Mas Fino? Por favor! La Gitana Manzanilla Fino 'En Rama', Hidalgo Anybody who bought Gonzalez Byass' Tio Pepe 'En Rama' this year will know by now what a great wine it is, and will surely be ready for yet more fabulous sherry to drink this summer! Shortly after this year's Tio Pepe release we were offered a tiny quantity of Hidalgo's stunning Manzanilla La Gitana ' En Rama'.
You may have already spotted the article in the Saturday Telegraph which featured their correspondent Victoria Moore with a huge bottle of L&S's smash-hit, quintessential Provence rosé MiP* (Made in Provence) from Domaine Saint Lucie:- :- Photo © Andrew Crowley - The Daily Telegraph 16th June 2012 Victoria wrote "For me, Provencale rosé IS summer.
In November last year I wrote about my fabulous introduction to ZALTO glassware, and six months on I am delighted that my initial excitement has not been unfounded, and is being shared by a growing number of our customers.
Quoted in Decanter.com, Pierre Lurton, who runs both Cheval Blanc and Yquem for the LVMH group, has said that he will not be releasing Yquem en primeur for the moment: 'There is no question that we are following the example of Latour, (who have announced they will not be releasing their wines en primeur after this year) or legitimising their commercial decision,' Lurton told Decanter.
Today may see the final releases of the 2011 Primeur 'campaign'. After yesterday's successes for Ducru Beaucaillou and Vieux Chateau Certan, today will see the release of the stables of Léoville Las Cases and Ausone.
Domaines Baron de Rothschild chose yesterday to release the 2011 Chateau l'Évangile, a wine which I am surprised to find myself the biggest fan of amongst the critics. Today has seen another mini-avalanche of releases, including Talbot at a sensible price, and some at spectacular drops in price over their 2010 counterparts - Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse was £2200 in 2010, and is £540 this year.
Late release of the day is Denis Durantou's flagship, l'Église Clinet at £575 per case of six bottles. At last someone who has listened to the market: this is offered at a price lower than any comparable vintage (2006 and 2008 are around £1400, 2009 and 2010 are over £3500). A 2011 primeur worth buying.
Latour, of course, stole a good deal of publicity at the beginning of the the 2011 campaign by announcing that it was going to withdraw from the primeur system from next year. (In future the wine will be released by the Chateau at ten years old or later).
Branaire Ducru looks fair value at £335 and joins the list of wines recommended in the 2011 vintage. Jean-Dominique Videau is rightly proud of this wine, and it was one of very few properties prepared to show us their 2009 and 2010 alongside the 2011.
Today sees the release of a fine Pomerol, Château la Conseillante. Under the intelligent directorship of Jean-Michel Laporte, La Conseillante is a property which has gone from strength to strength, and in this is a wine that all the critics liked a lot - all except Robert Parker who gave it a rather measly 88-91.
Tio Pepe 'En Rama' Sherry- 2012 release from Gonzalez Byass Gonzalez Byass' much awaited 2012 release of the very special Tio Pepe Fino 'En Rama' coincides with the 200th birthday of its founder, Manuel Maria Gonzalez, and is a fabulous wine to celebrate this anniversary.
We can now offer Mouton Rothschild on general release, at £1900 per six bottles or £3800 per case of 12. As before click the wine name below to see all the critics on this. I confused the hell out of those who were paying attention to this morning's email by calling Moulin Saint Georges 'Croix Saint Georges'.