Bordeaux En Primeur 2012 – Plenty of interest to be found

Pichon-Longueville ComtesseThe 2012 en primeur campaign is moving along in fits and starts. It opened with some promise as several high profile Chateaux bit the bullet and offered the sort of bargains we needed to tempt us to dip our toes into the market’s frigid waters. Alas a string of bank holidays has seen offers dry up and recent releases have seen fewer bargains – that is until Pichon Comtesse cut their price by 20% this morning and gave us a wine we can offer at a price (£640 dzn) below other available vintages from the same property currently in the market. There are plenty of Chateaux still to release their wines but we need to see more 20% price drops before most of us will be convinced to strip off and dive right into this campaign – Otherwise we will all have no choice but to invest in 2011 Ports instead.

Generally the vintage is assessed to be a good one, although not reaching the heights of 2009 or 2010. The wines are attractive, supple and approachable – offering mid-term drinking over the next 10-15 years – they will be something nice to drink while the tannic 2010s soften!

Of the other wines offered Chateau Pedesclaux is worth noting, Robert Parker rating it the finest Pedesclaux I have ever tasted. Previously this Pauillac Fifth Growth was often arguably the worst wine from a classed growth, thus it would be easy to miss its Parker score of 89-93, potentially ranking it alongside the likes of Palmer, Cos d’Estournel, Pichon Baron and Ducru Beaucaillou which all scored with a range of up to 93. In the last few years property magnate Jacky Lorenzetti has invested heavily in this perennial underperformer, the the price for the 2012 however is just £225 per dzn!!!

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 please ask and we will 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 database.

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

Parker /100 Price/dzn IB
Chateau La Fleur Pétrus, Pomerol 94-96 £998.00
Chateau   Angelus, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion 94-96 £1,960.83
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 93-95 £640.00
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan 92-94 £450.00
Chateau Cantemerle, 5eme Cru Classé Haut-Medoc 89-91 £202.09
Chateau Kirwan, 3eme Cru Classé, Margaux 89-91 £253.05
Chateau Prieure-Lichine, 4eme Cru Classé, Margaux 86-88 £254.77
Chateau Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 92-94 £2,800.00
Chateau Talbot, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, St Julien 90-92 £295.00
Chateau Léoville-Barton, 2eme Cru Classé, St Julien 90-92 £485.00
Chateau Pedesclaux, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac 89-93 £225.00
Chateau Duhart-Milon, 4eme Cru Classé, Pauillac 87-89 £583.77
Chateau Pichon-Lalande, 2eme Cru Classé, Pauillac 91-93 £635.00
Chateau Pontet-Canet, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac 94-95 £660.00
Chateau Lynch-Bages, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac 87-89 £859.67
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac 95-97 £2,905.00
Château Les Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estèphe 85-87 £193.50
Chateau Calon-Segur, 3eme Cru Classe, St Estephe 90-92 £430.00
Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes £172.65

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

David Allen MW


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