En Primeur News: Friday, 10th May 2019
This is the last working day before the big Vinexpo wine trade fair in Bordeaux. There are several new releases today. The biggest of these is Château Palmer at £2890. With a yield of just 11 hl/ha, this has been compared to the famous 1961 vintage produced here and has huge scores from the critics. The price was always going to be high for this potential legend and one has to go back to 1989 to find a Palmer at a higher price than this. Nevertheless the small quantity produced and the undoubted quality have resulted in the wine selling out.
In Saint Emilon we have Larcis Ducasse at £594. Much loved by American critics for its concentration and power, this is almost certainly the only wine of the vintage with a 96/98 rating from The Wine Advocate that will be sold at under £600 per dozen.
In the very successful commune of St Estèphe we have Lafon Rochet at £384 - a touch under the market price of the 2016, 2010 and 2009 vintages.
Just down the road in Pauillac we had a bit of a shock with the price of Clerc Milon which, at £730, is the first wine of the campaign to be released at above our top estimate - with a "prix de sortie" 20% up on the 2016. However, this Château has a big following in Asia and may well work in that market. The British may prefer to buy Haut Batailley at over £200 per dozen less.
Folowing on from the release of their next-door neighbour's wine, we now have Duhart Milon at a lower price, £655, albeit just over our top estimate. However, we rated this wine very highly. Jean-Guillaume Prats believes it to be the greatest Duhart Milon ever made and we don't disagree.