Bordeaux En Primeur: 25 Best Value Wines without Compromise

Before we get started, check out our comprehensive coverage on Bordeaux’s 2023 vintage:

iDealwine En Primeur |Top picks from Saint Emilion and Pomerol

iDealwine en Primeur | Top picks from the Left Bank

iDealwine en Primeur | Top picks from Sauternes and Barsac

iDealwine en Primeur | Why buy en Primeur?

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Every year, during the En Primeur campaign, the same questions arise. Should I buy this vintage? Should I buy it to drink? Should I buy it as an investment? Of course, every choice is personal and in the end, only you can truly answer, but there are a number of factors to consider? The quality of the vintage and the wines, their ageing potential, and their Primeur price are all essential variables in helping wine-lovers weigh up differnt options. To give you some food for thought, we put three questions to Angélique de Lencquesaing, co-founder of iDealwine, who has been monitoring and analysing primeur campaigns for the past 15 years.

We asked Angélique de Lencquesaing more about the price drops for 2023 Bordeaux:

Have En Primeur prices actually dropped significantly, or are they only slightly down after the sharp rise in 2022?

Before talking about prices, it’s important to point out that the attributes that characterise the 2023 vintage are very much in line with what wine-lovers are currently looking for. Despite the adverse weather conditions, Bordeaux has produced a vintage characterised by the freshness of its juices, delicate textures and a supple body that will soon be accessible. However, within the different appellations, perceptions vary considerably from one chateau to another. Quality is therefore the number one criterion to be taken into account, and this is a point worth emphasising, as some of the price drops announced compared to the 2022 primeur prices have led people to think that this is a mediocre year, sold at a discount. But this is not the case! There are quite a few deals to be made!

Of course, let the figures speak for themselves!

Bordeaux Primeurs 2023 : 25 top-rated wines that have dropped in price since 2022.

Wine2023 Price
(VAT incl.)
2023 and 2022
2023 and 20
Critic’s Rating
Château Lafite Rothschild572.00-31%stable97-99 points Wine Advocate
Château Cheval Blanc540.00-18%1.5%98-100 points Wine Advocate
Château Cos d’Estournel159.60-39%4%95-96 points Wine Advocate
Clos Fourtet97.80-26%5%94-96 points Wine Advocate
Château Léoville Barton78.10-13%8%96-97 points J. Suckling
Château Durfort-Vivens55.90-27%6%94-95 pointsWine Advocate
Château d’Issan52.00-26%7%18 out of 20 points Le Point
Château Talbot50.40-25%7%94-96 points Figaro
Château Cantenac Brown45.60-19%8%95-96 points J. Suckling
Château Malescot Saint-Expuréry45.30-28%8%95 points B+D
Château Lagrange43.70-21%6%93-95 points Wine Advocate
Château Langoa Barton41.00-11%4%93-95 points Wine Advocate
Château Haut-Marbuzet38.64-12%5%94-95 points B+D
Château Lafon-Rochet38.40-21%-2%92-94/100 RVF
Clos Haut-Peyraguey37.20stable10%94-95 points J. Suckling
Château du Tertre rouge37.10-12%-10%93-95 points Figaro
Château La Lagune35.40-25%5%93 points B+D
Château Pédesclaux34.80-23%4%93-95 points Figaro
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Rouge34.20-5%5%93-95 points Figaro
Château Gloria31.90-27%-5%91-93 points RVF
Château Carbonnieux rouge31.20-12%3%93-94 points B+D
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne30.20 -15%9%18.5 out of 20 points, Le Point
Château Siran29.00-15%8%93-95 points Figaro
Château Chasse-Spleen Rouge28.20-20%stable91-92 points RVF
Château de Fieuzal Rouge28.00-27%-11%94-96 points Wine Advocate

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