2012 Bordeaux – Brane Cantenac, Léoville Poyferre, Figeac, Clos du Marquis, Nénin

by Charles Lea

Brane Cantenac, Léoville Poyferre, Figeac, Beauséjour Duffau, Clos du Marquis, Nénin

Today we have one of my favourite wines in Margaux, Brane Cantenac, where Henri Lurton has made another quintessentially elegant wine, and the release price is very realistic.

The Cuveliers have released Léoville Poyferré at a price just under that of Léoville Barton, having been well above in some recent vintages.

Beauséjour Duffau is a wine which always sells out en primeur, but there is an opportunity to get in on the act at a sensible price for this much sought-after wine if you act fast.

The new management of Figeac have promised to re-connect to their market with this release, and indeed the price is less than a third of the £1650+ prices of the 2009 and 2010, and below the price of any comparable vintage on the market. Time to get back in the water?

Other releases include the good value Pomerol Nénin, and its Delon/Las Cases stablemate Clos du Marquis from Saint Julien, which was a stunning wine this year, but which may not be such an obvious primeur buy as Brane Cantenac, for example.