Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur Release Diary

Follow the highs and lows of our Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur campaign. Catch up on our week spent tasting in Bordeaux with our daily blogs.

Here we will present our Bordeaux 2016 Release Diary where you can read our journey through the campaign and get a real insight into En Primeur. Please check back here regularly, follow the updates and releases as and when they happen, read our views and get to grips with market sentiment.

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Releases so far:

Wednesday 24th May

Today we see another Grand Cru growth released with Chateau Lynch Bages at £1175 per 12. This is one of the most well-known and loved properties in the Medoc, owned by the Cazes family. The property has a strong following in the UK market and has scored highly with critics (97-99 Neal Martin, 98-99 James Suckling and 95 Jane Anson).

Tuesday 23rd May

This morning sees the release of two Grand Cru growths from St. Emilion in Chateau Angelus and Chateau Pavie Macquin, both priced at £3580 per 12. The high release prices seem to reflect the praise and impressive scores many critics have given the wines.

Chateau Cap de Faugeres has also been released at £110.

Monday 22nd May

This morning we see a few more interesting releases which came out at attractive prices. The first being Chateau Langoa Barton at £420, owned by the famous Barton family and is a perfect example of a classic Bordeaux wine impressing many critics. 

Sociando Mallet was also released at £315. This is a top Haut-Medoc property which offers good value for future drinking. 

Friday 19th May

Today we see a bout of releases starting with Chateau Palmer at £2800. This is the biggest Super Second to release to date and without doubt it was one of our most exciting tastings of the UGC week and scores very well with many critics (95-97 points Neal Martin, 99-100 point James Suckling and 17.5+/20 points Jancis Robinson MW).

We also see two releases from St Julien and the Domaine Henri Martin stable with Chateau Gloria at £360 and Chateau Saint Pierre at £545 respectively. Both wineries have made dramatic improvements in quality in recent years which is reflected in this vintage.

Thursday 18th May

It's been quite busy today with loads more En Primeur releases out this morning.

Our two buys / recommendations of the day aren’t big names however we think these wines really over deliver in the quality stakes and have famous siblings which gives them a touch of star status.

Lalande Borie, St Julien at £230 which is under the same ownership as Ducru Beaucaillou and Quinault L’Enclos, St Emilion at £285 from the renouned stable of Cheval Blanc.

Wednesday 17th May

Yesterday afternoon we saw the first of Chateau Lafite’s properties release with Duhart Milon at £640. Montrose came out at £1250 but with allocations being down from 2015 it sold out immediately and was impossible to find any extra allocations. We are a fan of their second wine La Dame de Montrose at £312 which we recommend

This morning sees a couple of big names from the left Bank

Chateau Talbot, St Julien 2016 £490
Huge international demand for this wine. Most similar quality vintages are £550
Chateau La Lagune, Medoc 2016 £420
To be honest wanted it at under £400. Step up in quality for the 2016
Clos du Marquis, St Julien 2016 £470
You can buy back vintages for 2010 etc at less, so hard to recommend at this price although they have made an excellent wine in 2016

Tuesday 16th May

This morning sees a flurry of releases.

Chateau Kirwan, Margaux 2016 at £370 …the first vintage from their brand new winery. Good but there will be better buys in my view like Malescot St Expurey and Du Tertre also from Margaux. Chasse Spleen, from Moulis is out at £258 which is a good buy. Some of the Pavie stable wines are also out.

Pavie Decasse £1100 – Pavie Macquin is likely to be a better buy
Monbousquet £370
Bellevue Mondot £1320

Friday 12th May 

This morning Chateau Cantemerle was released at £258. Without doubt it is one of the best Classed Growth Chateau in Haut-Medoc, offering great value for money at around £20 per bottle and scoring well amongst critics (90-92 points Neal Martin, 94-95 James Suckling and 88-91 points Derek Smedley MW).

Thursday 11th May

This afternoon winemaking hero and owner of Eglise Clinet, Denis Durantou's wines were released. Saintayme at £125, La Chenade at £140, Montlandire at £175 and Les Cruzelles at £200. We were hugely impressed and all the wines are recommended.

This morning sees the release of Chateau Clerc Milon at £600. From the Chateau Mouton Rothschild stable this wine comes out at a fair price, similar to the 2012 release (£590) and is well received on the Asian markets. (92-94 points Neal Martin, 94-95 points James Suckling and 17.5+/20 points Jancis Robinson MW).

