In the shops we often find we recommend things we are enjoying ourselves or have tasted recently. My enthusiasms change with the weather, so we are just getting into Rosé time, but I have assumed you already have some MiP and friends to enjoy when the sun comes out (if not, what are you thinking of? Order Rosé now!).
2014 Bordeaux – Issan 2014 £295, Climens 2014 £425, Lagrange 2014 £240, Gruaud Larose 2014 £390, Poujeaux 2014 £170
Quite a late call to release today – but the wonderful wines from Denis Durantou on the right bank really deserve to have their moment in the spot-light.
Pichon Baron 2014 (£640 IB) “If the disappearance of Château Latour from en primeur is getting you down then this will fill that gap nicely” – Neal Martin, erobertparker.com
Good to see Okwui Enwezor (head of this year’s Venice Biennale) is a man of taste in more ways than one. It this week’s FT ‘How to Spend it’
Chateau Haut Brion (Red) is a fabulous wine, but with older vintages available for very little more it begs the question we were asked this morning “Which major name is going to make their 2014 truly compelling?”
This morning – where France is not on holiday – the 2014 releases continue. The big one is Château Talbot 2014 (£290). We liked the wine, although the balance of all notes suggests a wine that maybe quite a firm style.
Pol Roger Vintage 2004 and NV (from only £32.50), as well as Louis Roederer NV (from £29.95) and the 2009 Rosé.
The arrival yesterday of Mouton and Lynch Bages finally struck a chord with the market. Well thought out prices mean that as 'primeur buys' these wines work. This small flurry has spurred on other châteaux it seems - and there has been a rush of releases this morning.
We loved Lynch this year, and so did everyone else: “Long and glamorous. Tasting it blind, I guessed it was Lynch” writes Jancis Robinson, and we like this ‘blind recognition’ – this is a wine with a personality which transcends vintages. Coming out at around £60 per bottle delivered to your cellar including VAT, this is recommended.
Angélus (released today at £1700), with Pavie, was elevated to the ‘Premier Grand Cru Classé A’ level in 2012, alongside Ausone and Cheval Blanc, so this is for them a big deal, although recently in London Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal agreed that nothing had really changed in terms of how the wine is made.