Bibendum Annual Bordeaux Tasting

Following the success of last year's event, many top Bordeaux producers are leaving the safety of their châteaux to put their wines to the test at the Bibendum Annual Bordeaux Tasting. This fascinating event will take place at the Nursery Pavilion, Lord’s Cricket Ground, between 4pm and 8pm on Wednesday 25 April.

Under normal circumstances, merchants and press travel to Bordeaux for the Union des Grands Cru trade tastings. But at the Bibendum tasting, 53 legendary producers such as Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Cheval Blanc, Château d'Yquem and Château Léoville Barton will be exposing themselves to British public opinion and it will be up to you to taste, debate and pass judgement. As well as trying 2006 wines, guests will also be able to try two other recent vintages from each châteaux as a comparison.

En Primeur is the wine trade’s version of the financial futures market. Conceived as a way for wine producers to even out their cash flow, they sell wines well in advance of bottling at advantageous prices. An En Primeur event offers tasters a tantalising glimpse of these wines in their infancy, many years before they are scheduled to be drunk.

After an En Primeur tasting, the wines return to their slumber, and are not bottled for an average of two more years. Duty and VAT are then payable on arrival of the wine, which in this case will be around April 2009. Some enthusiasts choose to open a bonded storage account and this is an excellent option for storing and ageing Bordeaux under optimum conditions.

The Bibendum tasting should be a serious consideration for anyone interested in buying wine from Bordeaux, and provides a unique opportunity to meet owners and wine makers from the châteaux. Producers will also be pouring their 2006 vintages straight from the barrel, as well as other vintages from their own cellar.