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Home > News > Events > The annual US and Canadian tour of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux
01 Feb 2014

The annual US and Canadian tour of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux

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A delegation of the Union des Grands Crus has just returned from their annual tour of the US and Canada to present the 2011 vintage.

Starting with Toronto, Canada, and finishing on the 25th of January in San Francisco, California, this 10-day trip encompassed several major North American cities.

bouteilles Château La Louvière 2011

The tour provided an opportunity for both trade professionals and Bordeaux wine enthusiasts to attend large-scale tastings featuring wines from some 125 different Bordeaux estates and to meet the winemakers. Who could possibly be better qualified to talk about the wines?

Vignobles André Lurton were represented and poured 2011 Château La Louvière (red and white).

The programme was quite heavy:

San Francisco tasting

Tasting of UGCB in San Fancisco

  •  16 January 2014 - Toronto: LCBO tasting (attended by 5-600 enthusiasts).
  • 17 January 2014 - Washington: Tasting with Calvert Woodley (distributor) at the Park Hyatt hotel.
  • 20 January 2014 - New York: Tasting restricted to professionals (distributors, restaurateurs, wine shop employees, etc.), at the Waldorf Astoria hotel (nearly 800 participants).
  • 20 January 2014 - New York: Tasting for consumers with Sherry Lehmann (about 300 people attended).
  • 23 January 2014 - Las Vegas: Tasting for wine enthusiasts with Lee's Wine Experience and Gil Lempert-Schwarz.
  • 24 January 2014 - Los Angeles: Trade & Press Tasting as well as a consumer tasting organised with Wally's.
  • 25 January 2014 - San Francisco: Consumer tasting organised with K. & L.

The 2011 vintage is sometimes called "strange and mysterious" due to the unique weather conditions ("summer in spring and summer without summer...") and great heterogeneity. However, the 2011s had a good surprise in store for American buyers and consumers, who often approached the tasting with negative preconceptions.  In the end, the wines were very well-received and found to be eminently pleasurable, with the added bonus of being ready to drink earlier than the 2009 and 2010 vintages, which feature greater ageing potential.

 The 2011 vintage will unquestionably provide many occasions for conviviality and enjoyment!

Las Vegas Tasting

Tasting of UGCB in Las Vegas