The “En Primeur Week”, 25-28 April 2022, is the first date for the trade. This is when the chateaux present the young wines of the 202 vintage from the barrel to the buyers. Last year, the Union des Grand Crus innovated with a blend of on-line and small in-person tastings. This year everyone is looking forward to seeing each other again across the Bordeaux appellations.
Consumers will get their chance to taste the vintage later in the year. Thanks to a series of open-door events, tasting and château dinners in October.
The Bordeaux Wine Festival will be back in 2022 from 23 to 26 June; an open-air wine fiesta held on the banks of the Garonne in Bordeaux. Expect tastings to music, bodegas, food trucks and so much more, as wine makers and traders share their passion and products with the public. Restaurants will be celebrating as of June 16th with special menus, offers and events to warm you up for the main event.
Wine and Art
The Cite du Vin, the iconic interactive wine museum, hosts wine events all year long. From April to August 2022, a unique exhibition, ‘Picasso, l’effervescence des formes,’ will explore how wine and alcohol influenced and featured in Picasso’s work. It will also include paintings, drawings, ceramics, films, and so much more.
There’s art in the vines too. On the 12th of June, ‘l’Eté des Châteaux will see 13 Châteaux welcome artists; writers, painters, concerts and plays for a day of wine and culture. In July, The Biennale du Médoc will bring together a group of ten chateaux, each creating events around contemporary art and artists.
Afterwork drinks are planned through the summer in the Medoc. Twice a month, from June to September, five chateaux will host early evening events on alternate Thursdays.
75% of the Bordeaux vineyard is certified sustainable, a theme to explore in 2022. You don’t even need a car to visit Château Marquis de Terme, they are within walking distance of the Margaux train station. Once there, ride their bicycles or electric scooters through the vines and finish with a tasting at the Chateau. Then stay for lunch at the new Au Marquis restaurant. Or for an aperitif and snack at their Guinguette, which will re-open in April.
In neighbouring Château Dauzac you can spend a day with their beekeeper. Don’t forgot to leave with a pot of Château bottled honey!
In Sauternes, Chateau Guiraud also offers an eco-bike tour. Their bikes have a GPS showing all the environmentally friendly initiatives throughout the vineyard. If you have worked up an appetite, stay on for lunch or dinner in the beautiful La Chapelle restaurant.
Dine with wine
Other properties with restaurants include La Terrasse Rouge at Château Dominique in Saint Emilion, Château Malromé in the Entre Deux Mers, Café Lavinal at Château Lynch Bages in Pauillac, Michelin-starred Restaurant Lalique at Château Lafaurie Peyraguey in Sauternes.
For a more intimate experience, try a private Chateau dining experience. Chateau Soutard in Saint Emilion, Château Haut Bailly and Château Malartic Lagravière in Pessac Leognan will all offer you an exclusive welcome. For a really unique experience, I recommend the private teppanyaki Japanese dining experience at Chateau Lagrange in Saint Julien.
Bordeaux dining doesn’t have to be formal. Picnic in the park at Château de Cerons or Château Lamothe Bergeron, lunch by the pool at Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac or call in to the wine bar at Château George 7, also in Fronsac, to chat with owner Sally Evans.
Stay a while.
More and more Bordeaux chateaux are opening guest rooms. Choose from the understated elegance of Château Sigalas Rabaud in Sauternes , the contemporary chic of Château de Ferrand in Saint Emilion or the classic address of Château Le Pape.
There are spectacular brand new cellars to discover in 2022 at Château Haut Bailly, Château Figeac, Le Dome and Château Troplong Mondot.
2022 Bordeaux has something for everyone
By Wendy Narby
Cover photo: Cite_Du_Vin_XTU-Agency – photo_Arthur_Pequin