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Find the latest news, reports, scores and tasting notes from the Bordeaux 2012 en primeur campaign.

Keep up-to-date on next year's Bordeaux 2012 vintage with Decanter's full coverage including video interviews, expert analysis, harvest reports as well as scores and prices as they come in. See all of the Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur results here.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Paul Pontallier, Chateau Margaux

3rd June 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Paul Pontallier, managing director of Chateau Margaux, speaking during this year's official En Primeur week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Olivier Bernard, Domaine de Chevalier

3rd June 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier and president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, speaking during this year's official En Primeur week in...

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Alain Raynaud, Cercle Rive Droite

3rd June 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Alain Raynaud, president of the Cercle Rive Droite, speaking during this year's official En Primeur week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Philippe Dhalluin, Chateau Mouton Rothschild

3rd June 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Philippe Dhalluin, managing director of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, speaking during this year's official En Primeur week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Mouton tops Sotheby's en primeur list

29th May 2013

Chateau Mouton Rothschild was the 'clear winner' of the Bordeaux 2012 en primeur campaign, according to a league table released by Sotheby's Wine Retail in the US.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Charles Chevallier, Chateau Lafite Rothschild

28th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Charles Chevallier director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, including Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Duhart-Milon in Pauillac, Château Rieussec in...

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Figeac

Bordeaux 2012: Figeac drops 33% on 2011 as en primeur campaign draws to a close

23rd May 2013

The 2012 en primeur campaign has entered its final stages with the release of Vieux Chateau Certan, L’Eglise Clinet, Leoville Las Cases, Brane Cantenac, Figeac and Léoville Poyferré.

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Bordeaux 2012: Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Cos d'Estournel release below 2011 price

22nd May 2013

Chateau Ausone is ‘an unqualified success’ with a price drop of 28%, wine merchants say.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Herve Berland, Chateau Montrose

17th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Herve Berland, managing director of Chateau Montrose, speaking at this year's official En Primeur week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Montrose, Clinet, Domaine de Chevalier release

17th May 2013

New price releases are being met by an increasingly small pool of buyers in the Bordeaux 2012 campaign.

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Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur Christian Moueix

Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Christian Moueix

17th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Christian Moueix, winemaker and the president of the negociant house Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, speaking at this year's official En Primeur week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Hubert de Bouard, Chateau Angelus

15th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Hubert de Bouard, owner of Chateau Angelus, speaking about the 2012 vintage during the En Primeur tasting week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Pierre Lurton of Chateau Cheval Blanc

15th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Pierre Lurton, managing director of Chateau Cheval Blanc speaking about the 2012 vintage during the En Primeur tasting week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Video interview with Pierre Lurton of Chateau d'Yquem

13th May 2013

Watch our exclusive interview with Pierre Lurton, managing director of Chateau d'Yquem, speaking about the 2012 vintage during the En Primeur tasting week in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pichon Baron drop 10% on 2011

13th May 2013

Smith Haut-Lafitte and Pichon Baron head a fresh flurry of Bordeaux 2012 wine releases, as this year's campaign continues to lack vigour.

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Simon Staples

Bordeaux 2012: 'A campaign that will be forgotten' say merchants

3rd May 2013

So far the 2012 en primeur campaign has been disappointing for many importers save a handful of exceptions.

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Bordeaux 2012 Chateau Giscours

Bordeaux 2012: Pape Clement, Giscours, Lafon Rochet continue with price drops

1st May 2013

Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac-Leognan came out at €50 yesterday, down 12.5% from its 2011 price of €57.60 (and also a drop of 23% in its 2008 price).

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Video interview: Jeannie Cho Lee MW

26th April 2013

Watch our exclusive video interview with Jeannie Cho Lee MW where she gives her views on the quality of the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux during the official En Primeur tasting week..

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Bordeaux 2012: Palmer and Talbot release as campaign finishes second week

26th April 2013

Two weeks into the 2012 En Primeur campaign around one-third of Bordeaux’s classified wines on the left and right banks have been released.

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James Lawther MW

Bordeaux 2012 interview: James Lawther MW on the Right Bank

24th April 2013

Watch a video interview of James Lawther MW talking about the 2012 Bordeaux vintage, focusing on the right bank, during the official En Primeur 2012 tasting week...

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Bordeaux 2012: steady but unspectacular price drops

24th April 2013

Price drops continue to be steady rather than spectacular as the 2012 campaign continues its quick pace.

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Steven Spurrier

Interview: Steven Spurrier on the Bordeaux 2012 vintage

23rd April 2013

Watch a video interview of Steven Spurrier talking about the Bordeaux 2012 vintage during the official En Primeur 2012 tasting week...

