Rive Droite Rive Gauche

The 46 members
of the Cercle Rive Gauche
  • Château d'Agassac
  • Château d'Arcins
  • Château d'Arsac
  • Château Bellegrave
  • Château Brondelle
  • Château Cantegril
  • Château Cap Léon Veyrin
  • Château Clauzet
  • Château Crabitey
  • Château de Cruzeau
  • Château de Cérons
  • Château de Myrat - Grand Cru Classé en 1855
  • Château de Rochemorin
  • Château de Villegeorge
  • Château du Cartillon
  • Château du Glana
  • Clos Floridène
  • Château Fonbadet
  • Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons
  • Château Greysac
  • Château Grivière
  • Château Haura
  • Château Haut Condissas
  • Château Haut Lagrange
  • Château Haut-Bacalan
  • Château Haut-Bergeron
  • Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière
  • Château La Cardonne
  • Château La Tour de Bessan
  • Château Larrivaux
  • Château Le Sartre
  • Château Les Grands Chênes
  • Château Lestage Simon
  • Château Malescasse
  • Château Peyrat Fourthon
  • Château Peyredon Lagravette
  • Château Ramafort
  • Château Raymond-Lafon
  • Château Rollan de By
  • Château Roquetaillade La Grange
  • Château Saint-Robert Cuvée Poncet Deville
  • Château Seguin
  • Château Sérilhan
  • The Winemakers' Collection - Saison 11, Hubert de Boûard
  • Château Tour des Termes
  • Château Tour Seran
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The 92 members
of the Cercle Rive Droite
  • L'Ambroisie
  • Château Ampélia
  • Château Bellefont-Belcier
  • Château Bellegrave
  • Château Bourgneuf
  • Château Boutisse
  • Château Cap de Faugères
  • Château Carteau Côtes Daugay
  • Château Clos Chaumont
  • Château Croix Cardinale
  • Château Côte Montpezat
  • Château Dalem
  • Château de Barbe Blanche
  • Château de Chambrun
  • Château de Francs "Les Cerisiers"
  • Château de La Dauphine
  • Château de La Rivière
  • Clos de la Vieille Eglise
  • Château de Laussac
  • Château de Lussac
  • Château de Pressac
  • Château Destieux
  • Château du Parc
  • Clos Dubreuil
  • Château Faizeau
  • Château Feytit-Clinet
  • Château Fleur Cardinale
  • Château Fombrauge
  • Château Fonroque
  • Château Fontenil
  • Château Gaby
  • Château Godeau
  • Château Grand Corbin-Despagne
  • Grand Vin du Château Lesparre
  • Château Haut Bertinerie
  • Haut Carles
  • Château L'Hermitage Lescours
  • Château Jean de Gué
  • Château La Clémence
  • Château La Commanderie
  • Château La Croizille
  • Château La Fleur d'Arthus
  • Château La Grangère
  • Château La Marzelle
  • Château La Rose Perrière
  • La Sergue
  • Château La Vieille Cure
  • Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue
  • Château Laroze
  • Château Le Moulin
  • Château Le Prieuré
  • Château Les Trois Croix
  • Lynsolence
  • Château Lécuyer
  • Château Magrez Fombrauge
  • Château Mazeyres
  • Château Messile Aubert
  • Château Montlabert
  • Château Moulin Haut-Laroque
  • Château Moulin Pey-Labrie
  • Château Pas de l'Ane
  • Château Patris
  • Château Penin
  • Château Perron La Fleur
  • Château Peyfaures
  • Château Pindefleurs
  • Clos Puy Arnaud
  • Reclos de la Couronne
  • Reignac (Grand Vin de Reignac)
  • Château Reynon
  • Château Rol Valentin
  • Château Roylland
  • Château Réaut
  • Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud
  • Château Sainte-Barbe
  • Château Sainte-Marie
  • Château Sansonnet
  • Château Siaurac
  • Château Soutard-Cadet
  • Château Taillefer
  • Château Tauzinat l'Hermitage
  • Château Tour Baladoz
  • Château Tour Bayard
  • Château Tournefeuille
  • Château Trianon
  • Château Veyry
  • Château Vieux Maillet
  • Vieux Château Palon
  • Clos Vieux Taillefer
  • Château Villars
  • Château Vray Croix de Gay
  • Château Yon-Figeac
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Uniter of talents

Thanks to the determination of its president and founder, Alain Raynaud, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux came into existence in June 2013 to unite within one entity wines of the Right and Left Banks.

At present, it brings together a large number of wine estates: 113 for the Cercle Rive Droite and 51 for the Cercle Rive Gauche. With the diversity and complementarity of appellations, terroirs and wine professionals and with almost 160 wines, the Grand Cercle presents a showcase of Bordeaux’s fine wines selected for their great quality.

Points in common

The Grand Cercle properties all share the following :
A common geographical location, Bordeaux, namely the right bank and the left bank of the Gironde River.

For the right bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Entre-Deux-Mers, Sainte-Foy Bordeaux, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, 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,

For the left bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations : Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Margaux, Haut-Médoc, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes.

A common fundamental focus on quality and expressing the individual personality of their wines.
Common ethical practices with regard to production and the way the wines are taken to market.

Ethical practices

The Grand Cercle wines are united by a code of practice with obligations in the following domains :
A continuous quest for innovation : analysis of cross sections of the different land types, study of the water drainage and retention characteristics of the plots, disease control with the least possible recourse to chemical products ; Control of yields : pruning, bud and sucker removal, etc. The use of a multitude of techniques to achieve optimally ripe grapes in clean, disease-free condition ; Vineyard protection, rational use of pesticides : taking into account the whole ecosystem and protecting it, ensuring the sustained survival of organic balances ; Care when harvesting grapes, recommending manual harvesting : carrying fruit in trays, sorting and selection of grapes in the vineyard and in the vathouse ; Ageing the wines in oak barrels : seeking to express specific aromatic qualities and more complex bouquets ; Welcoming visitors to the estates : introducing passing callers-in to the vineyards, the landscapes and wines.

