Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – what a difference a year makes

This year the Bordeaux en primeur campaign has been a huge contrast to last year’s fiasco.

For a start the chateaux have begun to make their offers now, rather than waiting until the end of June as many did in 2012! Secondly, a number of them appear to have realised that prices needed to be cut drastically before the market would be interested in purchasing.  As a result there have been some real bargains, Rauzan-Segla, Kirwan, Prieure-Lichine, Talbot, Batailley and d’Armailhac to name just half a dozen.

Also, in a major turn up for the books, some estates chose to release their prices before knowing their Parker scores – Market making American wine critic Robert Parker Jnr. released his scores only last Friday.  Now that Parker has pronounced, estates can set their prices and we the consumers can buy with confidence – however as Wednesday was a public holiday in France, few of the remaining estates have offered their wines so far this week, but it seems reasonable to expect a number of them to do so today and Friday.

The quality of the vintage

Generally the vintage is assessed to be a good one, although not reaching the heights of 2009 or 2010. The wines are attractive and supple, but most lack the depth and structure to be more than mid-term drinking over the next 10-15 years – they will offer something nice to drink while the tannic 2010s soften! The best wines of the vintage appear to be a particularly good crop of Pomerols and some of the best St Emilions where some top class wines have been produced.

The releases so far

The table below details Coe Vintners 2012 en primeur offer to date, with prices and Parker scores. Please be aware stocks are limited, so if there are particular wines you want please contact us as quickly as possible. If there are other wines you are looking for in particular please contact us and we can try and source them for you. If you would like to receive details of Coe Vintners 2012 en primeur offers please let us know and we will add your address to our en primeur mail database.

 

Parker /100 Price/dzn IB
Chateau La Fleur Petrus,   Pomerol 94-96 £998.00
Chateau Angelus, 1er Grand   Cru Classe, St Emilion 94-96 £1,960.83
Chateau Pavie, 1er Grand   Cru Classe, St Emilion 94-96+ £1,960.83
Chateau Cantemerle, 5eme   Cru Classe Haut-Medoc 89-91 £202.09
Chateau Kirwan, 3eme Cru   Classe, Margaux 89-91 £253.05
Chateau Prieure Lichine,   4eme Cru Classe, Margaux 86-88 £254.77
Chateau Rauzan Segla, 2eme   Cru Classe Margaux 93-95 £404.86
Château Margaux, 1er Grand   Cru Classe, Margaux 92-94 £2,800.00
Chateau Talbot, 4ème Grand   Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 90-92 £295.00
Chateau Batailley, 5eme Cru   Classe Pauillac 89-91+ £231.37
Chateau d’Armailhac, 5eme   Cru Classe Pauillac 89-91 £280.16
Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme   Cru Classe Pauillac 87-89 £345.22
Chateau Duhart Milon, 4eme   Cru Classe Pauillac 87-89 £583.77
Chateau Lynch Bages, 5eme   Cru Classe Pauillac 87-89 £859.67
Chateau Mouton Rothschild,   1er Cru Classe Pauillac 95-97 £2,613.42
Chateau Lafite Rothschild,   1er Cru Classe Pauillac 92-95 £3,750.00
Château Les Ormes de Pez,   Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estephe 85-87 £193.50

 

Prices quoted are per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.
Errors & Omissions excluded.

To read more about Bordeaux 2012 en primeur, please click here

For those considering a first step into Bordeaux en primeur, we have prepared a brief guide here.

If you need any guidance we are very happy to explain any part of the process, please call 020 8418 2823 or email finewines@coevintners.com

 

 

 

 

Parker /100

 

Price/dzn IB

 

 

Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol

 

94-96

 

£998.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Angelus, 1er Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion

 

94-96

 

£1,960.83

 

 

Chateau Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion

 

94-96+

 

£1,960.83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Cantemerle, 5eme Cru Classe Haut-Medoc

 

89-91

 

£202.09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Kirwan, 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux

 

89-91

 

£253.05

 

 

Chateau Prieure Lichine, 4eme Cru Classe, Margaux

 

86-88

 

£254.77

 

 

Chateau Rauzan Segla, 2eme Cru Classe Margaux

 

93-95

 

£404.86

 

 

Château Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Margaux

 

92-94

 

£2,800.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Talbot, 4ème Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Julien

 

90-92

 

£295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Batailley, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac

 

89-91+

 

£231.37

 

 

Chateau d’Armailhac, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac

 

89-91

 

£280.16

 

 

Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac

 

87-89

 

£345.22

 

 

Chateau Duhart Milon, 4eme Cru Classe Pauillac

 

87-89

 

£583.77

 

 

Chateau Lynch Bages, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac

 

87-89

 

£859.67

 

 

Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe Pauillac

 

95-97

 

£2,613.42

 

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe Pauillac

 

92-95

 

£3,750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Château Les Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estephe

 

85-87

 

£193.50

 

 

Prices quoted are per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability. Errors & Omissions excluded.

 

 

To read more about Bordeaux 2012 en primeur, please click here

 

For those considering a first step into Bordeaux en primeur, we have prepared a brief guide here.

 

If you need any guidance I am happy to explain any part of the process, please call 020 8418 2823 or email finewines@coevintners.com

 

 

 

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