En Primeur News : Friday, 11th May 2018

Today sees the en primeur release of the amazingly good value wines of the so-called “Satellite Appellations” from Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet.

L’Eglise Clinet is one of the superstars of the vintage and is ranked by Neal Martin as one of the three best reds of 2017 along with Lafleur and Lafite. But it will, of course be priced accordingly.

However, this Pomerol legend’s junior siblings will offer the canny Bordeaux buyer some of the best value wines of the vintage with prices starting at under £11 per bottle!

These delicious right-bank wines receive consistently positive reviews from the critics with scores similar to wines that will be sold at considerably higher prices.

This year, the pick of the bunch for value and quality is Montlandrie which receives the same Neal Martin score as L’Evangile – a wine that will no doubt sell at more than 5 times the price. At £175 per dozen, this looks to be one of the best value wines in 2017 with ratings from the critics at the same level as many well-known classed growths

As usual, Durantou’s other wines – from Saint Emilion and Lalande de Pomerol – are top quality and modestly priced.

Saintayme receives a higher Neal Martin score than the 2016 vintage and has the same rating in 2017 as Alter Ego de Palmer which sells at £585. It will be hard for any 2017 Bordeaux to beat the price here of £130 per dozen

La Chenade is rated 16.5 points by Julia Harding MW of JancisRobinson.com – the same score as Duhart Milon, Gazin and Pape Clément. These are wines that will sell at several times the the price here of £145.

Les Cruzelles is rated 91 points by Jane Anson of Decanter.com – the same score as Certan de May and Gruaud Larose. In our view this is Lalande de Pomerol’s finest wine and the price remains steady at £200.

These four wines from Denis Durantou are top quality right bank Bordeaux, made by one of the region’s best winemakers, at prices that will be hard to beat in this en primeur campaign!

 




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