“Primeur” sales are of key importance for reputed Bordeaux wines.

Primeur sales (or futures) are a unique sales method that is well-established in Bordeaux and covers the sale of most Grand Cru Classé wines from both the left and right bank, as well as around fifty other associated wines. Château Cambon la Pelouse has been sold for 20 years in this exclusive, very selective market.

How does it work?

The Primeurs Campaign is officially launched in the first week of April. Around 3,000 industry professionals from all over the world come together in Bordeaux to taste the new vintages of the key chateaux. When they are presented, the wines are still being aged. Merchants, brokers, importers and journalists assess the new vintage. The estates talk about the year’s weather, and growth cycle,  the quality of the fruit and the winemaking process.

After this week of tasting, the properties set prices based on the quality of the vintage, yields, the market, etc. They also decide on quantities to be allocated to each merchant, who will be supplied with a specific number of cases of each wine for sale.

Brokers provide the link between the estates and the merchants. Each reservation is documented with a purchase docket made out by the broker. The wine is thus officially reserved and will be delivered the following year.

Twentieth anniversary for the wine of Château Cambon la Pelouse

Château Cambon la Pelouse wines were first sold en primeur alongside Grand Cru Classé wines in 1999, three years after Jean-Pierre Marie arrived to direct the estate. Since then, the property has formed many partnerships with very exclusive merchant houses and about 90% of the wine produced is reserved en primeur. This is a great sign of recognition and trust from the Bordeaux merchants and importers worldwide. We would like here to thank them  sincerely. Château Cambon la Pelouse is sold in more than 30 countries around the world.  In terms of distribution, this is a fantastic success for the Bordeaux wine trade.

WE HAVE SELECTED SOME OF OUR PRIMEURS SCORES OVER THE LAST TWENTY YEARS.

Vintage 1999

Bettane et Desseauve – 8/10

« Ample et profonde, la robe se pare d’une teinte très vive. Le nez associe avec intensité des notes de petits fruits rouges et noirs, relevées par un bon merrain sans ostentation. En bouche, on apprévie le volume dense et charnu, parfaitement soutenu par une assise tannique mûre et serrée. Un beau vin qui confirme la très nette reprise en main du cru. »

Vintage 2000

La Revue du Vin de France

« Robe noire, nez d’une puissance et d’une complexité extraordinaire, au fruit mûr et éclatant, des nuances épices et de menthe douce ; la bouche est riche, voluptueuse, avec une trame tannique solide et mûre, une grande longueur et une fraicheur remarquable. Un grand vin. »

Vintage 2001

Robert Parker – 89/100

“Since winery renovations were completed in the late nineties, the wines have shown considerable character in an early maturing, fruit forward style. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2001 possesses a sweet bouquet of smoke, black currants, melted licorice and earth. Medium-bodied, with supple tannin, abundant fruit, and fine concentration, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage.”

Vintage 2002

La Revue du Vin de France

Rubrique « Nous avons beaucoup aimé »
« Nez charmeur de fruits noirs confiturés et de boisé torréfié, bouche ample, avec des tanins gras, une texture suave, beaucoup de fraicheur et une excellence persistance aromatique. »

Vintage 2003

Wine Spectator

“Very pretty berry, chocolate and currant in the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Well done. Best after 2010.”

Vintage 2004

Vinifera

« Cette propriété propose dans ce millésime un très joli vin au fruité particulièrement préserve, tout en fraicheur. La bouche est à l’avenant, bien dessinée, assez souple, construite sur une fine tannicité fruitée. Du très joli travail. »

Vintage 2005

Decanter – Highly Recommended – note 17/20

“Expressive nose. Brimming with soft, dark fruits, spice and warm oak. The nose is echoed on the palate with big yet approachable tannins. 5-10 years.”

Vintage 2006

Figaro Magazine – 88-89/100

« Un joli fruit bien emballé, une belle maturité du raisin et une excellente densité lui assurent un avenir radieux. »

Vintage 2007

Wine Enthusiast – Roger Voss – 89/100

“Cool, calm wine, its fruit and tannins kept nicely in check. There is a classic feel here, square and elegant. The berry fruits are bright, with a spurt of sweet and sour acidity. Age for 3 – 4 years..”

Vintage 2008

Wine Enthusiast – Roger Voss – 90/100

“With hints of mint, anda fim structure from oak as well as tannins, this a flaterring wine. The tannins are rich, layered within the jammy black berry fruits. This is a wine for aging, but is deceptively attractive now. Editor’s choice.”

Vintage 2009

La Revue du Vin de France – Réussite

« De la droiture, du fond. Il évoluera magnifiquement »

Vintage 2010

Decanter – Highly recommended – score 16.5/20

“Well extracted black fruits, impressively rich with potential complexity and will show well. Drink 2014-2022”

Vintage 2011

James Suckling – 88-89/100

“Chewy and rich for the vintage with an orange peel and chocolate character. Full and juicy. Savory. Well done. ”

Vintage 2012

Robert Parker – 87-89/100

“ This fresh wine exhibits notes of cranberries, red and black cherries, forest floor and hints of white chocolate as well as background earth. An excellent texture and medium body suggest this sleeper of the vintage will drink well for 7-8 years.”

Vintage 2013

Guide Hachette 2017 – Une étoile

« La robe cerise noire est prometteuse. A l’aération, le bouqet minte en puissance en révélant une palette complexe qui fait défiler la griotte, le cacao et la cannelle. Le palais est souple et élégant, grâce à des tannins fondus. Les accents du bois respectent les arômes délicats du vin. »

Vintage 2014

Bettane et Desseauve – 89-90/100

« Rond, souple, joliment élégant avec un tannin frais et une délicatesse charnue. »

Vintage 2015

Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France – Coup de Cœur

« Doté d’un joli gras et d’une bouche chaleureuse, ce 2015 est un joli vin au profil charmeur et déjà très gourmand. A boire sans se presser sur une décennie. »

Vintage 2016

Wine Enthusiast – Roger Voss – 91/100

“This is a delicious, juicy wine, with back fruit tones backed by firm tannins. The structure and the concentration don’t take away from the exuberant fruits.”

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