En Primeur News: Friday, 3rd May 2019
There are two releases today of wines made by the owners of "super second" Châteaux. First up is Clos du Marquis from the Delon family, owners of Léoville Lascases. This is out at £464 per dozen which is, more or less, the same price at which you can currently find the 2016, 2010 and 2009 vintages in the market today. It's a fine St Julien to be sure, but the pricing here makes purchase en primeur look questionable. Especially so when it's positioned above Branaire Ducru and Langoa Barton.
From the Cazes family of Lynch Bages is the altogether more reasonably priced Les Ormes de Pez at £250 per dozen. 2018 is clearly an outstanding vintage in St Estèphe and at £250, this offers value for money at a lower price than you will pay for other top vintages. This is a Château whose wines can be drunk in their youth yet those who have tasted the 1989 and 1990 will know that it has also has a great ability to age well too.
In Pessac-Leognan we have Malartic Lagraviere Rouge at £420 whilst their white is at £460.
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