Bordeaux 2011: First Releases

Well, we said it was likely to be an early campaign, so here we go with our first releases of Bordeaux 2011 en primeur.

We have three wines first off the blocks, including two of the regions that have perhaps been the most successful in this vintage – the right bank and white wines:

G de Guiraud is a dry wine made by the team at the great Sauternes house of Château Guiraud and was a hit with staff and clients alike last year in the 2010 vintage, representing excellent value for money and incredibly good quality. In this, a year sure to be fêted as one of the great whiteBordeauxyears, it is exceptional.


2011 G de Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc Sec
£37.50 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Purchased for the first time in the 2010 vintage, Château Guiraud’s dry wine has to be one of the best value whites and is particularly strong in 2011. Ripe, tropical citrus characters are prevalent on the nose and carry through onto a palate that shows a pleasing mineral drive and a touch of grapefruit peel on the finish. Drinking: 2012-2018

Montaiguillon is another property that has always offered great value and this is certainly still the case this year. The fruit comes from one of the finest terroirs in the Montagne-St-Emilion and strict selection (including production of a second wine) makes this a real success.


2011 Château Montaiguillon, Montagne-St-Emilion
£81 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Chantal Amart does an amazing job at this perennial favourite, running Montaiguillon like a cru classé and ensuring that this wine flies in the face of those who suggest there is no value to be found inBordeaux. The 2011 is  appealing and complex with floral notes and earthy, crushed bramble fruit the tannins are fine, ripe and firm. A (badly stored) magnum of 2001 drank beautifully at a recent lunch! Drinking: 2014-2018

Caronne-St-Gemme’s vineyards back onto those of St-Julien property, Château Gruaud Larose, and François Nony has made a classically proportioned and very approachable claret in this vintage.

2011 Château Caronne Ste Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc
£84 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Low rainfall and free draining gravel and sand soils have resulted in reduced yields of with smaller berries and a higher skin to juice ratio with impressive levels of concentration. Dusky blackberry and hedgerow fruit are in abundance with a subtly medicinal note of cedar and a lick of toasty new oak. Structural tannins and fresh acidity provide a framework for this impressively endowed wine.  Drinking: 2014-2021

Our full tasting notes are now available online, with the exception of the great houses of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut Brion (these will be added soon), and you are able to express interest in all properties. Due to the somewhat interesting rumours, discussions and opinions about pricing this year, we have elected not to include an indicative price for any of the wines in this vintage.

You are of course very welcome to telephone the office on +44 1473 313300 to discuss the wines, potential prices and recommendations with the sales team, all of whom have visited the region to taste and assess the vintage.

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