As I predicted in Vintage reputations - the struggle for truth, the Bordelais are pretty pleased with 2010, but they are also aware of the cynicism that prevails among us wine commentators. I for one can't wait to see how this new vintage tastes. I will be in Bordeaux for the usual primeurs season at the beginning of April but I am also going there next week and will try to wet my lips occasionally with this infant vintage.
Yesterday members of the Association of the 40-odd Grands Crus Classés of St-Émilion were in London to show off their 2007s and 2008s. I will of course publish my 80 or so tasting notes.
Incidentally, various producers told me that, while organising tasting visits for the primeurs season, they felt confident of renewed interest from the US. American buyers were a little thin on the ground in Bordeaux last year.
But first here are the views of a couple of producers on their latest production, the 2010s. First Otto Rettenmaier of Ch La Tour Figeac, and below him a slighlty longer film of Alain Moueix of Ch Fonroque (pictured above, with a portrait of Otto in the background), who describes how the St-Émillionnais themselves get together to taste the new vintage.