Our plans to taste the latest releases from Chateau Margaux face to face (at a safe distance!) with the team from the Chateau were thwarted last week by complications with travel for the Bordeaux contingent. We had been heading into London to the Mentzelopoulos family's Marylebone outpost - Clarette (the wine bar owned by Alexandra Petit Mentzelopoulos).
On Wednesday we published our immediate thoughts on the wines of the Right Bank (see 2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: Right Bank Roundup). Here are our first impressions from the other side of the river and a list of wines we felt were outstanding within their quality level or commune.
We will touch down at Mérignac airport early on Sunday morning and fly straight into the 2018 Bordeaux en primeur tastings. Judgement will be reserved until all the barrels have been sampled but here are some early impressions of the vintage and thoughts on the upcoming campaign.
Pre-shipment Offer A sticky start to the week with two outstanding Sweet Wines released already! Although at very different ends of the price spectrum, in terms of history, quality and reputation, these two have a surprising amount in common.
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?”
I promise this is the very last word on 2010 Primeurs, but it has been pointed out to me that I have not announced the creation and contents of this year's L&S Mixed Sauternes Cases.
2010 Bordeaux - 'The Exceptions' part 1 - Médoc In the main blog post about the value wines of the 2010 vintage I mentioned the lists we have put togther of the wines which we think offer some of the best value for money, and present the arguments as to why these wines really are worth buying, even if many have been put off buying en primeur by the fact that labels they used to drink are now out of reach.
Following all the publicity surrounding high prices, you might be forgiven for thinking that there is no real value in 2010 Bordeaux. We think there are good reasons why well-chosen Bordeaux can still offer some of the best value available in the wine world, and that there are plenty of wines still worth buying en primeur if you are just looking for solid drinking value.
With Vinexpo over, this look like it will be the week of the big guns. This morning we have had the first tranche of Château Margaux, and at the end of Friday (by which time I, and most of the négociants in Bordeaux, had left the office), we had the release of l'Évangile.
To 'mark the exceptional vintage of 2009', Château Rauzan Ségla's owners the Wertheimers, who also own Chanel, have commissioned Karl Lagerfeld to design the label. He has come up with a sketch of the Château, which is 350 years old this year.
Auctioned at the NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge 2009, Patrick Sandeman hosted a spectaular tasting at Nyetimber Restaurant for the successful bidders.
"Under the midday sun, on a lane in Pomerol, two men are locked in a frenetic waltz that might also be a fight. “This is the tango of the en primeur,” explains Denis Durantou, maker of the sublimely voluptuous Chateau L’Eglise Clinet." (Victoria Moore in The Daily Telegraph 29th April 2011)