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14 May 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan earns title for best wine of 2011

Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan has been named as the best wine of the 2011 en primeur vintage.

The Liv-ex Fine Wine Exchange calculated the mean average scores of 40 en primeur wines by the most influential wine critics, including Jancis Robinson and the Wine Spectator.

On average, Vieux Chateau Certan earned a score of 94.8, the highest of any other wine.

Indeed, Right Bank wines are the winners of the vintage, as Cheval Blanc achieved the second-highest scores, with an average of 94.7.

Latour, which was voted by Liv-ex members in its annual survey as the wine of the vintage, came in third with 94.4 points.

Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild completed the top five, with 94.2 and 94.1 respectively.

This is perhaps surprising, however, as Lafite and Mouton were named as two of the most disappointing wines of the vintage in the same survey, suggesting that members' views were not comparable to the wine critics.

No wine of the 2011 en primeur vintage achieved 100 points, although the wine investment industry was warned that the year would not be comparable to the 2009 and 2010 vintages.

Trading of 2011 en primeur has been disappointing so far, particularly as most critics have published their scores and tastings for the vintage.

However, today (May 14th) could see a hike in trading as Château Margaux, Palmer, Lynch Bages and Lascombes released their 2011 prices this morning.

Encouragingly, Margaux released at 40 per cent below its 2010 price, The Drinks Business reported, as did Lascombes.

Lynch Bages posted price falls of 31 per cent, making it cheaper than the 2001 and 2008, which the news provider suggested  has so far been the best way to have a successful campaign, as shown by Pontet Canet and Lafite.

The winemakers at Chateau Palmer, however, have chosen to set the price at just 25 per cent lower than its 2010 vintage, which could lead to fewer buyers.

Posted by Paula Henderson


 Category: En primeur wine

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