Bordeaux 2011 New Releases: Hosanna,La Fleur Petrus & Batailley

JP Moueix, Château Batailley, Robert Parker, Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Hosanna, 2011 Château Belair-Monange, 2011 Château BatailleyIt’s certainly not a campaign that’s in a hurry to get underway, but yesterday (not a bank holiday in France) saw the release of the top wines from the Moueix portfolio and also Château Batailley, always a good value purchase for those seeking reliable, classically proportioned claret.

The wines of JP Moueix are always of the highest quality and in this vintage, which favoured the right bank, there is no doubt that they are among some of the best. Robert Parker described Hosanna as being “one of the superstars of the vintage”, an opinion with which we wholeheartedly concur. There is a distinctive style to the Moueix wines, which combines attractive, almost opulent, fruit, with a restraining structure. These are not showy by any means, but serious, delicious wines, with huge potential.

2011 Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol
£495 per case of 6 bottles in bond
A compact and initially reticent nose showing touches of red plum and exotic spice. Superbly balanced and yet still tightly wound, this will undoubtedly unfold with layers of complexity with time. The deftly handled tannins add to a wonderfully supple and elegant texture. Presence on the palate is persistent yet unforced. Drinking: 2016-2030

2011 Château Hosanna, Pomerol
£450 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Under the stewardship of J.P. Moueix this tiny 4.5 ha property has built a reputation for crafting exciting wines from its typical Pomerol terroir of clay and red gravel. Polished in style, with ripe black fruit underscored by coffee and chocolate notes, framed by intense yet silky tannins and a plush mouthfeel. The finish is long and seamless. Drinking: 2014-2028

2011 Château Belair-Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
 £370 per case of 6 bottles in bond

With vines over a hundred years old planted on the famous plateau and the perfectly south-east facing slopes next to Ausone, this property is something of an undiscovered gem. Attractively ripe and juicy berry fruit, counterbalanced by a vein of fresh acidity and perfectly balanced tannins. There is presence and weight to the wine, which is unforced and elegant. Drinking: 2018-2030

Always popular with our clients, Batailley is a property that has excelled this year, with recent investment clearly paying dividends. The 2011 vintage suits the classic style of this wine, making it a highly appealing and good value prospect.

2011 Château Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac
£250 per case of 12 bottles in bond
One of the oldest estates in the Médoc producing a classic and typical Pauillac. Complex on the nose, with notes of cassis, chocolate and mocha, with a hint of cloves and cinnamon. Blackberries, chocolate notes and cream texture, with nuances of vanilla and nutmeg on the palate, there is a real plush richness to this wine. It is held together beautifully with very well integrated tannins and a soft vein of acidity running through the finish. An excellent wine that should not be missed! Drinking: 2018-2028

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