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Grand Cercle hosts first UK en primeur tasting for promising 2015 vintage

Published:  07 March, 2016

The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux is to hold its 2015 vintage tasting on Wednesday, March 23.

The en primeur tasting will take place at Le Méridien Piccadilly between 4pm and 9pm.

It will feature some 50 crus from 2015 as well as a number of previous vintages.

Bordeaux's winemakers believe 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage, promising a high level of tannins, good acidity and aromatic complexity.

The region's marketing body, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux, has already claimed that 2015 offered "a nearly perfect growing season, similar to the great years of 2009, 2000, 1995 and 1990".

The Grand Cercle is reporting balanced and aromatic white wines of the highest quality from 2015, with reds also bearing the hallmarks of a high quality vintage.

Founded by Alain Raynaud in 2013, the Grand Cercle represents 183 estates across 30 appellations on both Bordeaux's left and right bank.

Members of the Grand Cercle must submit their wines to two obligatory blind tastings each year to ensure that the quality remains sufficiently high.

The market for en primeur Bordeaux in the UK has been challenging for a number of years, due to a series of unremarkable vintages, over-ambitious pricing and a stagnant secondary market.

Fluctuations in the sterling-to-euro exchange rate, driven by political turbulence surrounding the forthcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, is furthering uncertainty around en primeur pricing this year.

To register for the Grand Cercle tasting, please visit