Tue 03 Feb 2015

A New Vintage in Bordeaux: Whites & Rosés


Our recent trip to Bordeaux was all about whites and rosés, to assess the 2014 vintage properly for the first time.

Vignobles Despagne

At Vignobles Despagne

At Despagne in the Entre-Deux-Mers, with winemaking team Joel and Virginie, we were impressed by the appetising freshness in these young wines, just being prepared for their first bottling run, in time for our offer of Bordeaux wines at the end of February.

We worked on the new blend of The Society’s Bordeaux Sauvignon, which involved tasting wines from individual growers and co-ops, and were more than happy with the result.

Blending The Society's Bordeaux Sauvignon

Blending The Society’s Bordeaux Sauvignon

At the Rauzan Co-op, where we buy La Perrière Bordeaux Blanc, we opted for a blend including some colombard for the first time.

Straight-talking technical director Jean-Marie is one of our favourite commentators, for the frankness and colour he brings to any vintage report. Whilst not an easy year, 2014 was brought back from the brink of disaster by a fine and long Indian summer. We enjoyed the whites (cooperateurs are being encouraged to plant colombard, partly as insurance against vine diseases that are particularly partial to the sauvignon varieties) but the reds we tasted looked extremely encouraging too, if a delicious merlot press wine was anything to go by.

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer


  1. John Wigglesworth says:

    I bought a mixed case of white Bordeaux in your 2011 en primeur offering. This included the lovely Clos Floridene and the amazing Chateau Bouscaut.

    I do hope you will be able to make another offering, and including these two would be a bonus.

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