2013 Bordeaux 28/4 Today’s releases including Ausone, Cheval Blanc and L茅oville Barton

by David Porter

What has been quite a busy day for releases in Bordeaux, has been dominated by the right bank. This includes the first growths Ausone聽& Cheval Blanc who lead the charge from St Emilion and join聽one of our perennial favourites聽from the left bank – CH脗TEAU L脡OVILLE BARTON.

CH脗TEAU AUSONE聽(拢3250 per dozen) has made a tiny amount of wine this year – in both the top wine and the Chapelle d’Ausone聽(拢990 per dozen). Both are good wines in the vintage and聽they have shown some restraint on the price of this limited stock too. These prices seem very fair and so this is perhaps well worth considering if you are a follower of this esteemed estate.

We were impressed by the wines at Cheval Blanc聽but at 拢1625 for 6 this is nowhere near the cheapest vintage on the market, so one does wonder who might feel the need to buy this immediately.

L茅oville Barton聽at 拢470 is not the cheapest vintage in the market, but in terms of 2013 this is nicely done, a very classically lined claret which will be attractive drinking in the medium term.

Pomerol has made some very pleasing wines in 2013 and Chateau Clinet聽at 拢420 per dozen is well worth consideration. We tasted this well, it is relatively well priced for the vintage.

Other releases today are:

2013 CH脗TEAU SOCIANDO MALLET Cru Bourgeois Haut M茅doc

2013 CH脗TEAU SAINT PIERRE 4猫me Cru Class茅 Saint Julien


2013 CH脗TEAU BEAUS脡JOUR B脡COT 1er Grand Cru Class茅 Saint Emilion

2013 PETIT CHEVAL Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2013 CH脗TEAU FAUG脠RES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2013 CH脗TEAU FONBEL Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2013 CH脗TEAU MOULIN SAINT GEORGES Grand Cru Saint Emilion


We are nearly there now – do please call us if we can help you decide how to play this difficult vintage.

Have a great evening.