Friday, 9 May 2014

Top Picks from the Bordeaux 2013 En Primeur Tasting

Last night, we held our Bordeaux 2013 en primeur tasting in the Bristol cellars. As you may have heard, 2013 was a challenging vintage but everyone I spoke to last night was surprised and delighted with the wines. For those of you who couldn't make it, here are a few highlights from the night...

First, it was a good year for whites - both dry and sweet. I'd be very happy with a case of Chateau Lespault-Martillac Blanc, made by Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier, which is a smart buy at £225 for a case of 12. As for sweeties, Chateau Doisy-Vedrines (£115 for 12 half bottles) was on fine form last night, displaying a wonderful vibrancy and energy.

The reds this year will appeal more to wine drinkers than investors but what's wrong with that? Top of my best buys list would be Chateau Villemaurine (£250 for 12 bottles), which Robert Parker recently described as having "risen from one of the most disappointing grand cru classes of St.-Emilion to one of the best" - hear, hear.

On the left-bank, I was impressed by the wines of St-Estephe which escaped much of the September rain that plagued other parts of Bordeaux. Chateau Capbern Gasqueton made by Vincent Millet, winemaker at Calon Segur, is another good by at £125 for 12 bottles.

All the prices quoted are en primeur (special pre-release prices) with duty, VAT and onward delivery payable when the wines arrive in the UK in summer 2016. Our full en primeur offer is due to be released early next month but if you're interested in reserving any of the wines above or would like to find out more about buying en primeur, please call the fine wine team on 01275 811107.


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