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Bordeaux Databank 2003

If there is one thing on which all commentators are agreed for Bordeaux 2003, it is that there is great variability across the regions, and amongst producers. However, after a string of vintages that were declared "good" rather than outstanding (with the notable exception of 2000), it seems 2003 is a year to get excited about. Unusually hot, dry weather patterns meant yields were down, and the rush to secure the top wines 'en primeur' is back in earnest. For an explanation of 'en primeur', click here.

This Databank will be updated constantly throughout May and early June as prices are released by the Châteaux. Check back often for updates.



See wine-pages' own report from the en primeur tastings, with vintage assessment and tips for the top 30 wines. See also our consolidated table of critics' choices, with the picks of Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson and others.


See the table of
current prices for top wines and check back often as more are added as they are released by the Châteaux.
NEW: "fair value analysis" of what the top wines should cost.


     


Berry Bros & Rudd have a bit of a track record it is fair to say, having been trading from the same premises for over 300 years. As always, they offer a comprehensive and reliable en primeur selection, from the biggest names to selected petits Châteaux.
T: 01256 340123, E: cellaradvice@bbr.com
 

Albany Vintners is owned by Marcus Edwards, who filed his extensive report on the vintage for wine-pages (see above). Trading exclusively in fine wines, Albany Vintners are updating their 2003 offer daily with tasting notes, information and prices.
T: 0845 330 8858, E: sales@albanyvintners.com
 

Ballantynes of Cowbridge and Cardiff in Wales have been trading for over 25 years, supplying fine wines to the trade and private customers, with a great selection of Bordeaux, Burgundy and world wines. Sign-up for their 2003 Bordeaux updates.
T: 029 2022 2202, E: enq@ballantynes.co.uk
 

Bibendum is another well-established, top-flight fine wine merchant, and their comprehensive report and recommendations on Bordeaux 2003 is well worth a browse. Lots of top names, and very good value Crus Bourgeois are already on offer.
T: 020 7449 4120, E: sales@bibendum-wine.co.uk
 

Bordeaux Index is one of the top three fine wine traders in the UK, offering research, information and a comprehensive sales service. As well as detailed vintage summary, there is a constantly updated stream of breaking 2003 prices and tasting notes.
T: 020 7253 2110, E: sales@bordeauxindex.com
 

Fine & Rare Wines is one of the UK's leading merchants and wine traders, with a massive portfolio of wines and always keen prices. Their en Primeur offering is always one of the biggest, and you can sign-up for a free vintage assessment.
T: 020 8960 1995, E: wine@frw.co.uk
 

Liv-Ex is an electronic exchange for fine wine used by professional merchants, and has invaluable market information for private collectors. Liv-ex has just published its survey of all members on their hits and misses in the Bordeaux 2003 sweepstakes.
T: 020 7228 2233, E: admin@liv-ex.co.uk
 

Majestic needs little introduction of course, but as well as their massive shop range, they have offered Bordeaux en primeur for many years, concentrating only on a range of wines tasted and approved by their buying team. A full vintage report is available.
T: 01923 298 226, info@majestic.co.uk
 

Nickolls & Perks have an extensive tasting report you can download from their trip to Bordeaux, with a list of wines they will stock and guide prices (updated regularly as prices firm up). Established in 1787, N&P is another merchant with a history of reliability.
T: 01384 394518, E: will@nickollsandperks.co.uk
 

Oddbins Britain's most popular multiple wine store chain also offers Bordeaux en primeurs for the best vintages. Their special 2003 Bordeaux pages are now live, to register your interest and view the latest list of wines on offer. T: 0800 328 2323
E: customer.services@oddbinsmail.com
 

Seckford Wines is one of the UK's biggest stock-holders of fine wine, with an established track record for en primeurs. Fine wine supremo Marcus titley welcomes questions on 2003 Bordeaux, and there is a full report and opt-in mailing list for updates.
T: 01394 446622, E: marcus@seckfordwines.co.uk
 

* Wherever you invest your hard-earned cash, make sure you do so wisely. As a minimum you should pay by credit card, which carries some protection from the issuing company, and make sure the wines will be identified with your name or transaction number, not held in the merchant's name. Make sure you are happy to deal with the company, and are satisfied that they have a good trading record and are open and upfront about their business. Compare prices too - not all companies will charge the same.