The whole stable of wines from Nicolas Thienpont at Pavie Macquin, which started with the Cote de Francs Puygueraud and continued through Trimoulet, to the grander wines, Berliquet, Larcis Ducasse, Pavie Macquin itself and Beauséjour (Duffau Lagarosse), showed very well
The Bank Holiday releases brought another yawn. Malescot may be not terribly expensive compared to previous vintages, but it is hard to get excited, while Clos l’Église just makes us think Beauregard is much better value.
Today Neal Martin begins his note on the 2013 Sauternes with "Usually, I urge readers to go out and buy Sauternes at the end of my report, but instead.
As expected Denis Durantou released his flagship wine L’Église Clinet. Considered by many as the wine of the vintage, and in very limited quantity, this was always going to be in demand, even if it is true that we can offer a couple of cases of the the Neal Martin 95 point 2007 at £825 per case duty-paid.
During the primeurs tasting week in Bordeaux we had en enjoyable evening tasting at the the Chateau and had the opportunity to try several older vintages – particularly impressive were the samples of Sarget – even some of the much older vintages showed very well and proved the high calibre of the wines being made at this Chateau.
What has been quite a busy day for releases in Bordeaux, has been dominated by the right bank. Two more of the first growths (Ausone & Cheval Blanc) have broken cover and so has one of our perennial favourites from the left bank – CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON.
CHÂTEAU FIGEAC impressed during our week in Bordeaux and it is one of the wines we have been waiting for, with somewhat bated breath, to see how they would price it….
Today sees the release of the Haut Brion stable, including the highly prized whites of both la Mission and Haut Brion which, if they are of interest to you, need snapping up.
2013 Grand Puy Lacoste (£340) was voted one of the best value wines in a poll around the wine trade before the campaign began this year, but at around this price there are several mature and drinkable vintages around the market so this seems to have been a bit premature.
Today’s releases include Château Margaux (£2400) which we tasted well, and like Mouton Rothschild it sits comfortably in the market below any available vintage. Its second wine Pavillon Rouge is also out at £795, while we have a very very small volume of Pavillon Blanc (£540 per six bottles).
There have been some big names like Mouton-Rothschild, Angelus and Chateau Palmer out today and some of our old favourites like Chateau Talbot or Clerc Milon, but it is hard to get overly excited.