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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2012 Bordeaux – Pichon Baron, Calon Segur, Clos Fourtet, Smith Haut Lafitte Red & White

By on 13/05/2013

Quite a few releases this morning as Bordeaux gets back from a very long weekend. There is no real sense that there is any urgency to sell this vintage. Coming out at the same price as mature vintages are trading on the market is not going to make for a long-term future for this way of selling wine.

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2011 Vintage Port – General Declaration of a Classic Vintage

By on 09/05/2013

2011 Vintage Port - General Declaration of a Classic Vintage Port vintages are only 'declared' by the shippers/producers when the quality is deemed to be on the very best, and often they do not agree. The 2011 has brought a unanimity seldom seen, and as Jancis Robinson titled her article these are 'The best 2011 reds anywhere'.

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2012 Bordeaux – another vinolanche – Pontet Canet, Haut Bailly, the wines of Denis Durantou and Stephan von Neipperg – and lots of others.

By on 02/05/2013

Not a lot of time for anyone to react to the sheer number of releases on the market this morning, but briefly, the wines of Denis Durantou, Saintem (also confusingly called Saintayme - it is exactly the same wine), La Chenade, Montlandrie and Les Cruzelles are all oustanding value buys and come strongly recommended.

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2012 Bordeaux – Jean-Philippe Janoueix, Maltus single vineyards, Pape Clément, Lafon-Rochet, Potensac and Fugue de Nénin

By on 30/04/2013

The realisation that tomorrow is a holiday in France seems to have prompted a raft of releases this morning. Lafon Rochet (£245) offers value and consistently good tasting notes from the major critics. It is down around 12% on the 2011 price, but Lafon Rochet has never been about silly pricing so this represents solid value and comes recommended.

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