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.
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
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.
The arrival yesterday of Mouton and Lynch Bages finally struck a chord with the market. Well thought out prices mean that as 'primeur buys' these wines work. This small flurry has spurred on other châteaux it seems - and there has been a rush of releases this morning.
We loved Lynch this year, and so did everyone else: “Long and glamorous. Tasting it blind, I guessed it was Lynch” writes Jancis Robinson, and we like this ‘blind recognition’ – this is a wine with a personality which transcends vintages. Coming out at around £60 per bottle delivered to your cellar including VAT, this is recommended.
Angélus (released today at £1700), with Pavie, was elevated to the ‘Premier Grand Cru Classé A’ level in 2012, alongside Ausone and Cheval Blanc, so this is for them a big deal, although recently in London Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal agreed that nothing had really changed in terms of how the wine is made.
Big guns out this morning in the shape of the three wines from the Mouton Rothschild stable – Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Clerc Milon and Château d’Armailhac.
The ball has started rolling early this morning with 2014 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien first out of the traps. As a brand this is one of the recent success stories of Bordeaux, it seems almost irrespective of the wine’s quality.
Another slow week in Bordeaux has contained little of any excitement with a couple of exceptions and then came today’s three releases from the Lafite stable.We were pleased to see the release of two wines that we have been following keenly for the last few vintages.