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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 14th June

Vieux Chateau Certan has been released this morning at £2364 per 12, scoring very highly indeed amongst critics (95-97 points Neal Martin, 98-99 points James Suckling and 19/20 points Jancis Robinson MW). This is under allocation and has sold out.

Tuesday 13th June

This morning we see the release of another Pomerol superstar wine with Chateau Figeac being released at £1860. Neal Martin awarded it 98-100 points describing it as "stunning" and  James Suckling called it "precision defined" scoring it 96-97 points.

Chateau La Conseillante has also been released at £1860 which also scores well with critics and James Suckling states "it is the greatest Conseillante of modern times" (96-98 Neal Martin, 98-100 points James Suckling and 17+/20 points Jancis Robinson MW).

Monday 12th June

Today we see the release of Chateau Leoville Lascases at £2100 which has had some incredible reviews and scores very highly indeed with James Suckling calling it a "unique Las Cases that harkens back to some of the great classics such as 1985 or 1986" (98-100 points Neal Martin, 98-99 points James Suckling and 19/20 points Jancis Robinson MW).

Friday 9th June

A very late release came in the form of right bank heavyweight Chateau l'Evangile at £2125 and has been rated as one of the Pomerols of the vintage and scores well amongst critics (94-96 points Neal Martin, points 98-99 James Suckling and 17.5/20 points Jancis Robinson MW).

Thursday 8th June

We now have the release of one of the finest wines of Pauillac in 2016. Pichon Baron is released at £1350.

This afternoon sees the release of Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge at £935 with Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc at £875.

Finally two we have two top right bank wines fro Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix. Belair Monange is available at £1320 per dozen and La Fleur Petrus at £1900.

This morning we have already seen a few releases, beginning with Chateau Clinet at £864. It has received the same scores by Neal Martin as fellow Pomerol's such as Le Pin, Petrus and Lafleur by being awarded 96-98 points (16/20 points Jancis Robinson MW, 94-95 James Suckling and 97 Jane Anson).

Across in St Julien Chateau Leoville Poyferre is out at £800 and has been received well amongst critics with Jane Anson describing it as "sophisticated but supremely balanced" (95-97 Neal Martin and 18/20 Jancis Robinson MW).

Neighbouring Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou has also been released at £1700.

Wednesday 7th June

This morning see the last wines from the Margaux Commune to be released. First was Chateau Lascombesat £680 which to be honest I thought was disappointing. Two wines that I liked where Chateau D’Issan(£570) and Dufort Vivens (£485) which was really impressive. A huge step up in quality although it is slightly expensive.

Blason D’Issan, Margaux 2016 (£225), The Second wine of Chateau D’Issan is a great buy if you want great value Margaux. Looking back on Margaux are star buys are

Labegorce, Margaux 2016 £240

We were sold out but we have just managed to get an extra 5 cases – Be quick
Du Tertre, Margaux 2016
Same ownership as Giscour – Wonderful balance and purity. Recommended buy
Giscours, Margaux 2016 £540 
Outstanding – OUR ALL ROUNDER where price and Scores are brilliant
Malescot Saint Exupery, Margaux 2016
More modern style but still typically, graceful Margaux – Big Score from James Suckling – LOW STOCK
Rauzan Segla, Margaux 2016 £
Same ownership as Canon and the best Margaux behind Ch Margaux and Palmer

From the Right bank we see Stepan Von Neipperg releasing his big Guns, Canon La Gaffeliere (£775) and La Mondotte (£2390) as well as Clos Fourtet (£1000). Again we think there are some better buys with equally good scores from Larcis Ducasse (£640) and Pavie Macquin (£) as well as Quinault L’Enclos, from the Cheval Blanc stable that we recommend at only £285.

Tuesday 6th June

Last but not least, Brane Cantenac has been released and is on allocation. Please contact us if you are interested.

Leoville Barton is on the market at £780 with James Suckling saying it should "be better than the 2015" and Neal Martin describing it as "not far off" the stellar 2015 vintage. Feytit Clinet has also been released at £585 and scores well with judges, Jancis Robinson MW states it is "really quite dramatic in 2016! Luscious yet with a framework" (93/95 Neal Martin, 94/95 James Suckling and 17/20 Jancis Robinson).

Overshadowed but not to be underestimated, Bellevue was released this morning at £370 offering great value for money scoring well with James Suckling who gave it 97-98 points.

After a French public holiday yesterday, there's been a lot of excitement this morning as Margaux was released at £5184 per 12. It claimed all the headlines and scores well with judges (97/99 Neal Martin, 98/99 James Suckling and 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson). Pavillon Rouge, the second wine of Margaux, is also out at £1380.

