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4st week (May the 22th to 26th) : VINEXPO SINGAPORE

Vinexpo took place in Singapore from 23 to 25 May. This was the first major event to be held on the Asian continent for 3 years (Covid crisis), and the cream of the French wine industry was there, resulting in a temporary slowdown in Bordeaux 2022 offers this week:
Bordeaux dry white: Latour-Martillac
Bordeaux sweet white: ---

Graves / Pessac-Léognan: Latour-Martillac
Médoc / Moulis / Listrac: Potensac
Margaux: ---
Saint-Julien: ---
Pauillac: ---
Saint-Estèphe: Tour des Termes, Ormes de Pez

Right bank / Libournais: Les Trois Croix
Pomerol: Fugue de Nénin, Bellegrave organic
Rhône Valley 2022 : For their part, Michel and Bastien Tardieu livened up the week with all their 2022s. True to their tradition of producing only the very best vintages and refraining from producing them when the circumstances are not right, 2022 marks the return of their famous Cornas Vieilles Vignes (not produced in 2021) but also the absence of their Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes rouge (not produced in 2022):
(VV = Vieilles Vignes = old vines)
Northern Rhône Valley white: Crozes-Hermitage VV, Saint-Joseph VV, Saint-Péray VV (new), Condrieu, Hermitage
Northern Rhône Valley red: Crozes-Hermitage VV, Saint-Joseph VV, Cornas, Cornas VV (new), Côte-Rôtie VV, Hermitage
Southern Rhône Valley white: Châteauneuf du Pape VV
Southern Rhône Valley red: Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Spéciale organic, Rasteau VV, Vacqueyras VV organic, Gigondas VV, Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Spéciale
Provence red: Bandol

3rd week (May the 15th to 17th) : ASCENSION DAY

Although shortened by the Ascension holiday, this week of barely three days saw sustained activity with the appearance of grands crus classés in several appellations (Pessac-Léognan white, Haut-Médoc, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion) and a total of more than 20 selected crus:

• Bordeaux dry white : Couhins organic
• Bordeaux sweet white : ---
• Graves / Pessac-Léognan : Couhins organic, Haut-Bergey organic
• Médoc / Moulis / Listrac : Lousteauneuf, Madame de Beaucaillou, Charmail, La Tour Carnet, Chasse-Spleen
• Margaux : La Gurgue organic, Prieuré-Lichine, Ferrière organic
• Saint-Julien : Le Petit Ducru, Beychevelle
• Pauillac : Duhart-Milon, Carruades de Lafite
• Saint-Estèphe : ---
• Right bank / Libournais : Peyrou organic, La Dauphine organic, Haut-Carles
• Pomerol : ---
• Saint-Émilion : Fombrauge, Poesia, Barde-Haut, Petit Gravet-Ainé organic, Clos Saint-Julien organic



2nd week (May the 9th to 12th) : KICK-OFF

The 2022 Futures really got underway this week with the appearance of significant labels such as Léoville-Barton, Angélus, Cheval Blanc...:

• Bordeaux dry white : ---
• Bordeaux sweet white : Coutet, Rayne Vigneau (new), Suduiraut, Climens bio (new)
• Graves / Pessac-Léognan : ---
• Médoc / Moulis / Listrac : Petit Manou, Mauvesin Barton, Clos Manou, Poujeaux
• Margaux : Deyrem Valentin, Siran
• Saint-Julien : Langoa Barton, Léoville Barton
• Pauillac : ---
• Saint-Estèphe : Meyney
• Right bank / Libournais : La Vieille Cure, Moulin Haut Laroque, Dalem, Clos Puy Arnaud, Louison et Léopoldine bio, La Mauriane bio, Clos Louie bio
• Pomerol : ---
• Saint-Émilion : Moulin Saint-Georges, La Dominique, Carillon d'Angélus, Angélus, Cheval Blanc
Accident of course: For 50 years, the Lurton family (Lucien, then Brigitte, then Bérénice) has perpetuated the status of Climens as the undisputed leader of Barsac, the finest and most delicate wine in the whole of Sauternes, with vintages that have become legendary, such as 1947, 1959, 1986.... Unfortunately, since 2016 (the last vintage offered en primeur), Climens has been absent from the market of great Bordeaux wines following an incredible succession of vintages without a harvest: 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021 (2019 small harvest not offered for sale and still in stock at the château).
Like the Phoenix: In financial peril, Bérénice Lurton has decided to put Climens up for sale, bought in 2022 by the Moitry family (known in the Parisian real estate business). The technical team remains in place under the direction of Frédéric Nivelle, Bérénice Lurton remains a consultant for future vintages, biodynamic viticulture remains the hallmark of the vineyard, and we are delighted to see the splendour of Climens reborn in 2022 with new means and new ambitions.

1st week (May the 2th to 5th) : WARM UP

The 2022 Futures started this week with some of the vintages preferring to offer their wines without waiting:

Bordeaux dry white : Clos Floridène, Doisy-Daëne, Larrivet Haut-Brion
Bordeaux sweet white : Doisy-Daëne

Graves / Pessac-Léognan : Clos Floridène, Larrivet Haut-Brion
Médoc / Moulis / Listrac : du Retout
Margaux : ---
Saint-Julien : ---
Pauillac : ---
Saint-Estèphe : ---

Right bank / Libournais : Reynon, Puyguéraud, Alcée
Pomerol : ---
Saint-Émilion : ---
The real launch will take place next week, with some very big names already announced (Suduiraut, Climens, Léoville-Barton, Angélus, Cheval Blanc...).
VAT: under the French Finance Act for 2022, VAT is now payable upon receipt of advance payments for the supply of goods. This obligation, applicable to residents of the European Union since 1 January 2023, therefore concerns the 2022 Futures, which is why all prices are now displayed with VAT.