En Primeur News : Wednesday, 6th June 2018
Following on from the release of Rauzan Segla, we now have one of our absolute favourite wines of Bordeaux with the release of Grand Puy Lacoste from Pauillac. This classic claret is out at exactly the same price as Rauzan Segla - £648 per dozen.
The hot news is that the 3 Chanel owned properties have just been released en primeur.
Rauzan Segla is a second growth that is enjoying a great run of vintages. At £648 per dozen it is over £100 per case cheaper than the 2016 and £300 cheaper than the 2015. Neal Martin scores this wine just 1 point less than the much higher priced neighbours at Palmer and Margaux. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, in the Wine Advocate, rates it 94-96 points - which puts it higher than 2 Léovilles and the equal of Pichon Lalande. We are confident in predicting that there will be no better deal for a 2nd Growth of this high quality in 2017.
Canon is absolutely the on-form Chateau in St Emilion these days with their 2015 now at over £2000 per dozen and their 2016 at £1500. At £810 per dozen this looks like a good deal - especially when one considers the expected price of rivals Figeac, Angelus and Pavie. This has high ratings in the mid 90's from all the critics and if you are only going to buy one right bank wine in 2017 - this has got to be it.
The new addition to the Chanel stable is Berliquet - which is a neighbour of Canon. The 2017 vintage is the first to be made by the Canon team with quality clearly on the up and a move away from the over-extracted style of recent vintages. The price is £372.
The biggest release today was that of Calon Segur. This is a Chateau that is very much in the "super second" league these days yet prices remain modest. At £750 per dozen it is significantly cheaper than the current prices of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages and in fact you'll not find any vintage of Calon at a lower price in the market today. This is the same pricing policy as that of Chateau Beychevelle and, like that wine, this will sell out to those loyal followers of Calon Segur who were smart enough to pre-order.
From Margaux we have the releases of Giscours and Brane Cantenac at over their top estimates. Both are only a touch down on their 2016 prices, more expensive than they were in the great 2015 vintage and a whopping 50% up on 2014. Consequently, they will struggle to sell in 2017 at £510 and £575 respectively.
In Pomerol we have the release of Feytit Clinet at £500.