2011 Bordeaux en primeur Dense and concentrated with flashes of brilliance In 2009 and 2010 it was difficult not to make great wine. In 2011 it was less straightforward. Location mattered, both in terms of the localised weather events, especially hail, but also in terms of the ground the vines were growing in.
Today sees the release of a fine Pomerol, Château la Conseillante. Under the intelligent directorship of Jean-Michel Laporte, La Conseillante is a property which has gone from strength to strength, and in this is a wine that all the critics liked a lot - all except Robert Parker who gave it a rather measly 88-91.
Out this afternoon is Château d'Aiguilhe, Stephan von Neipperg's entry level wine (a Castillon from the same stable as Canon la Gaffeliere). This is down 19% on the 2010 in € terms, so a good effort in this lower price range.
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'.
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'.
This morning looks like it might be a bit quieter than yesterday, with just three major releases, or four if you count red (£325) and white (£630) Domaine de Chevalier. The white has generated some interest in what is undoubtedly a very good vintage for this style.
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.
Tricky vintage. Singed or scorched (cramé or échaudé, take your pick) grapes. Rotten grapes. Grapes which had failed to turn colour properly. All needed to be sorted out. In Bordeaux there has been much experimentation with sorting in different ways, and all the properties do it - to a greater or lesser extent.
After a quiet day yesterday, ending with the release of Meyney (£210) in the late afternoon, this morning sees the release of Giscours, which I quite liked in its soft milk-chocolatey style, and to which Neal Martin has given a nice note (91-93, 'It has a pleasing purity for the vintage.
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.
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.