It should be stated that a judgement made 'en primeur' is little more than a snapshot of the vintage at the moment of tasting. In my view it is neither possible nor desirable to attempt to compare the wines at this stage to the same wines 'en primeur' in previous vintages. More valid comparisons may be made once the wine is finally in bottle. However, as these wines were tasted at their chateaux, they can be judged in the context of their vineyards. Each First Growth is the pinnacle of its appellation and it is ridiculous to imagine that the winemakes will select from the vats and barrels they have after the vintage anything but the very best to go into their 'Grand Vin'. Here is how the wines have appeared to me. Steven Spurrier.

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