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21/06/2016

En Primeur Latest Releases

by Giles Cooper (Head of Marketing & PR)

One of the most talked about wines of the campaign alongside Canon and Margaux, the resurgent Château Figeac was released today at £1115 but has already sold out. The 2015 is a truly astonishing wine – it’s as simple as that – which will take pride of place in many a cellar in years to come. We were blown away by the wine from barrel, as were the key critics: 97-99 points from Neal Martin and 97-98 points from James Suckling testify to its superior quality.

One of the final big names of the Right Bank, the great La Conseillante, is now available at £1235.

A prime example of the sumptuous quality of both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 2015, La Conseillante has triumphed in this exceptional Pomerol vintage; Neal Martin states that both he and new winemaker Marielle Cazaux feel the 2015 is in line with the 2005 which performed so brilliantly at our 10-Year-On tasting back in January 2015... as a reminder this has 97 points from Parker and 97 from Neal himself, and trades at over GBP 1600.

Continuing the Right Bank theme, Ausone was at £5600 and has sold out already. This astonishing wine achieved one of our highest scores of the campaign, our team scoring it 97-99 points. A rare blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, it sports all the flesh and exoticism of the latter with the thrilling floral, spiced and structured power of the former. The 2015 truly is a work of art from Alain Vauthier and his daughter Pauline – we were spellbound even at this utterly nascent stage so one can only imagine what is to come.

Their second wine Chapelle d'Ausone can also be bought at £1370.

It's Right Bank all the way today as this afternoon we have seen the sublime Cheval Blanc released at £5200. One of the most keenly discussed wines of the vintage, Cheval Blanc have undoubtedly fashioned a memorable wine which we are certain will rank with the finest examples to date. The conversation flows around the lack of Petit Cheval in 2015 which, winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet tells us, was because every plot which came up to scratch in fact worked so well that they formed an unmissable part of the Grand Vin blend; the two plots which didn’t quite pass muster were not considered suitable on their own to make a standalone Petit Cheval and thus, 90% of all the crop went into the Cheval Blanc.