Bordeaux 2011: Stay in touch

While in previous vintages the buzz from Bordeaux has been more or less inescapable, you may have noticed that everything has been somewhat quieter this year.

Having recently travelled out to Bordeaux as part of a trip organised by the Institute of Masters of Wine, I can confirm that this is not because 2011 is a bad vintage. Indeed, as several producers said, we are very unlikely to see another truly bad vintage; such is the knowledge and understanding of how to manage vineyards and the tools at everyone’s disposal in the cellars. The 2011s I tasted were good wines. In all honesty, they are not by any means comparable to the 2009s and 2010s, although I have no doubt that there will be shining exceptions to this when the majority of wines are tasted in the first week of April. It certainly appears this could be an excellent vintage for dry whites and sweet wines.

We are hoping for sensible (i.e reduced) prices and expect them to be released from the Châteaux earlier than usual this year, leaving us little time to organise our usual tasting note document. Therefore, we will be running the campaign slightly differently. In general, as the wines are released, we will send emails concerning the relevant Châteaux and the price. These wines will then be made available on a first-come first-served basis on our website.

Bordeaux 2011 Release 2012

There will of course be wines that we will need to allocate as usual, though perhaps a smaller number than usual. For these, listed below, we recommend that you express your interest online or email us to let us know that you are interested in receiving the price when it is released. When these wines are subsequently made available, we will let you know.

2011 Château Lafite-Rothschild
2011 Carruades de Château Lafite
2011 Château Latour
2011 Château Mouton-Rothschild
2011 Château Margaux
2011 Château Haut-Brion
2011 Château Eglise-Clinet
2011 Château La Fleur Petrus
2011 Château Hosanna
2011 Château Le Pin

Our entire sales and buying teams will be visiting Bordeaux during the first week of April in order to fully assess the vintage. You will be able to follow our progress and opinions on this blog and on twitter (@laywheeler).

Kat Wiggins

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