Bordeaux 2011 – a raft of good lower-end wines

by Charles Lea

So many wines have come onto the market today that it has been hard to keep up. The full list of those that make it into our offer can be found here. (Link expired)

Some at the lower end of the price spectrum offer reasonable value to the drinker. Since they are not ‘speculative’ wines, the advantage to buying them now lies more in the fact that the margins taken ‘en primeur’ are smaller all round, so that they will be cheaper now than if you wait to buy them on arrival, but do not expect to be able to sell them for a vast profit on arrival, this is just a good way to make sure the cellar stays stocked with solidly good wines.

In amongst the huge number of wines out today, we recommend these as wines which will offer good value drinking:-

2011 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux £220
2011 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac £255
2011 CHÂTEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien Château Gloria £245
2011 LACOSTE BORIE du Château Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac £155

We are big fans of Claire Villars who makes Ferriere and Haut Bages Liberal. These wines are serious, gutsy wines which give much of what is on offer from wines and more than twice the price.