All Quiet on the Bordeaux Front

We are at the beginning of what will, for us, be one of the busiest en primeur campaigns in recent years. However, one could be forgiven for being unaware of this. At the moment, with the exception of the release of some (albeit good) petits-Châteaux and Sauternes, it is rather quiet.

This is not entirely unexpected. While Robert Parker has published his scores, which often heralds a flurry of price releases, this year there is the added complication of the Asia-Pacific Vinexpo in Hong Kong. Much has been made of the influence that emerging fine wine market in Asia might have on this year’s en primeur campaign. Certainly the reception that the wines and producers get at Vinexpo will be key to how the campaign proceeds and, crucially, it may have an enormous effect on the prices and availability of the top wines in this well-reviewed vintage.

Vinexpo runs from 25th to 27th May and, while we may see more Châteaux release between now and then, we believe that the majority of the major players will not release their wines onto the market until after Vinexpo.

During the Bordeaux 2009 campaign we send updates by email as wines are released. This is the best way to keep in touch in what is sure to be a heavily demanded vintage. You can sign up to receive these updates on our Bordeaux pages, where you can also register your interest in specific wines.

Releases so far (prices quoted in bond):
2009 Ch. Montaiguillon, Montagne-St-Emilion – £81/12 bt
2009 Ch. La Tour de By, Cru Bourgeois Médoc – £108/12 bt
2009 Ch. Puy-Blanquet, Grand Cru St-Emilion – £120/12 bt
2009 Ch. Amelisse, St.Emilion Grand Cru – £126/12 bt
2009 Ch. Chantalouette, Pomerol – £138/12 bt
2009 Ch. Plince, Pomerol – £220/12 bt
2009 Ch. Certan de May, Pomerol – £369/6 bt
2009 Ch. Doisy-Daëne, Cru Classé Barsac – £159/6 bt (halves also available)
2009 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Cru Classé Barsac – £124.50/6 bt (halves also available)
2009 Ch. Suduiraut, Cru Classé Sauternes – £327/6 bt in bond (halves also available)

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