En Primeur News : Tuesday, 19th June 2018
As the 2017 en primeur campaign draws to a close, we finally have the release of probably the greatest wine of the vintage. When asked about his favourite right bank wine of 2017, the leading Bordeaux critic, Neal Martin, immediately picked out Eglise Clinet stating that this is a “really great” wine. The price of £2064 per dozen is within estimate and the same as that of Vieux Chateau Certan.
We now have the release of one of the undisputed wines of the vintage with the release of Vieux Chateau Certan at £2064 per dozen. Whilst this is no bargain price (you can find the 2005 cheaper) this Pomerol has the same score as Petrus from Neal Martin, James Suckling and Antonio Galloni, and a significantly higher score from the Wine Advocate (96/98 compared to 93/95).
This afternoon saw the release of Cheval Blanc at £5300 per dozen. This is one of the great names of Bordeaux and the wine-making team here do a fine job. Sadly, the en-primeur pricing of this LVMH owned property has been far too bullish in recent vintages and there is no change to this policy in 2017. Whilst it is, at least, cheaper than the 2016 and 2015 vintages, customers can buy the 95 point rated 2014 at £3850 and even the beautiful and mature 2001 at £4100. Unless you simply must have a case of every vintage of Cheval Blanc in your cellar, or you want big bottles made, there seems little point in buying at this price. The canny buyer would be better off purchasing 6 and a half cases of Canon (with a higher Wine Advocate score) at £810 per dozen.