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07/06/2018

Bordeaux En Primeur Latest Releases

by Giles Cooper (Head of Marketing & PR)

A busy start to the day.

One of the most consistently high-scoring wines of the 2017 campaign is released today in the form of Cos d’Estournel at GBP 1308. Indeed it is one of only two red wines in the vintage, alongside the ethereal Lafleur, that has been awarded with potential for 100 points by The Wine Advocate.

In Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s EP article in The Wine Advocate, she waxes lyrical about the peaks of the 2017 vintage. Given that she rates Cos right at the top of the tree, it is fair to assume that when she says the below, she has at the very least half an eye on this remarkable 2017: “Here is a vintage where pockets of extraordinary wines possessing great depth and super ripe, super fine-grained tannins can be found, achieving ripeness in some cases at around 13% alcohol. This is a quality and style of Bordeaux that we have not seen in many, many years and, without getting into a long-winded discussion about the possible impact of climate change on wine styles, is something of a miracle in our modern times.”

Over at Vinous, Neal Martin states “It is a beautiful Saint-Estèphe in the making, much more refined than some of the blockbusters produced in the previous decade.”

The estate partners of Cos d’Estournel Blanc and Les Pagodes de Cos have been released at GBP 1020 and GBP 360 respectively.

Other releases for the day include the excellent Thienpont pair of Larcis Ducasse at GBP 588 and Pavie Macquin at GBP 632. These are well-scored and not to be missed at the price.

This afternoon Pichon Baron, one of the most consistent wines of recent decades and a critically revered 2017, was released at GBP 1176.

This was followed by the red and white pair from Smith Haut Lafitte, released at GBP 824 and GBP 990 respectively.

Further releases:

La GaffeliereGBP 576

Clos FourtetGBP 882