The en primeur releases are starting to gather pace this week as familiar names and old favourites are beginning to be released to the market.
Margaux is an undeniable star of the 2015 vintage and we’re pleased to be offering one of the appellation’s most stylish Cru Bourgeois in Chateau Labegorce. The svelte texture and sweet blackberry fruit give a modern but classy rendition of the vintage at £200/cs. Alongside this we have one of the UK’s favourite Margaux wines in Chateau Angludet. The estate seem to be following a wider theme amongst the chateaux in reducing the number of cases they release en primeur. We are still trying to buy additional stock but please contact us if you’re keen to add Angludet to your 2015 purchases. Angludet’s 2015 gets an impressive 17-/20 from Jancis Robinson MW and the price is £215/cs (12).
Fronsac seems to have been coming up the inside track in recent years, quietly over-achieving and providing claret lovers with some serious wines at very fair prices. This year our top pick is Chateau Dalem, a particularly richly-structured example, full-bodied, with succulent fruit and a lifted, juicy finish. Unlike many Fronsacs this year, this is clearly built with the ambition to age, and I’d recommend stashing it in the cellar for 3-4 years from release. Dalem 2015 delivers a lot of wine for £145/cs (12).
Joining the ever popular Chateau Cissac (£100/cs), Chateau Chasse Spleen was released earlier this morning. The 2015 vintage of this wine has a greater degree of polish than we’ve seen in previous releases and is much less rustic in character. The price is £215/cs (12).
Finally, one of the best sweet wines I tasted other than Chateau d’Yquem has been released. 2015 delivered near-perfect conditions for noble rot and Chateau Coutet is blossom-scented and elegant, with a citric edge and a scintillating balance. A wine of delicacy and poise, I rated it 18/20 and will find it extremely hard not to hand over £150 for a case of 12 halves – world class wine and great value.