Capital Vintners attended the premier event of this year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF); the Union des Grands Crus (UGC) de Bordeaux.

The new UGC President, Olivier Bernard, led the event, which returned to the LIWF for the third time. The newly-bottled 2010 vintage was the centrepiece of the event. A very well received vintage, 2010 is generally considered one of the best Bordeaux years of the last decade.  

Bernard said: “For the visitor, it presents a chance to re-taste the 2010 vintage, which was first presented in bottle at the Royal Opera House last year.”

Chateau Cantemerle, Pichon Lalande, Lascombes and Leoville Barton were all on display at the event. Some strong showings from lesser known estates – Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Chateau Kirwan and Chateau Cantenac Brown – were real highlights too.

The UGC is celebrating its fortieth year in 2013. With over 100 members it is arguably the most influential organisation in the world of wine.