LATEST RELEASES – 14th April 2014
Two recent releases from of Bordeaux are both top second growth wines. The two wines are from different ends of the Medoc but also take diametrically different approaches to pricing. St Estephe’s Cos d’Estournel is undoubtedly one of the most impressive wines made on the Medoc in 2013. Rauzan-Segla from Margaux, however, is arguably one of the best buys of the campaign so far at just £370 per dozen in bond.
The Cos d’Estournel 2013 is a well-made wine – ripe, focused, balanced, well-structured and long, but its price at just over £70 a bottle in-bond ex VAT is quite full and the estate’s 2007 can be found easily on the market significantly cheaper. Rauzan-Segla on the other hand is by far the cheapest vintage of this wine available, demonstrating a 10% cut on top of the massive price slash they delivered for the price of their 2012. This estate has also produced a very sound wine, yet has understood where prices need to be to make people want to buy them!
Quantities are limited so please let us know your requirements as soon as possible.
Cos d’Estournel, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Estèphe £850 IB case x 12 bottles
I like the focus on the nose. It is not powerful but it is intense and very well defined with blackberry and cassis notes unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a crisp level of acidity and overall, a somewhat relaxed feel, a nonchalant Cos d’Estournel that has accepted the growing season for what it is. It is actually cut from a similar cloth to the Montrose this year, although I find a little more persistency coming through towards the finish. This is a decent Cos d’Estournel that will need 4 to 6 years in bottle. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com 91-93/100
Rauzan-Segla, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux £370 IB case x 12 bottles
The grand vin has a fine bouquet, not complex but clean and fresh with redcurrant and raspberry fruit, nicely integrated oak. It needs a little more delineation although it does appear to gain clarity with encouragement. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, perhaps a little more rustic than usual but with good weight. Fine red fruit, linear and masculine, this deserves two or three years in bottle after release.
Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com 89-91/100
Price per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.
These wines will be shipped in Spring 2015
Summary of wine prices released so far
Pontet Canet, Lynch- Bages, Pichon Baron, Cos d’Estournel, Rauzan-Segla,Smith Haut Lafitte, Gazin, Petit Village, Prieuré Lichine, Chasse Spleen, Angludet…
With the wines above released already, Bordeaux 2013 primeurs are clearly well underway, but without much of the usual hype from the merchants. The wines released so far are doubtless good wines, as is confirmed by their reasonable Wine Spectator scores, but perhaps for this reason there seems to have been a reluctance to slash release prices to the extent the market had hoped for. Pichon-Baron has shown the biggest price drop so far, opening almost 17% below their 2012 price. I am sure these are very sound wines and, we will happily secure them for you if you wish to buy, but if you want a dramatic price reduction you might be better off reading on to the bottom of the email.
Notable releases so far
Lynch-Bages – £560 per case
Finally the Bordelais have given us something from the 2013 vintage we can get excited about, the Caze family offering Lynch-Bages at a price where we can offer it to you for less than £600 a case, this is at least 10% cheaper than any other vintages of Lynch-Bages currently on the market. This revered 5th growth from Pauillac – often regarded as one of the Super Seconds – has made a classic, cassis-styled Pauillac with good fruit, fine structure and great elegance.
A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine has a deep colour, and a lovely balance between rich dark fruit aromas, cedar notes and fresh acidity. The palate displays plentiful rich cassis and is of medium to full body, the flavours last well on a clean finish. Wine Spectator 92-95/100
We are offering this over-achiever at a very good price – just £560 in bond
If you have any particular requirements please do drop us an email and we can look out for them for you!
|Wine Spectator score||Price per dozen|
|Ch Pontet Canet, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac||89-92||£660.00|
|Ch Pichon Longueville Baron, 2eme Cru Classe Pauillac||88-91||£606.00|
|Ch Lynch-Bages, 5eme Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac||92-95||£560.00|
|Ch Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Cru Classe Pessac-Leognan||89-92||£435.00|
|Ch Gazin, Pomerol||£430.00|
|Ch Petit Village, Pomerol||86-89||£419.00|
|Ch Prieure Lichine, 4eme Cru Classe Margaux||£240.00|
|Ch Gloria, St Julien||87-90||£229.00|
|Ch Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Medoc||86-89||£189.00|
|Ch d’Angludet, Margaux||£159.00|
|Ch Beaumont, Haut Medoc||£90.00|
Price is per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.
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 me or email