Bordeaux 2012 – the guide


7 May – I think we have probably all had enough of this distinctly lacklustre primeurs campaign. In many cases the prices don't seem to have fallen far enough to ignite interest, or bordeaux is generally out of favour, or perhaps bordeaux lovers simply have enough wine in their cellars. Whatever the reasons, this guide will no longer hog the top of our home page. Personally, I am much keener on the recently declared 2011 vintage ports. See my overview and tasting notes.

If Bordeaux en primeur is routinely ridiculed as a 'circus', then welcome to your front seat at the Big Top. Below are the links to all of our coverage of this vintage: the clowns, the acrobats, the jugglers, the tightrope walkers, and the fire eaters. Not forgetting the odd elephant in the room...

We are pleased to say that we have tasting notes on almost 500 bordeaux 2012s. Please note that the tasting article titles will link to the relevant article only once they are published, but there are already other, more general articles below the list of tasting articles.

TASTING ARTICLES (most recent first)

Bordeaux 2012 ten years on – right-bank reds and sweet whites 21 March 2022
Bordeaux 2012 ten years on – left-bank reds 18 March 2022
Bordeaux 2012 at Southwold - the left bank 11 Feb 2016
Bordeaux 2012 at Southwold – the right bank 10 Feb 2016
Bordeaux 2012 at Southwold – the whites 9 Feb 2016
Bordeaux 2012 in bottle 11 Dec 2014
Cru bourgeois 2012s 10 Nov 2014
The last three Bordeaux vintages? 1 April 2014
Remember Bordeaux 2012? 19 Sep 2013
Bordeaux 2009-2012 compared 6 Aug 2013
A (mostly right bank) selection tasted at Bibendum's UK En Primeur tasting in May
Sweet whites 30 April 2013
Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol and Fronsac 29 April 2013
St-Émilion and satellites 26 April 2013
St-Estèphe 25 April 2013
Pauillac 24 April 2013
St-Julien 23 April 2013
Margaux 22 April 2013
Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Moulis and Listrac 18 April 2013
AOC Bordeaux and Côtes 17 April 2013
Dry whites and a rosé
Pessac-Léognan and Graves

GENERAL ARTICLES (most recent first)

Ch Meyney 2012 St-Estèphe (Wines of the Week) 28 July 2017
Bordeaux 2012 – some nice surprises (Free for all) 13 Feb 2016
Pavie and Angélus – folie à deux? (Don't quote me) 26 Apr 2013
Security innovation at Le Pin (Inside information) 25 Apr 2013
Bordeaux 2012 – a timorous vintage (Free for all/FT) 20 Apr 2013
Any interest in 2012 Bordeaux? (Forum discussion) ongoing
Weather report – a summary (Free for all) 8 Apr 2013
End in sight at last (Free for all) 17 Oct 2012
Done and dusted at Sours (Inside information) 15 Oct 2012
Almost the end for Sours (Inside information) 8 Oct 2012
The Late Show (Free for all) 5 Oct 2012
Coping with the rain (Inside information) 1 Oct 2012
Trouble ahead? (Inside information) 24 Sep 2012
The heat continues (Inside information) 20 Sep 2012
Late baked (Inside information) 17 Sep 2012
Early pickings (Free for all) 3 Sep 2012
Scorching summer, but no rush (Inside information) 23 Aug 2012