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.
Slow start to the morning after yesterday's splurge. The buy here for me is the 'cheapy' from Alain Vauthier's Ausone stable, Moulin Saint Georges. This wine is just one of those which seems to hit the spot every year, and every year I'm surprised by how incredibly reasonable it is, but then is is a not so well-known, 'under the radar' name.
Early releases include Lynch Bages, following on from the success last week for its Pauillac 'rival', Pontet Canet. At £750 per case this is cheaper than any other vintage on the market except the 2007, and while it's not perhaps the steal we have all hoped it might be, the strength of the brand here means this too must come recommended.
Selection, Selection, Selection, seems to be the new mantra on Bordeaux in recent vintages, not only in terms of grapes before the fermentations, but also in terms of the wines that 'make the grade' into each of the different cuvées that the property produces.
Bordeaux 2011 - around a £tenner, and one a bit more Below is a short list of wines selected from those so far on the market which seem to me to offer the 'no-brainer' bit of this (and any other) vintage.
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.
Late release of the day is Denis Durantou's flagship, l'Église Clinet at £575 per case of six bottles. At last someone who has listened to the market: this is offered at a price lower than any comparable vintage (2006 and 2008 are around £1400, 2009 and 2010 are over £3500). A 2011 primeur worth buying.