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Bordeaux 2022: Léoville Barton, Langoa Barton and Doisy-Védrines released

As this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign gets going, this morning saw the release of Château Léoville Barton and Château Langoa Barton in Saint-Julien, and Château Doisy-Védrines in Barsac.

This week has already seen some punchy pricing, and the Léoville Barton 2022 continued this trend, being released at €64.20 per bottle ex-négociant, up 15.1% on 2021’s opening price. It is being released to the international trade at £780 per case of 12. which represents a 16.7% increase on the opening price of £669 per case, last year.

So far, only scores from  James Suckling and William Kelley of (Wine Advocate) are available, garnering a barrel range of 95-96 points and 96-97+ respectively. Suckling praised it for being “very polished and poised” and “harmonious for the vintage”, while Kelley named it as one of the stars of the Médoc “and a wine likely to equal or surpass its 2019 and 2016 counterparts”. The 2019 is currently on the market at a premium of around 5.6% Liv-ex pointed out, but the 94-point scoring 2017 vintage offers better value, at £570 per case, around 27% lower than today’s release.

Château Langoa Barton 2022 was been released this morning at €34 per bottle ex-négociant, up 15.6% on 2021’s opening price – no doubt due to the 30% reduction on last year’s yields. The vintage is also being offered by the international trade for £428 per case of 12, which Liv-ex pointed out was a 20.9% increase on the 2021’s opening price of £354 per case. The wine has received positive scores from the critics so far, with William Kelley of Wine Advocate calling it “one of the most intelligent purchases of the en primeur campaign’, with a barrel range of 93-95+ points, while James Suckling gave it a barrel range of 96-97 points.

Meanwhile Château Doisy-Védrines 2022 from Barsac, has also been released this morning at €25 per bottle ex-négociant, marking its return after no wine was produced last year. It comes with a recommended retail price of £312 per case of 12.

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