2012 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

What did the latest vintage bring France's famed region? James Molesworth is tasting in Bordeaux for two weeks to find out. Follow along with his tasting notes and daily blogs
Mar 27, 2013

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux for the start of his annual ritual: tasting the barrel samples from the most recently completed vintage of red, white and sweet wines.

France's largest and arguably most prominent wine region unveils its newest wines every spring in a period called en primeur. It's the first time the wines are officially shown to the public—négociants, press, retail buyers and more all come through the region en masse to taste the wines. James is in Bordeaux this time to taste the 2012 vintage, sharing news from his château visits and reviews of the young wines. His barrel scores and tasting notes will help guide anyone interested in purchasing the wines as futures.

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