One of this morning's releases, Chasse Spleen 2016, is well worth some attention given the exceptional quality/value ratio at GBP 258. Certainly one of the best value buys of the vintage.
2016 Chasse Spleen exploded out of the blocks with a wine of extraordinary precision, class and expression. Combining great weight of ripe, supple tannins with a streak of pure, fresh acidity – not to mention delightfully vibrant fruit – this is the epitome of 2016, a vintage which has pushed some estates to altogether new heights; Chasse Spleen is definitely one of these. It received high praise from the critics with Neal Martin awarding it 92-94 points as 'the best I have ever tasted from the estate'.
The estate wines of Gerard Perse (i.e. excluding Pavie) have also been released today:
Monbousquet – GBP 445
93-96pts, Wine Spectator: 'Gorgeous mouthfeel, with a creamy, rounded edge, yet never giving up a generally racy and focused feel.'
Pavie Decesse – GBP 1100
98-99pts, James Suckling: 'Long and refined. Perhaps better than the superb 2015.'
Bellevue Mondotte – GBP 1320
95-96pts, Neal Martin: 'You cannot help but be seduced by this Saint Emilion and its satin-like texture.'
In addition we have the fine, good value Margaux Desmirail at GBP 320 and the small-production St Emilion Gracia at GBP 760. With just 150 cases, this is a rarity indeed and scores 94-95 from James Suckling.
The hotly anticipated release of Montrose went from delight to disappointment. The price was held from 2015, a very sensible gesture, but the allocations were significantly lower than we were expecting – we were sold out before we were able to cover all pre-orders. However their very fine second wine La Dame de Montrose is available at GBP 312.