Today's releases started with a range of Right Bankers.
The Clarence Dillon-owned Quintus (£1000) and its second wine Dragon de Quintus (£260) have both been released. This estate is the combined terroir of the estates previously known as L'Arrosee and Tertre Daugay, now with the added know-how of JP Delmas and the team at Haut-Brion. These were the most impressive wines we have tasted from the estate.
Another Right Bank estate with Left Bank owners, Nénin in Pomerol, owned by Jean-Hubert Delon of Léoville-Las Cases, has also released its wines today. Nénin itself is £445 whilst the second wine Fugue de Nénin is £195. These are always well made wines – in fact the Nénin is the highest rated yet by the Wine Advocate with 92-94 points from Neal Martin.
Finally we have Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse at £760. Made in tiny quantities, there won'tbe much to go around – and with a 98-99 point score from James Suckling, it will be in demand globally. Having enjoyed a bottle of the famous 1990 just last week we can personally attest to the unbelievable quality and ageability of this wine in top vintages. This has now sold out.
We also have the release of the key St. Estephe Cos D'Estournel at £1272. This was one of the best performing wines in what was undoubtedly a tougher vintage up north than further south in Margaux or Pessac. As a result, far less wine was produced by most St. Estephe estates and Cos is no exception, with only 39% of their crop going into the Grand Vin. Whether or not this has influenced the price we cannot say, but at £1272 it's what one might call 'reassuringly expensive'. For interest, our LiveTrade screen has the 97RP 2005 only a fraction more expensive at £1370, the 97RP 2003 at £1290 and the superb, underrated and fully ready-to-drink 2001 at just £1050...