En Primeur News: Monday, 3rd June 2019
We now have the release of one of Farr Vintners' absolute favourite wines of the vintage with Pichon Lalande out at £1656 per case. This received our equal highest score of the left bank bar Lafite, Latour and Mouton. It is probably the greatest Pichon Lalande since the legendary 1982. Wine-maker Nicolas Glumineau (who was responsible for making the 100 point Montrose 2009 and 2010) could well have produced another 100 pointer here. This is a magnificent Pauillac that captures both the cassis power and depth of the greatest wines of the appellation with the classic polish, roundness and charm of this famous property. The second wine, Reserve de la Comtesse, is also released, priced at £402 per dozen.
Small stocks are also available of Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge at £978 per dozen. With a Wine Advocate score of 97/99+ (the same rating as Haut Brion) this is going to be the most demanded wine produced here since the 2009. The Smith Blanc is available at £1020.
Some important releases this morning. First up is Léoville Lascases at £2172. We might normally urge caution about a wine that's more expensive in 2018 than in 2010 and 2009, but this super-second has amazing scores from the leading critics and is certainly a serious contender for a perfect 100 point rating after bottling.
This was swiftly followed by neighbour and arch-rival Ducru Beaucaillou who also made a fabulous wine in 2018. This is out at £1728 which is around the same market price as the 2016 and 2010 but well below the 2009.
The cult Pomerol, La Violette, is now out at £2592 per dozen. With a total production of around 400 cases, this is, not surprisingly, of very limited availability. From the same owner we also have Le Gay at £1044.