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Bordeaux estates continue the rapid release of en primeurs

There have been no signs of the pace slowing on the flood of releases coming out of Bordeaux, which includes a “positively stellar” Léoville Poyferré and a “fabulous” La Fleur-Pétrus. However a number of releases out in the last few days are among the most expensive vintages from their estate currently on the market. 

Saint Emilion, France – May 26, 2017: storefront of the house of a producer of great flood of Saint Emilion wine, Chateau Soutard on a spring day

Today saw the release of Château Léoville Poyferré 2023, which came out at 32.7% down on its 2022 opening price, at €56.50 per bottle ex-négociant. Widely feted by the critics, Neal Martin called it “a contender for the best Saint-Julien in show” and Antoni Galloni, “positively stellar” while Jane Anson said it was ‘truly a wine for Bordeaux lovers to seek out’.  It was offered by the international trade for £674 per case of 12, around 33.5% down on the £1,014 that was the 2022’s opening price.

However, as Liv-ex points out, there are existing vintages that offer better value, including the 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020 vintages.

Clos Fourtet 2023 was also out today, at €70 per bottle ex-négociant (£840 per case of 12), while Château Canon la Gaffelière 2023 hit the road at €50.40 per bottle (to the international trade at £602.40 per case of 12). This provides good value, Liv-ex noes, with only the 14 and 17 offering better value.

Monday saw the  “fabulous’” (Antoni Galloni) Château Beychevelle 2023 released, a wine with “balance and finesse” according to Jane Anson, which hit the market at €60 per bottle ex-négociant down only 11.1% on the 2022 release of €67.50. However, Liv-ex noted that this still offers reasonable value to buyers. The decrease on Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2023 was a little higher, releasing at €45.6 per bottle ex-négociant, down 17.4% on the 2022, available to the international trade at  £549.60 per case of 12.

Château La Fleur-Petrus 2023 was also out that day, offered by the international trade for £1,500 per case of 12, a 33.6% decrease on the 2022’s opening price. Antonio Galloni awarded it a  score of 94-96 points, calling it “fabulous”.

Others released included Certan de May 2023, offered by its UK distributor, Corney & Barrow at £71.67, an 18% reduction on the 2021, and Bélair-Monange 2023 being offered by Corney & Barrow at £98.33, down 31% on the 2022 or 13% on the ’21.



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