Bordeaux 2011- Latest Releases

Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur - Latest Releases

With a bank holiday in France last week, yesterday saw a deluge of releases from some of the top names in Bordeaux. The wines came out so thick and fast that it was hard to keep track, so here is brief a summary of releases:

Léoville-Barton was one of our most anticipated releases, having produced a wine that is genuinely excellent and not far behind 2010 in terms of quality. The price at £480 per 12/75cl makes Léoville-Barton the best value Second Growth by a country mile.

Next up were the two Pichons, who have both produced wines of exceptional quality cementing their reputation as “super seconds”. I would be splitting hairs as to which I preferred, with Pichon Baron a more flamboyant and hedonistic style and Pichon Lalande a seriously classy archetypal Paulliac. Both these superstar Paulliacs were released at £378 per 6/75cl, pricing below 2008 current prices.

Rauzan Segla produced one of the wines of the vintage and certainly one of the best Margaux. We had Rauzan Segla rated just behind Château Palmer and Château Margaux, so at £297 per 6/75cl it is definitely worth considering.

Léoville-Poyferré are making some of the most modern and thrilling wines from the left bank and after receiving their first perfect Parker score in 2009, are continuing the good work in 2011. A large scaled and polished St-Julien that is in my opinion a much better wine than 2008 and is cheaper too.

Grand-Puy-Lacoste released at £398 per 12/75cl and was bang on this year. I absolutely loved 2011 GPL and hands down preferred it to Lynch Bages which is nearly twice the price. From the same stable comes Haut-Batailley, which I always find to be a reliable source of elegant and delicious claret and at £240 for 12/75cl it is very good value indeed.

Other releases included Réserve de la Comtesse at £237 per 12/75cl, Clos Fourtet at £267 per 6/75cl (a good wine but expensive) and Clerc Milon at £378 per 12/75cl. Composed by Al Luffingham

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