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Bordeaux 2012: Full Decanter ratings

23rd April 2013

Click on a heading to sort Decanter's Bordeaux 2012 ratings by chateau, commune or rating

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Bordeaux 2012: Lafite releases 'most affordable' vintage

22nd April 2013

Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released what it calls 'the most affordable Lafite on the market' with its 2012 vintage, at €330 ex-Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: cautious optimism as Lynch Bages released

19th April 2013

Five days in to the 2012 campaign and there seems to be cautious optimism that the Bordeaux chateaux are listening to the market and are prepared to lower their prices.

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Bordeaux 2012: Mouton releases at €240

18th April 2013

The 2012 campaign sprang into life this morning - with Chateau Mouton Rothschild releasing at €240 a bottle, becoming 'pretty much the cheapest first growth in the world' as one wine merchant put it.

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Bordeaux 2012: Nearly 6000 visitors at En Primeur say official figures

17th April 2013

According to official figures, 5,800 people visited Bordeaux for En Primeur week to taste the 2012 vintage from barrel: a 7% increase on last year’s tasting of the 2011 vintage.

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Bordeaux 2012: Pessac, Pomerol, Margaux among bright spots

15th April 2013

The dry whites of Pessac Leognan have come out of this year's en primeur tastings with a solid vote of confidence from Decanter's tasting team – followed by Pomerol and Margaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Negociants 'serene' about 2012 but worried about effect on 2011

15th April 2013

Bordeaux negociants say they are ‘serene’ about the quality of 2012, but most agree that it will severely affect the saleability of the 2011 vintage – for the time being.

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Bordeaux 2012: 'No need to wait' says Moueix as La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy and Belair Monange released

2nd April 2013

JP Moueix sets the early tone ahead of en primeur tasting week by releasing their full 2012 range.

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Bordeaux 2012: mixed verdict on first look at Right Bank

21st March 2013

'Brittle' and 'lots of make-up' were two of the comments from critics as London had its first look at the 2012 vintage from Bordeaux’s Right Bank properties.

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Bordeaux 2012: testing vintage looks better for whites and roses say producers

14th March 2013

Bordeaux’s 2012 wines will express finesse rather than power after a year in which the weather tested winemakers' nerves to the limit, producers say.

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Chateau Rieussec will make no 2012 vintage

20th December 2012

Chateau Rieussec, the Sauternes estate owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has joined Chateau d’Yquem in announcing that it will not be making a 2012 vintage wine.

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Chateau d'Yquem will not make 2012 vintage

18th December 2012

Chateau d'Yquem has pulled out of making a Sauternes in 2012 after the vintage failed a post-harvest taste test.

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Bordeaux 2012: Emmanuel Boidron of Chateau Corbin Michotte

1st November 2012

Watch Decanter's exclusive video interview with Emmanuel Boidron of Chateau Corbin Michotte talking about the 2012 St Emilion harvest in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux 2012: Cru Bourgeois property will not make any 2012

29th October 2012

Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse, a 25-hectare cru bourgeois estate in Saint Sauveur in the northern Medoc, has announced that it will not be making a 2012 wine.

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Bordeaux 2012: Soft tannins and 'ripe fruit' potential say vignerons

26th October 2012

Bordeaux 2012 is a vintage with low, soft tannins and good fruit flavours, vignerons say – but a good deal of work is necessary in the winery to deliver that potential.

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Bordeaux 2012: Pickers on standby as late Sauternes harvest gets underway

4th October 2012

Sauternes will not be a great vintage, one producer has said, as vignerons hope last week’s rains will finally kick start development of botrytis, or noble rot.

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French vignerons ask government for insurance against bad harvests

25th September 2012

Independent winegrowers across France are calling on the government to underwrite an insurance scheme to protect them from the effects of bad harvests or currency fluctuations.

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Bordeaux 2012: White harvest finishes 20% down

24th September 2012

The majority of white grapes in the 2012 Bordeaux harvest have been brought safely in to the cellars under warm and sunny conditions, but the forecast for the week ahead is rain, complicating...

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Cru Bourgeois may add hierarchy to list

21st September 2012

The Cru Bourgeois Alliance is planning to introduce two or three new levels into its annual listing – possibly for the 2012 vintage.

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Bordeaux 2012: Region braces itself for 'winemaker's vintage'

30th August 2012

The Bordeaux 2012 harvest will be several weeks later than in recent years – and France's overall harvest will be the smallest since 1991, according to the agriculture minister.

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