Whilst we’re still waiting for the Cru Classe estates to break ranks in a meaningful way the last few days have seen a number of releases, including wines from the Chateaux Pichon Baron, Leoville Barton and Lynch Bages stables – suggesting more significant releases may be imminent. In addition, we have sold out of Chateau Angludet and a number of other wines, such as Gazin and Coutet are moving into a low stock situation.
Chateau Liot has long provided the Sauternes entry point into our range, with great value wines and consistent quality. 2015 is an outstanding sweet wine vintage and we’re delighted to be offering Liot at the same en primeur price as the 2013 release - £80 per 12 halves.
We have two new right bank wines to add to our list. Chateau Les Hauts Conseillants is a Lalande de Pomerol estate owned by Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, who also has Clos du Clocher in Pomerol itself. The 2015 is a blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. It shows intensity and focus with a crisp framework of tannin. The Bourotte wines are on a roll at present and, with 90-92pts in The Wine Advocate, this is very good value at £120/doz. From Saint Emilion, we’re offering Chateau Berliquet for the first time since the 2000 vintage. The 2015 vintage suited the classically proportioned wines from vineyards of limestone and clay, especially where the blend includes a healthy percentage of Cabernet Franc. Berliquet is situated alongside Chateaux Canon and Belair Monange on a limestone and clay soil, and the 2015 is 25% Cab Franc. The wines from this estate have always emphasised elegance over power and there’s something of the Cheval Blanc finesse and delicacy about them. People were excited about Berliquet ’15 from my first morning tasting in Bordeaux this year and this is a serious tip for a smart St Emilion in a strong right bank vintage. £255/doz.
This morning has seen the release of Saint Estephe property Chateau Ormes de Pez from the Lynch Bages stable. Lynch was one of the most successful Pauillacs outside of the 1st growths this year and some of that seems to have trickled down to Ormes. 49% Merlot in 2015, the fruit is succulent and polished with very rounded tannins. £210/doz.