A group of wine trade colleagues and customers convened once again for a horizontal Burgundy tasting last week at Medlar Restaurant. It was the turn of the 2011 vintage for White Burgundy and it threw up some interesting conclusions.
Today we can offer probably the most anticipated release of the campaign: Château Lafite. At £1400 IB per case of 6 bottles, this is the least expensive quality vintage on the market by some margin. Physical vintages of comparable quality are offered from £1600 per case of 6 bottles (2012) to £2600 per case of 6 bottles (2008).
Chateau Margaux has released its Grand and Second Vin today. As expected, they have released the Grand Vin at the same price as Mouton and Haut Brion, making it yet another very compelling First Growth to buy now at £2320 per case.
Domaine Clarence Dillon have released today two of the star wines from 2014: Chateaux Haut Brion (£2320/case) & Mission Haut Brion (£1420/case). These were the last two wines we tried during our time in Bordeaux and what a send-off it was. The Haut Brion is supremely elegant with an incredibly long finish and the Mission Haut Brion showed its inimitable dark, spicy fruit on the nose but it is also made in a very elegant and focused style this year.
Château Lynch Bages has just released its 2014 vintage at £575 per case. They have made an extremely good wine this year which combines the ripe, dense and complex fruit of the estate with the lovely balance of the vintage.
We are pleased to offer today the wines from the Mouton Rothschild stable, including the Grand Vin itself. All the wines are made by the same team and quality is very high across the board.
We thought the Armailhac shows lovely fruit and balance and at £230 per case, represents good value. The Clerc Milon is also very good but considering the price of £320 per case, we think Armailhac is the better buy.
In our opinion, Volnay is the finest red wine appellation in the Cote de Beaune and Marquis d'Angerville is the finest producer of Volnay. The domaine makes wines which somehow combine the ripe and rich dark fruits of the Cote de Beaune with the breed and finesse of the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
We had the pleasure of making our annual trip to Bordeaux to try the 2014s last week and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of many of the red wines. In our view, it is a very good vintage, certainly the best since 2010, and if priced correctly could be a vintage to buy now for future drinking.
I have recently returned from a trip to La Rioja Alta which was enlightening, entertaining and most of all, incredibly interesting. I had never been to Rioja before
I met up with a few friends in the wine trade last night to watch the England-Uruguay match and to drink a few good bottles of wine.