The en-primeur machine is now very much in gear.
After Friday’s release of Duhart-Milon, Monday saw another big name: Beychevelle. Both of these wines are offered at less than any other available vintage and Duhart-Milon’s reduction in price on their 2013 is a very welcome gesture.
The big news, and what we have been waiting for, is a wine with a real incentive to buy. At GBP 2,320 per dozen in bond, 2014 Mouton-Rothschild is the least expensive vintage of this wine available on the market. The critics are all on the same page on this wine: described by James Suckling as “excellent” and “unique”, and by Antonio Galloni as “beguiling”, the wine is priced sensibly and is the deal that we have been waiting for. With the 2013 at GBP 2457 per dozen, the 2012 at GBP 2948 and the 2011 at GBP 2894, this looks like a buy. Chx Clerc-Milon and d'Armailhac are also available at prices that seem sensible.
Other 2014s are selling and the key, unsurprisingly, is value. Ch. Senejac has found buyers, as has the quite excellent Ch. Capbern, a bargain St Estephe from the team at Calon-Ségur. Both of these offer Bordeaux lovers something to look forward to for very little outlay. Fans of the dry whites of Bordeaux will be pleased by Ch. De Retout Blanc – another bargain cellar-filler that sells well year in-year out.
So, we're now up and running. If the remaining first growths follow Mouton's lead then we will have some more wines worth buying, and hopefully the "middle order" will get their prices right too.
Director of Fine Wine