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Interview with Ronan Laborde

President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux

Ronan Laborde

1/ In February you started a second term as president of the UGCB, what are your major victories and your next challenges?

We are an association of producers who meet professionals and enthusiasts through our events, particularly outside the growing season. There are about sixty tastings a year that are organized, but also training within hotel schools to meet future sommeliers, or even the animation of our digital magazine:

It is a pleasure to discuss our profession, our wines, in the company of our customers and consumers, and we are happy to feel their enthusiasm, to see this community grow and renew itself throughout the world.


2/ What evolution do you notice in the Bordeaux vineyard (sales in France and abroad, approach of the winegrowers, etc.)? How do you see Bordeaux wine in 10 years?

At the production level, an ever more specilised sophistication of our decisions and our gestures, which leads to the production of very great wines, vintage after vintage.

In 10 years, I imagine Bordeaux wine in line with today, offering great emotions and a sign of know-how


3/ In your opinion, what makes a Bordeaux Grand Cru?

For the tasting, the definition on which many agree includes the expression of its terroir, its softness, its balance and its ability to age well and for a long time.


4/ How do you view the Primeurs 2021?

We take a moved look at the Primeurs 2021 event, because it was about reuniting with customers in Bordeaux, after two years constrained by the Covid.

Many people came, especially from abroad for the occasion, and the exhilarating atmosphere was supported by radiant weather and surprising wines.