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This week’s interesting new releases

As the week ends the wait for new releases of Bordeaux 2009 is getting tense. To ease that tension we have several really creditable wines to offer. Each comes from a stable of wines headed by a superstar but itself is much less sought-after and hence very good value:

Chateau Ormes de Pez is made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages fame. Occasionally the wines of St Estephe are simply too austere for modern tastes, but this 2009 example is lovely and opulent. The natural restraint and mineral, almost stony, character provides balance. It’s super value at £240 per case.

Moulin Riche and Le Crock are both staff favourites at Majestic. Coming from the Cuvelier family who also own and make Leovillé-Poyferré the house style is for deeply-coloured, rich, handsome wines which offer plenty of ‘bang for your buck’ but are enviably well-balanced. At £185 and £168 respectively they are great suggestions for those wanting wines to drink within five years. Given the modest prices it’s probably not worth putting them into professional storage, but pop them under the stairs for a few years when they are delivered in 2012 and they will repay the investment no end.