Friday 2nd June

This morning we have seen a rush of releases beginning with Pavie Macquin at £720. It scores well with critics and Neal Martin describes it as "one of the best Pavie Macquins" he has tasted giving it 94/96 points. Giscours has also been released at £540 which has always been known as "classic Margaux" and deemed a "real cloud pleaser" by Jancis Robinson (93/95 Neal Martin, 96/97 James Suckling and 17 Jancis Robinson).

We have seen the release of another First Growth, Cheval Blanc at £6400, impressing most critics it has received high praise indeed with Neal Martin declaring it "a classic and intellectual Cheval Blanc" (97/99 Neal Martin, 98/99 James Suckling and 18.5 Jancis Robinson). The stables second wine, Le Petit Cheval, is also out at £1420.

Domaine de Chevalier is also out £648. Many critics making price comparisons to the 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages and Jane Anson states that "this has all the signature welcome and power of the very best vintages of Domaine de Chevalier”. 94/96 Neal Martin, 96/97 James Suckling and 96 Jane Anson).

Malartic Lagraviere has been released at £492 and de Fieuzal Rouge at £385 respectively.

Thursday 1st June

This afternoons biggest release comes from Saint Emilion with Canon at £880. Winemaker Nicolas Audebert describes it as "classic" Canon and receives high praise from many critics (97/99 Neal Martin, 96/97 James Suckling and 18.5/20 Jancis Robinson). Please be aware this wine is under allocation.

Two very good wines from the Medoc were also announced with Rauzan Segla and Grand Puy Lacoste, both at £735 respectively. They both scored well with 95/97 points from Neal Martin, and offer good value for money at a fraction of the price of neighbouring properties. 

Lacoste Borie has also been released at £230 per 12.

All the headlines this morning refer to the release of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, which was very well received amongst critics and scored 100 points from James Suckling, released at £5,185 per 12.

Slightly over shadowed by this is Troplong-Mondot in Saint-Emilion where they have made fantastic wine this year and priced at £1,200 (96/97 James Suckling). Pedesclaux is also out at £370 and is a more feminine and delicate style of Pauillac, scoring well with critics (93-95 points Neal Martin). 

Wednesday 31st May

Busy morning with loads of releases and some high scores. In horse racing terms it was a 5F sprint.

Calon Segur at £765 was the mornings favourite with a huge backing from James Suckling (98-99 points and quoting it as his wine of the vintage). This is a jump up in price but with Montrose at £1200 (97-98 from Suckling) the price is fair to good. Malescot St Exupery £500 from the Margaux stable also with hot odds (98-99 James Suckling) is well fancied and has lots of interest.

Don’t write off Rouget from Pomerol at £450 (94-95 Suckling) which is likely to be one of the best value buys from Pomerol. Lagrange, St Julien at £420 is well fancied (95-96 Suckling) which allocations down by 40% we are expecting it to sell out quickly.

Last out of the stalls is Phelan Segur, a real step up from last year and well fancied also (94-95 from James Suckling). Finally if you are after real value than don’t over look Les Fiefs de Lagrange at £210, which scored 90 points from Decanter.

Tuesday 30th May

We started the morning with confirmation of our first allocation of TrotteVieille £700, The impressive St Emilion Grand Cru property that is under the same ownership as Batilley in Pauillac. It has a huge 97-98 score from James Suckling. This was almost swamped by the big guns of Pessac with La Mission Haut Brion £3960 (98-100 Neal Martin) and Haut Brion at £4980 (100 points James Suckling) being released.

Larcis Ducasse (£640) also released. Modern styled, very seductive that is under the same ownership as Pavie Macquin with Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. (93-95 Neal Martin and 95-96 James Suckling). Other releases are the charming Reserve de Comtesse, second wine of Pichon Comtesse Lalande 2016 at £355 and the hugely improved Chateau Nenin, Pomerol at £575 that is under the same ownership as Leoville Las Cases.

Thursday 25th May

Today is a bank holiday in France and we expect a quiet day on the En Primeur front tomorrow.  Look out for potential releases on Monday (our bank holiday).  Meanwhile our Lynch Bages allocation has sold out and Croix de Beaucaillou is also sold, however trying to get more of the latter from the Chateau.  

Wednesday 24th May

Today we see another 5th Growth Cru Classe 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 Classe 'A' from St. Emilion in Chateau Angelus and Chateau Pavie, 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 Suckli

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