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.
The sailing was fun, now sitting on Isle of Wight with laptop, (where the tide is high, the sun is shining but the forecast is disappointing). Here, as promised in my main blog piece about value, is the list of our recommendations from the right bank and Graves.
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.
We can now offer limited volumes of the much sought-after 2010 Chateau Lafite at £12000 per case. We stress this is not tied to anything, but buyers will get an opportunity to buy case of either Carruades or Duhart Milon too if they would like.
We can now offer very limited stocks of Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Haut Brion, both at £7800 per case. Available in six, and three-bottle cases as well as full dozens. Other sizes to order. We can also offer very limited volumes of Alain Vauthier's rarissimo Chateau Ausone, at £13,200, which, well if you can afford it, it is one of the truly great wines.
This morning sees the release of Chateau Léoville Las Cases, down a bit on last year and neatly under the price of Cos. This is a fabulous Las Cases, another candidate for my wine of the vintage, modern in some ways but really just so classical in others. Very strongly recommended.
Lots of wines hitting the market today, we need to know who wants what so get you orders in please. Lafite and Carruades first tranche is out, but the Bordeaux trade is having a bit of a think about thent one - many will sit on it a bit longer, probably, and offer funny deals linked to Rieussec.
This afternoon has seen the release of Vieux Château Certan 2010, in such limited volumes that we will struggle to fulfil existing orders. L'Evangile is also now sold out. However its release was swiftly followed by that of another wine which all the critics rated incredibly highly, namely La Conseillante.
Château Troplong Mondot's 2010 is definitely a wine which reflects the extreme ripeness of the vintage, but also befits from the rigour and balance of the year too. Robert Parker has described it as 'An amazing wine' and 'Just prodigious! ', while Tim Atkin descibes 'a big wine with surprising elegance and finesse'.
This morning has seen the release of another of the two big names, one from each side of the river. Stephan von Neipperg's super-cuvée Saint Emilion La Mondotte, which I was unsure about, while recognising its impressiveness. As predicted this was much loved by the American critics but also by Brits Neal Martin ('Mellifluous on the finish.
Bruno Borie has decided to wait until virtually all the Bordeaux offices are shut before releasing Château Ducru Beaucaillou (£1750) and its 'definitely not the second wine but another good Saint Julien of cru classé quality'. Like Clos du Marquis (offered last week) Croix de Beaucaillou (£395) is a wine from a distinct vineyard rather than a 'second wine'.