En Primeur News: Friday, 24th May 2019
Pontet Canet has been released this morning. As has been well-documented, this vineyard is farmed bio-dynamically and the yield in 2018 is around a quarter of normal - at a miniscule 10 hl/ha. The wine is extremely concentrated and proprietor Alfred Tesseron describes it as his "new 1961" and the best Pontet ever. It's certainly an impressive wine with huge scores from the leading critics and has the lowest production ever recorded here :-
97/99 Wine Advocate
97/98 James Suckling
96/98 Jed Dunnock
At £1040 per dozen the price seems suprisingly reasonable to us at the low end of our estimate. It's only 2.5% up on the 2017, 25% down on the 2016 and more than 30% less than the current prices of the 2009 and 2010.
Brane Cantenac have made a beautiful wine in 2018 which may well turn out to be as good as the gorgeous wines produced here in 2015 and 2016. The price of £623 is similar to the current market price of those vintages and around 20% less than the 2009 and 2010.
Phelan Ségur from St Estèphe is out at at £425. It’s one of their finest vintages ever: “a more refined version of the 2010” which is just as well as the price is a touch higher than the 2016, 2010 and 2009 in today’s market and consequently above our top estimate.