Château Tronquoy-Lalande & Château La Tour Carnet It is no particular secret that Robert Parker tends to like the lush, ripe, dense, sweet style wines like La Tour Carnet made by M. Magrez, (who also owns Pape Clement, and many others) while some 'old school English' have been rather shocked by them.
If Beychevelle had any other label on it I would not even consider offering it. Down 15 or so % on the 2010 price, and frankly the least interesting (as a wine) of all the Cru Classé Saint Juliens.
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.
We announce today the contents and pricing of this year's LEA & SANDEMAN mixed Sauternes case (£350 in bond - same price for either 12 bottles or 24 halves) comprises 4 of the very top wines of the vintage. We have limited stocks available at this price so please respond quickly to avoid disappointment.
Bordeaux 2011 - Labégorce, Du Tertre, Monbrison, 1st Vintage of Mauvesin Barton So, Robert Parker's notes and those of Neal Martin are published (on www.
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.
Bordeaux 2011 - Climens - and the wait for Robert Parker Its been a busy week for releases, although you might not know it because a lot of 'filtration' has been going on at our end so that we offer on only the wines which look interesting.
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'.
Rieussec has been offered and is causing a few ruffles in the market. I did not think it was one of the great Rieussecs, but others have rated it very highly and James Suckling has questioned whether it wil be better than Yquem.
2011 Bordeaux - Too many to mention It seems that Bordeaux have decided that it's simpler just to dump all the wines on the market and let everyone sort it out for themselves, so here we go - not much we can say about each one individually, there simply is not time.
Out this morning is our perennial value buy Les Ormes de Pez, produced by the same team as Lynch Bages and consistently punching above its Cru Bourgeois status - buy this and not Chasse Spleen, please. As I say every year, stick it away in magnums for dinner parties or weddings or whatever in ten+ years time.
Two contenders for wine of the vintage out this afternoon, Château Margaux, which Robert Parker rates 94-96, and Château Palmer, which is also exceptional. It's worth reading the notes to see who scores which higher. Robert Parker says of Margaux: 'It rivals what they achieved in both 2010 and 2009, which is virtually impossible to contemplate given the quality of those two vintages'.