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Bordeaux 2015: Pomerols set to stun?

Two of Pomerol’s top estates, Vieux Château Certan and l’Eglise Clinet, are out with wines and prices set stun – one way or another.

VCC emerged late yesterday afternoon to party with Mouton Rothschild and Ducru Beaucaillou.

At €150 a bottle ex-négociant, it is 47% more expensive than the 2014 was on release and at £1,695 a case is a good £500 more expensive than the current market price of the ’14.

On the other hand, it is decently below the price of the 2009 and 2010 vintages and holds a better score than all cheaper vintages.

Neal Martin rated it as one of his potential 100-point wines saying it would “set hearts aflutter” and it has received strong scores from other critics too.

Out this morning was l’Eglise Clinet at €180 p/b, 36% up on last year. Rated 96-98 by Martin it received good marks from the likes of James Suckling and Jancis Robinson MW it has a market price of £1,900.

Again, this is well below the current cost of the 2005 and decently below the ’09 and ’10 – indeed it could end up with a superior score to the ’10 after some time in bottle.

A case could be made for taking the 2014 which is under £1,500 a dozen but the 2015 is clearly a ‘better’ wine when considering Martin’s scores side by side.

Both wines are produced in limited quantities and allocations are small so they tend to sell through reasonably quickly.

Corney & Barrow’s Will Hargrove told the drinks business furthermore that “in a great Right Bank vintage like this they will go.”

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