Wednesday 10th May

Today we see the release of Chateau Les Ormes de Pez at £250 per 12. Owned by the Cazes family who also own Chateau Lynch-bages in neighbouring Pauillac, this St-Estephe is deemed to be one of the finest produced by the property scoring well with nearly all critics (92-94 points Nearl Martin, 93-94 points James Suckling and 16.5/20 points Jancis Robinson).

Tuesday 9th May

This morning sees the release of Chateau Branaire-Ducru at £465. Under the ownership of Patrick Maroteaux and guided by winemaker Jean-Dominique Videau, 2016 is one of the best quality vintages the chateau has produced. It has received fantastic scores from Neal Martin (92-94 points) and James Suckling has even described it as "clearly the best wine I have tasted from Branaire-Ducru" giving it 95-96 points.

Thursday 4th May

Labegorce, Margaux (£240) released yesterday afternoon making it one of the Best buy Margaux’s. This morning seeing Prieure Lichine (£350) another well known Margaux that has increased its’ quality over the last two years. 2015 was the best ever that I had tasted and 2016 is very close indeed.

Two other releases are Fonbel, St Emilion (£155) from the Ausone stable with similar scores to Moulin Saint Georges (£275) it’s neighbour makes it look like a great buy. Finally we see Potensac (£210) from the Leoville Lascases stable.

La Tour Carnet (£240) is also out, owned by Bernard Magrez, who also owns Pape Clement.

Wednesday 3rd May

This morning sees the release of Chateau D'Armailhac at £390, limited allocation. Also released are a couple of our STAR VALUE buys, Chateau Capbern at £170 and Nicolas Thienpont's Chateau Puygueraud at £110.

Tuesday 2nd May

Today we see the release of Chateau Tour Saint Bonnet at £89. Often a favourite with customers, this is one of the most popular Cru Bourgeois on the UK market and always offers great value for money (87-89 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate).

Tuesday 25th April

This morning sees a flurry of minor releases from Chateau Floridene in Graves, Chateau Les Grands Chenes and Chateau Leoville Barton's Moulis property Chateau Mauvesin Barton. None of these are on our buy list but if you are interested, please let us know.

There has also been a few excellent Sauternes releases today with Chateau Doisy-Daene at £300 (17/20 points Jancis Robinson and 94-95 points James Suckling), Chateau Doisy-Vedrines at £285 (16.5/20 Jancis Robinson and 91-92 points James Suckling) and Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey at £280 (94-95 points James Suckling).

A favourite entry Sauternes in Chateau Liot, which borders Chateau Climens is also out at £145.  

Monday 24th April

Today we see the first of the big chateau releases as Chateau Cos d'Estournel comes out at £1400. This is a super second from St. Estephe that really competes with a lot of the First Growth properties. The release price is the same as 2015, but we think 2016 is a better quality vintage. (97-98 points James Suckling and 18/20 points Jancis Robinson).

Thursday 20th April

Today sees the release of Chateau Climens at £545, a reasonable price for an outstanding wine which we place between the 2014 (97 points James Suckling) and 2015 vintage (96-98 points Neal Martin, Wine Advocate). RECOMMENED BUY

Wednesday 19th April

Today we see a flurry of releases beginning with Chateau Lanessan released at £115. This was one of our top Cru Bourgeois from the 2016 tastings and in our opinion was oustanding. RECOMMENDED - STAR BUY CRU BOURGEOIS. Hubert de Bouard, Owner of Chateau Angelus is a consultant at Lanessan. (92-92 points James Suckling)

Chateau Senejac has also been released at £115. This is under the same ownership as Chateau Talbot and consulted by Alfred Tesseron (Pontet Canet). This is always a top buy and high up on the quality versus price ratio (92-93 points James Suckling). CUSTOMER FAVOURITE.

We also see the release of two wines from the Moueix stable. First one of our STAR VALUE BUY St Emilion with Puy Blanquet released at £150. Juicy, delicious and JG (our Bordeaux Expert and Buyer who has tasted every vintage EP for the last 20 years) thinks it is probably the 'best that he has ever tasted' (90-01 points James Suckling). Lafleur Gazin is also out at £320 which equally delivers great value for Pomerol. Limited alloaction so best to be quick. (92-93 points James Suckling)  

Tuesday 18th April

First out of the blocks on our hit list for 2016 is Chateau Beaumont at £105. Without doubt one of the biggest names for Cru Bourgeois and is almost impossible to find on the market when it's ready to drink due to huge demand from Asian markets. (91-92 points James Suckling)