On Monday, we welcomed members of the trade and press to our 2015 Burgundy En Primeur Tasting at 67 Pall Mall. Those who braved the appalling weather and tube strike were welcomed by a room of joyous wines. 2015 was a fantastic vintage across the board.
Well it's (nearly) that time of year again. Early news suggests that this really is a top-drawer vintage, but there are also reasons to believe that it may not be quite such a homogeneous success as either 2009 or 2010. In essence the issue is that some rain fell in September and early October before the harvest.
With the release today of Château Montrose at the wacky price of £850/12 the show is pretty much over. It has been a long haul – with many disappointingly priced wines – but there are some good buys too, which we feel are really worth considering.
This afternoon we have the release of Bruno Borie’s much praised Ducru Beaucaillou 2014 (£750/12). Like Léoville las Cases (£895/12, released on Friday) Ducru has been said by critics to be close to, or even equal to the quality of the First Growths, but at less than half the price.
This afternoon has seen the release of another of the 'Super Second' Saint Julien Chateaux - Léoville Poyferré. At £430/12 - this comes out at the same price as Léoville Barton. Jancis describes Poyferré as 'Rather glorious really' and Antonio Galloni notes 'This is without question one of the stars of the vintage.
After 4 days off, the Bordeaux releases have started early today and in great quantity. Amongst those throwing their hats in the ring are some big names like Château Figeac and Château La Conseillante and also some of our perennial favourites, the superb value wines from Château Ferrière in Margaux, and the hugely appealing Pauillac - Château Haut-Bages Liberal.
This morning sees the release of the three wines from Château Margaux. Without doubt these are some of the wines of the vintage. The ‘Grand Vin’ at £2340/12. We were hugely impressed by this classically sophisticated 2014.
Quite a late call to release today – but the wonderful wines from Denis Durantou on the right bank really deserve to have their moment in the spot-light.
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?”
The arrival yesterday of Mouton and Lynch Bages finally struck a chord with the market. Well thought out prices mean that as 'primeur buys' these wines work. This small flurry has spurred on other châteaux it seems - and there has been a rush of releases this morning.