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barrel tasting at en primeur

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:00 pm
by david newman
Hi Jeff,

After reading that Cheval Blanc, one of my favorite wines (especially the 2010) will be vinifying all of their grapes into one wine, I started to wonder what barrels they have professional tasters taste at en primeur. Will they have you taste barrels that have already been mixed to the final percentage of varietals? only the best barrels based on the taste of the taster? etc. I guess what I am asking is if there is any manipulation of the tasting experience?

Re: barrel tasting at en primeur

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:22 am
by Jeff Leve
I started to wonder what barrels they have professional tasters taste at en primeur. Will they have you taste barrels that have already been mixed to the final percentage of varietals? only the best barrels based on the taste of the taster? etc. I guess what I am asking is if there is any manipulation of the tasting experience?

In the left bank the blends are almost always finished. That is not the case with the Right Bank. Samples are almost always prepared in advance in Bordeaux. You seldom taste from barrel. I am sure they pick their best barrels for tasters as well.

Re: barrel tasting at en primeur

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:34 pm
by david newman
OK. So all I can do is trust you Jeff. Good luck with the tastings.