2012 Bordeaux - Château Talbot and Connétable Talbot All has now gone a bit quiet as Bordeaux prepares for one of those funny weeks in May when there are so many holidays that it is tempting for them to 'faire le pont' at both ends of the week and not actually turn up at all.
Whilst in Bordeaux, during primeur week, there was a bit of a buzz of excitement with some of the wines from Margaux – and amongst these Palmer was widely touted as one of the brighter stars in the vintage.
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2012 Bordeaux primeurs - recent releases Yesterday and today saw more mostly quite low-key offering being made - some are lower than current vintages, but really not sufficiently big brands or low prices to fire this lacklustre market.
We are delighted that the sun is back in the heavens and all is well, and present the rosés that have arrived so far this year. The ranges from Guillaume Philip and Domaine Sainte Lucie and Domaine des Diables are as stunning as ever.
Rather too many wines at once today - the Lafite stable, which of course includes the top Pomerol l'Évangile topping off a little rush of releases. A shame because there are some stories here - Jean-Luc Thunevin's Valandraud (£895) has been elevated to 1er Grand Cru Classé status from this year, and is a fab wine if you are into this sort of modern style - it is done with real panache.
The Bordeaux 2012 campaign, which has been criticised in recent vintages for its boringly slow progress, has had the sense to start briskly this year - slightly too briskly for me as I had to get to Vinitaly as well this year and the notes are far from complete.
With great value wines in mind, the 2010 Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes lept off the page and out of the glass when we tasted it yesterday. In fact Matthew Jukes was also so enthused he recently wrote in Money Week: 'This beauty comes from very old Gamay vines in the noble Beaujolais Cru of Moulin-à-Vent and it’s made in exactly the same way as a Grand Cru Burgundy.
Few areas of Bordeaux arouse such interest and demand as Pomerol. Next door is a slightly less well favoured terroir which nevertheless produces wines from Merlot, or Merlot and Cabernet Franc, like Pomerol, and on clay soils, like Pomerol:- We first encountered Vieux Château Gachet when we took the lush and voluptuous 2009 vintage (you may be lucky enough to find the odd bottle or two still kicking around in one of our shops).
Of course, by now, we should be diving into cool crisp dry white wines and whipping open pale pink rosés for the delectation of our friends, but the weather isn't playing ball and it still feels like mid-Winter. Time, therefore, for some flavourful, satisfying and reasonably-priced red wine.
With Easter Bank Holiday only a few days off (hooray!), but the weather determined to stay at the frosty end of the scale (boo!), we've put together a great value mixed case with everything you need to accompany a hearty Easter lunch.