On 30 May 2013, Thursday, the Cercle des Grands Vins de Bordeaux will present to Hong Kong press and wine trade professionals en primeurs 2012 and exclusive cuvée from 25 quality chateaux.
Cercle des Grands Vins de Bordeaux is formed by two Bordeaux vinegrowers' organisations - Cercle Rive Droite for the Right bank and Cercle Rive Gauche for the Left bank.
Cercle Rive Droite was founded in July 2002 by Alain Raynaud. It groups together 143 chateaux from the Right bank of Gironde river, all of which share a common fundamental focus on quality and personalities of their wines, and respect ethical practices with regard to production and the way the wines are taken to market. Properties in Cercle Rive Droite come from either of these appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Entre-Deux-Mers, Loupiac, Sainte-Foy Bordeaux, Côtes de Bordeaux, Blaye, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon Fronsac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion.
In March 2013, Alain Raynaud brought the Cercle to the Left Bank, setting up a sister organisation Cercle Rive Gauche. The criteria to be part of it is essentially estates' passion and effort on wine quality - the same common goal as Cercle Rive Droite. According to Alain Raynaud, 'this new group is filling a need for a new organisation able to market the more affordable quality estates on the Left Bank.' Cercle Rive Gauche is chaired by Francis Boutemy.
On 30 May, both the left and right bank chateaux will join hands to present their wines in Trade Tasting, first time in Asia under the umbrella Cercle des Grands Vins de Bordeaux. Seminar will also be organised for trade professionals to get a closer look to diversity of personalities. A Consumer Wine Fair will be also be run for Bordeaux wine lovers. Stay tuned to Sopexa news, or contact Ms. Clemence Fabre on +852 2866 7163, for further information.
More about Cercle can be found on www.cerclerivedroite.com