members of the trade, please contact Balzac Communications for details.

This is the list of cities the UGC will visit in the United States and Canada in January, 2017.

January 20, Miami, Florida – Biltmore Hotel. Tickets are available from Total Wine at a cost starting at $150 per person. There is also a trade tasting earlier in the day at the Biltmore Hotel.

January 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rittenhouse Hotel.

January 23, New York – Sotheby’s is hosting the event. Tickets are $95. There is a trade tasting earlier in the day at Ciprani on East 42nd St.

January 24, Toronto, Canada – Royal Ontario Museum. Hosted by the LCBO, tickets are $140 per person.

January 25 Chicago – Drake Hotel. Tickets are available from Binnys. Both the trade tasting and the public tasting are being held at the Drake Hotel. The trade tasting takes place earlier in the day.

January 26 Los Angeles – The Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport – Tickets for the 2015 UGC Bordeaux wine tasting in Los Angeles are available from Wallys You can also call 310-475-0606. Tickets are $69 per person in advance.

January 27 San Francisco – Westin St Francis Hotel. Tickets are available from K&L Wine Merchants. There is a trade tasting at the Westin Hotel earlier that afternoon.

We will be at the Los Angeles tastings and will publish a detailed article with tasting notes and reviews from the event. If anyone else catches the event in LA, or in any of the other cities, we’d like to hear from you and your notes and comments on the event and on all the wines you tasted as well.

This is a list of the chateaux that might be at your local UGC Bordeaux tasting.


Château Batailley
Château Clerc Milon
Château d Armailhac
Château Croizet-Bages
Château Grand Puy Ducasse
Château Grand Puy Lacoste
Château Haut Bages Liberal
Château Lynch Bages
Château Lynch-Moussas
Château Pichon Baron
Château Pichon Lalande


Château d Angludet
Château Brane Cantenac
Château Cantenac Brown
Château Desmirail
Château du Tertre
Château Durfort Vivens
Château Ferriere
Château Giscours
Château Kirwan
Château Labegorce
Château Lascombes
Château Malescot St. Exupery
Château Marquis de Terme
Château Monbrison
Château Prieure-Lichine
Château Rauzan-Gassies
Château Rauzan-Segla
Château Siran

Pessac Leognan

Château Bouscaut
Château Carbonnieux
Château Les Carmes Haut Brion
Domaine de Chevalier
Château de Fieuzal
Château de Frances
Château Haut Bailly
Château Haut Bergey
Château Larrivet Haut Brion
Château La Louviere
Château La-Tour-Martillac
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere
Château Olivier
Château Pape Clement
Château Picque Caillou
Château Smith Haut Lafitte


Château Beauregard
Château Bon Pasteur
Château Clinet
Château La Cabanne
Château La Conseillante
Château la Croix de Gay
Château Gazin
Château Petit Village
Château la Pointe

St. Emilion

Château Balestard la Tonnelle
Château Beau-Sejour Becot
Château Berliquet
Château Canon
Château Canon La Gaffeliere
Château Clos Fourtet
Château Dassault
Château Figeac
Château Franc-Mayne
Château Grand Mayne
Château La Couspaude
Château La Dominique
Château La Gaffeliere
Château la-TourFigeac
Château Larcis Ducasse
Château Larmande
Château Pavie Macquin
Château Soutard
Château Troplong Mondot
Château TrotteVieille
Château Villemaurine

St. Estephe

Château Cos Labory
Château Lafon Rochet
Château de Pez
Château Ormes de Pez
Château Phelan Segur

St. Julien

Château Beychevelle
Château Branaire Ducru
Château Gloria
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Lagrange
Château Langoa Barton 
Château Leoville Barton
Château Leoville Poyferre
Château St. Pierre
Château Talbot


Château Bastor Lamontagne
Château Broustet
Château Climens
Château Coutet
Château de Fargues
Château Doisy Daene
Château Doisy Vedrines

Château Guiraud
Château La Tour Blanche
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Château de Malle
Château Nairac
Château de Rayne Vigneau
Château Sigalas Rabaud
Château Suduiraut

Haut Medoc Moulis Listrac

Château Beaumont
Château Belgrave
Château Camensac
Château Cantemerle
Château Citran
Château Chasse Spleen
Château Clarke
Château Coufran
Château Fonreaud
Château Fourcas Dupre
Château Fourcas Hosten
Château La Lagune
Château de Lamarque
Château Poujeaux
Château La Tour Carnet


Château Greysac
Château La-Tour-de-By

Château de Chantegrive
Château Ferrande
Château Rahoul


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