Bordeaux 2013 – the trade’s view

Each year Liv-ex surveys the international wine trade upon their return from tasting the new Bordeaux vintage. The survey is designed to track the consensus amongst the best professional tasters of young Bordeaux. Liv-ex’s membership numbers 440 of the world’s biggest buyers and sellers of fine wine.

In summary, as voted for by the Liv-ex membership:

  • Yquem is the wine of the 2013 vintage.
  • Grand Puy Lacoste tops the “value for money” category.
  • Margaux was the most disappointing wine (but also the third favourite).
  • The vintage scored 88 (out of 100) on average, the same as 2007.
  • The 2013 First Growths were voted worst in terms of quality out of 07, 08, 11 and 12.
  • 78% of merchants expect significantly less demand (down >20% on 2012) for the 2013s.
  • Release prices are expected to be down 10% on 2012 but still up 26% on 2008 in Euro terms.

For the full survey report, including top ten wines of the vintage, price predictions and comments on Bordeaux 2013, please click here.

For En Primeur coverage, including scores and release prices, please go to the Liv-ex Bordeaux 2013 pages


3 thoughts on “Bordeaux 2013 – the trade’s view

  • April 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Has nobody heard of any sweet Bordeaux wines other than Yquem? In this vintage the whole top ten should be from Sauternes and Barsac and, without doubt, the best bargains are from this region.
    All of the First Growth Sauternes, some Second Growths and at least four of the top unclassified wines were better than anything the First Growth reds and equivalent could produce.
    Rot is good for sweet white wines and the enemy of the reds – this was transparently clear in 2013.

  • April 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    p.s.: I very much agree with the comment about Sauternes/Barsac – it is a shame that Sigalas Rabaud, La Tour Blanche, Clos Haut Peyraguey and even de Malle do not feature in the value for money category in this vintage … That said, there is also a case to be made for many of the less feted Graves/Pessac blancs – Clos Marsalette, Clos Floridene, Picque Caillou and de Fieuzal to name but four ….

  • April 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Unfortunately as they say in Bordeaux, everyone likes a good Sauternes, but not everyone buys them!

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