En Primeur News: Thursday, 9th May 2019
Yesterday was a public holiday in France but today they are back - with several new releases expected. We start with Pape Clément Rouge at £794 per dozen. This is a wine with very high ratings - particularly from the US critics. However, the 2016 vintage was the recipient of similar scores and that wine is still available at £750. Or, if you believe that the 2018 has the potential to rival the 2009 and 2010 produced here, then this is around half the price of those two years. It really depends on where you place 2018 in the rankings of recent vintages. Pape Clément Blanc is available at £1185.
The same can be said for Armailhac - from the owners of Mouton Rothschild. This is released at £420 - the same price at which customers can currently purchase the 2016 vintage - but a good 20% less than the 2009 and 2010.
Bruno Borie of Ducru Beaucaillou has released his Croix de Beaucaillou at £402 (this wine is of classed growth quality nowadays) and Lalande Borie at £229.
This afternoon sees the release of Vray Croix de Gay at £600 per dozen. This tiny property is situated between L'Eglise Clinet and Le Gay and has recently been purchased by the owner of Château Latour. This is the first vintage fully under the new ownership and Vray Croix de Gay now joins a portfolio of great estates that includes Château Grillet, Clos de Tart, Domaine d'Eugenie and Eisele Vineyard. This could well become the next cult Pomerol micro-cuvée.
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