Twenty-six years on and still totally independent wine merchants, our highly acclaimed list reflects our relentless globetrotting in search of wines that offer interest and quality at the right price. Lea & Sandeman are excited to bring a selection of these wines to the London Wine Fair ‘View Tastings’ for the first time.
A whole host of releases this morning includes some of our primeur favourites - Château Haut Bailly hits the market at £425/12. We were hugely impressed by the wine, pert, elegant and polished - a really lovely Pessac, as Jancis says: 'Rich and substantial but racier than the old Haut-Bailly style.
Château Pontet Canet has just come out and is yours for £648 per dozen. This great estate has gone from strength to strength over the last decade, the first Cru Classé to go fully bio-dynamic, they have re-introduced horses to work the vineyards, not to mention new concrete tanks and the rows of amphora that are an impressive sight in the chais.
Already this morning a host of interesting wines have been released. The highest profile is Château Calon Ségur at £415/12. There is a lot to recommend about this estate which is really on the move, thanks to huge investment from new owners maximising this great terroir.
This morning sees the release of the three wines from Château Margaux. Without doubt these are some of the wines of the vintage. The ‘Grand Vin’ at £2340/12. We were hugely impressed by this classically sophisticated 2014.
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.