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Taste Bordeaux 2011 with Bibendum

I just received an email from Bibendum entitled “Bibendum Bordeaux 2012 Tasting”. I’m sure they are referring to the 2011 vintage, tasted in 2012, but I did wonder if they weren’t taking an idea from my recent post, Bordeaux En Primeur: An Alternative Guide for Critics, and getting in early with a tasting of next year’s vintage.

Then when I looked at the date I see the tasting in question is taking place in May last year. Hmmm; this is going to be a difficult tasting to get to.

Putting such frivolity aside, I commend Bibendum on their continued efforts to bring the latest Bordeaux vintage to consumers; no longer need you depend on the words of critics and their pronouncements from on high. Unfortunately you do need to be able to get to London on May 9th, I presume this year rather than last, so those living in or near the UK’s capital city are at an obvious advantage. I recommend you go if you can; tastings like these were my introduction to embryonic Bordeaux, and the wines are certainly open to judgement; style of fruit, level of ripeness and quality and integration of tannins are some the key features to look for. Plus, you get to experience wines that may be beyond your usual budget, and there are always older vintages as well as the young. If I wasn’t heading out to Bordeaux for the primeurs themselves this weekend, I would certainly make the effort to attend.

Here is Bibendum’s email in full:

On Wednesday May 9th Bibendum will be hosting London’s largest 2011 Bordeaux En Primeur tasting at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

With over 100 wines on show, presented by the chateaux owners themselves, this is your best opportunity to taste the wines and form your own judgement on the vintage.


This year there will be a record 100 chateaux attending and the list includes Angelus, Figeac, Gazin, Haut Bailly, La Conseillante, Lynch Bages, Leoville Barton, Leoville Las Cases, Montrose, Pichon-Longueville Baron, Troplong Mondot and Suduiraut.

Once again we will be asking every chateau to bring with them both their 2011 vintage and an older wine. Over 150 important clarets for you to taste.


There has been much talk about the 2011 vintage. There is much debate surrounding the 2011s, but what are the wines really like?

Taste the wines, talk to the chateaux owners and decide for yourself.


Tickets cost £40. However, numbers are limited so please order promptly to avoid disappointment.

Bibendum Bordeaux Tasting – Wednesday, 9th May

Date: Wednesday, 9th May 2011 [I am sure they mean 2012 - Chris]
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Venue: Nursery Pavilion, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QN
Tickets: £40
How to book: sales@bibendum-wine.co.uk or phone 020 7449 4120

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