Lots of hyperbole out on the market this morning, following the release of one of the ‘shooting stars’ of recent Bordeaux vintages, Château Pontet Canet. It is true you can still buy the really fantastic 2004 for less (but the 2004 is rated lower by Parker), but more recent vintages are all trading well above this price, and if you are a regular primeur buyer, or just want to ‘get in’ on this powerful brand, this is a relatively pain-free way of doing so, so this comes recommended. Release quantities are down, but we will do our best to satisfy all requests.
17 Julia Harding, www.JancisRobinson.com
93-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
94-96 Neal Martin’s Wine Journal, erobertparker.com
92 – 93 James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
96 Tim Atkin MW (www.timatkin.com)
18-18.5 Bettane & Desseauve
See the website for todays other releases – a couple of good ones which risk getting trampled by the big beasts, so if you are after drinkers do look out for Pedesclaux and Marquis d’Alesme.