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: 138 for the Cercle Rive Droite and 57 for the Cercle Rive Gauche. With the diversity and complementarity of appellations, terroirs and wine professionals and with almost 200 wines, the Grand Cercle presents a showcase of Bordeaux’s fine wines selected for their great quality.
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, 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,
For the left bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations : Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Moulis, 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.
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.
3 796 hectares
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 :
Martine Héricé (Manager)
Anaïs Azorin (Communication Manager Cercle Rive Gauche)
Stéphanie Delécrin (Communication Manager Cercle Rive Droite)
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…
The Grand Cercle is developing its transactions with individual customers, fine wine lovers.
The aim is to win the loyalty of this community of wine enthusiasts with its Club Card !
With the Club Card, you will receive numerous advantages :
At wine estates which are members of the Grand Cercle taking part in Club transactions, you will receive :
• loyalty reductions to be used on wine purchases, visits and wine tourism breaks…
• customised reception services at wine estates
• invitations to their private events.
With the Grand Cercle, you will receive :
• invitations or reduced prices for its events,
• a twice yearly newsletter,
• and many more surprises ...
My Loyalty Section
A customised loyalty section is reserved for you :
accessible via Internet, at any time it enables you to consult your loyalty balance, as well as “current special offers” proposed by winegrowers or information about events organised by the Grand Cercle.
It’s simple. Just fill in the form below.
You will receive your Club Card shortly.
You can also join the Club directly with wine estates taking part in the programme or by attending at “General Public Tasting” organised by the Grand Cercle.
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
Wednesday 15 March from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Le Méridien Piccadilly - The Terrace
21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH
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.
Antonio Galloni tasted our growths, vintage 2014 on Sunday January 22nd, at Château de Reignac.
Alain Raynaud, Francis Boutemy and the members of Grand Cercle wish you a happy new year !
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/)
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!
afternoon : Médoc and Haut-Médoc
morning : Bordeaux and Côtes de Bordeaux
afternoon: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
morning : Satellites de Saint-Emilion, Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac
afternoon : Graves and Pessac-Léognan
morning : Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol
afternoon : Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
morning : Communales du Médoc and Sauternes
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.
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.