Bordeaux 2011 New releases: Beychevelle, Tourelles, Mauvesin

Chateaux Beychevelle, Tourelles, MauvesinThree new releases this morning, including the second wine of Pichon-Longueville, one of the properties that we feel performed very well in this vintage.

2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
£240 per case of 12 bottles in bond
A blend of 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from the richer soils on the Pichon-Longueville estate. Dark on the nose, with reserved notes of bramble fruit, damson and mocha. The palate shows a lovely purity and depth to the dark berry fruit core, balanced by a dart of acidity and finely-expressed tannins. Attractive and appealing.  Drinking: 2016-2024

The next wine is another new wine to us, this time from a Château purchased recently by the family behind Léoville- and Langoa-Barton, who have poured a huge amount of investment and expertise into the property over the last few months.

2011 Château Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis en Médoc
£108 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this is a classic and well-structured claret, with an enticing core of ripe, plum fruit. The terroir of the site allowed full-maturity of the Cabernet fruit in this vintage and it is this that contributes the well-judged structure and freshness of this very pleasing wine.  Drinking: 2016-2028

Beychevelle produced a wine of great finesse in 2011- the epitome of St Julien. They have also released at a sensible price, the 2011 is a much more serious wine than the cheapest available vintage currently on the market and at a substantially lower price than that vintage, making it a canny buy.

2011 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St-Julien
£495 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Care for the environment is a very major concern to the vineyard management team of Château Beychevelle, where they believe in producing high quality grapes in an environmentally friendly way. This is deep and brooding with dark fruits and a toasty edge. Quite spicy, with good concentration, black fruits are present, mirroring the aromas on the nose. The tannins are tightly wound, but balanced by a refreshing burst of acidity. Given time we expect this wine to unfold and develop into a stunning St-Julien.  Drinking: 2018-2028

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