En Primeur News : Monday, 14th May 2018
This should be a busy week for Bordeaux 2017 en primeur releases. We start today with a big name from Pomerol. Gazin is usually one of the more reasonably priced top wines of the appellation, but we were very disappointed to see only a 4% reduction from last year's price when the wine is less good. It is offered at £700 per dozen. Better value can be found with the fabulous 2015 produced here that is still available from us at £630 and receives 95 points from Neal Martin.
Now released are the fabulous wines from Francois and Louis Mitjavile. As ever, Le Tertre Roteboeuf is stunning and over-subscribed. If you haven't pre-ordered you will probably miss out unless you are very quick! The price is £1500 per dozen. At first glance this may not look like a bargain, but it has the same score - or more - than Cheval Blanc from Farr Vintners, Neal Martin, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Derek Smedley and Matthew Jukes.
Roc de Cambes is without doubt the greatest wine from a Bordeaux "satellite" appellation. It bears a remarkable similarity to Le Tertre Roteboeuf but is one third of the price at £500 per dozen. There are many wines at this price or more that we don't rate as highly as Roc de Cambes!
Finally there are small quantities available of the same producers' Domaine de Cambes at £350 which is similar in style - but should make gorgeous drinking soon after bottling.