2013 Bordeaux 06/05 – Pichon Lalande, Ducru Beaucaillou, Pavie Macquin, Beaus茅jour Duffau Lagarosse, Larcis Ducasse

by Charles Lea

The whole stable of wines from Nicolas Thienpont at Pavie Macquin, which started with the Cote de Francs Puygueraud and continued through Trimoulet, to the grander wines, Berliquet, Larcis Ducasse,聽Pavie Macquin itself and聽Beaus茅jour (Duffau Lagarosse), showed very well.聽Here the聽work started in the vineyard even to the extent聽to changing the trellising of the vines mid-season, and聽Nicolas and consultant winemaker St茅phane D茅renencourt聽clearly got a handle on this challenging vintage. An effort has been made on price too, with Pavie Macquin down nearly 20% and Beaus茅jour down 25%.

Pichon Lalande seems to have decided that the way to deal with the apathy in the market is to release very little wine – 80% less than last year. Even this may take a moment to find a home this year at 拢625 per dozen,聽the same price as one can find the 2012,聽but if you want to be sure, we are all ears.

Bruno Borie’s Ducru Beaucaillou united the critics in praise, and this will surely be one of the better wines of the vintage.

2013 CH脗TEAU PICHON LALANDE 2猫me Cru Class茅 Pauillac (拢625 per doz)

2013 CH脗TEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2猫me Cru Class茅 Saint Julien (拢720 per dozen)

2013 CH脗TEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Grand Cru Class茅 Saint Emilion聽(拢340 per dozen)

2013 CH脗TEAU LARCIS DUCASSE Grand Cru Class茅 Saint Emilion聽(拢330 per dozen)