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

By on 22/05/2013

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.

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2012 Bordeaux – Gruaud Larose and Sarget de Gruaud

By on 21/05/2013

2012 Bordeaux - Gruaud Larose and Sarget de Gruaud - and a reminder about La Conseillante The only significant releases this afternoon are Gruaud Larose and its second wine Sarget de Gruaud. Sarget is well-priced compared to some of the Saint Julien second wines, but on the other hand I think I'd still rather have the slightly juicier Connétable Talbot.

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2012 Bordeaux – into the final week? – Ausone, Conseillante, Ducru Beaucaillou, Cheval Blanc, Cos d’Estournel, Lagrange

By on 21/05/2013

Ausone has just been put on the market at £3950. This seems a solid buy against the price of other vintages. Robert Parker calls this "a high class, aristocratic, nearly perfect wine to cellar for a decade and then watch it unfold over the following 40-50 years".

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2012 Bordeaux – Montrose, Clinet, Domaine de Chevalier, Rouget, Clos l’Eglise

By on 17/05/2013

2012 Bordeaux - Montrose, Clinet, Domaine de Chevalier, Rouget, Clos l'Eglise Château Montrose is on a real roll at the moment, and while the 2012 wine is not quite up to the (Parker 100 point) 2009 (currently £2500+, nor the 2010 (£1600+), it is a great Montrose, and as Robert Parker says 'one of the top successes of the vintage'.

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2012 Bordeaux – Grand Puy Lacoste, Pavie Macquin, Branaire Ducru, d’Issan, Haut Batailley, Gloria, de Fieuzal

By on 15/05/2013

This morning's big releases are Grand Puy Lacoste and Pavie Macquin. I did not taste Pavie Macquin this year, but the critics who did seem united  - Robert Parker 92-95, Neal Martin 94-96, and so on. It seems to have united both American and European critics, and as a regular favourite of ours amongst the Saint Emilions, this comes recommended.

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