Some figures

164 properties
27 appellations
3 300 hectares

Organisation

President : Alain Raynaud

Cercle Rive Droite - President : Alain Raynaud
Cercle Rive Gauche - President : Francis Boutemy

Board of 7 Directors

Technical Commission / Admissions Commission
Promotion Commission / Youngs Commission

Permanent staff :
Stéphanie Delécrin

Monitoring quality

To ensure that The Grand Cercle is not just a club made up of members who join by simply declaring themselves as such, but also a real selection of chateaux, united because of their quality, the Cercle submits all its wines to two obligatory tastings every year.

A vintage ready to be delivered undergoes a full blind tasting, carried out by an outside independent jury. Up to now, the Grand European Jury (GJE) has been requested to organise this professional tasting.

Founded in 1996 by François Mauss, the GJE sets out to provide an alternative assessment of the great world wines with reference to the individual scores given by the best international connoisseurs, especially the English and American tasters, whose 100-point scoring method the GJE adopts to make worldwide benchmarking easier. The GJE assembles at least 12 of its Permanent Members from at least 6 different European Union countries (plus Switzerland) to organise a blind tasting of a selection of wines in two daily 3-hour sessions under the control of a legal entity. “15 top-level tasters in a blind tasting cannot all make a mistake at the same time in the same place with the same wine”.

Every year, a concentration of skills, brought together at a unique moment in time to approve the quality of the wines of the Cercle !

A ‘primeur’ vintage is tasted blind in February by the Technical Commission of the Cercle.
The opinion of professionals based on samples of futures, is the best way to prepare for the official tastings to come…

SAVE THE DATE - PRIMEUR TASTINGS

Press tasting
Tasting reserved to press on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April, from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm at Château Montlabert (Saint-Emilion)
Blind tasting or with labels
More Information and registration : +33 (0)5 57 74 01 61 ou contact@grandcercle.fr

London tasting
Wednesday 15 March from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Le Méridien Piccadilly - The Terrace
21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH
More Information and registration : laure.monrozier@businessfrance.fr
Trade tastings
Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
Château Montlabert (Saint-Emilion) and Château de Rochemorin (Martillac)
Two free tasting areas where you can taste all the wines, right and left bank, unaccompanied.
More Information and registration : +33 (0)5 57 74 01 61 ou contact@grandcercle.fr

Antonio Galloni - 2014 Vintage

Antonio Galloni tasted our growths, vintage 2014 on Sunday January 22nd, at Château de Reignac.

Best wishes

Alain Raynaud, Francis Boutemy and the members of Grand Cercle wish you a happy new year !

Cercle Tasting - Wednesday 17th June - 6 pm to 10 pm

Wednesday 17th June - 6 pm to 10 pm
Bordeaux’s Opera House (Grand Théâtre)

Come and taste more than 150 Grand Cercle wines in a magical setting!
This tasting organised in collaboration with the magazine “Terre de Vins ”.
To register or view the list of wines which will be presented at this tasting, click here (http://www.terredevins.com/vinexperiences2015/)

LE GRAND CERCLE AT VINEXPO

The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux hopes to meet you from 14th to 18th June at Vinexpo, Hall 1, stand number BD295. It will be an opportunity to discover or enjoy once again the diversity of the Grand Cercle's wines and chat with the enthusiastic owners of these wine estates.

The estate owners of 21 wines will greet you in their customised area.

Wines present at Vinexpo :
Bordeaux : Château Thieuley
Castillon/Côtes de Bordeaux : Château Côte Montpezat
Fronsac : Château Dalem, Haut Carles, Château Moulin Haut-Laroque, Château La Vieille Cure
Pomerol : Château Vieux Maillet, Château Vray Croix de Gay
Lalande de Pomerol : Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud, Château Siaurac
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru : Château Carteau Côtes Daugay, Château La Croizille, Château La Grangère, Château Tour Baladoz
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé : Château Le Prieuré
Lussac Saint-Emilion : Château de Lussac
Haut-Médoc : Château d'Agassac, The Winemaker's Collection Margaux :Château d'Arsac
Saint-Estèphe : Château Clauzet, Château Sérilhan


Three wine bars will also give free tastings of other Grand Cercle wines. A new appellation will be highlighted on each day of the exhibition!

Programm:
Sunday 14
afternoon : Médoc and Haut-Médoc
Monday 15
morning : Bordeaux and Côtes de Bordeaux
afternoon: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Tuesday16
morning : Satellites de Saint-Emilion, Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac
afternoon : Graves and Pessac-Léognan
Wednesday 17
morning : Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol
afternoon : Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Thursday 18
morning : Communales du Médoc and Sauternes


Best Wishes !

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Back on the first Grand Cercle European Wine Tour

The very first European tour of the Grand Cercle was a great success, with representatives of fifty wine estates taking part. See each stage of this tour again by taking a look at the photos.

Firts Step : Stocholm

First day of the tour: Stockholm, on Monday 18th November at the Grand Hotel. More than 600 people (wine professionals and oenophiles from the Munskankarna Wine Club) came to discover and savour the range of Bordeaux wines presented at this occasion.

The Circle of Partners

Amorim Allianz Tonnellerie Sylvain Inessens
62, quai du Priourat. 33500 Libourne. Tel: 05 57 74 01 61 - Fax: 05 57 74 19 04 contact@grandcercle.fr