What to look out for and how to buy smarter: bordeaux 2012 en primeur

The Bordeaux 2012 campaign is now in full swing at Lay & Wheeler, the fine wine specialist of Majestic Wine.

We went to taste the wines at the beginning of April, returning to the office just in time for the first releases – things are much quicker off the mark than usual!

We were pleasantly surprised by what we tasted. After reports of such a difficult vintage last year, it was easy to assume that we would end up tasting a lot of lean and mean wines, without much to recommend them. However, in the most part, this was not the case. The key to success was twofold, based both on the vineyard sites owned by the Châteaux and on their ability to afford to be able to be selective with the fruit that was coming into the cellars.

Where these two factors have combined, the wines made are actually very good – and in the most part superior to those of 2011. The right bank has fared perhaps the best and certainly the most consistently, with some tremendous wines being made and comparisons drawn with 1998, another great right bank vintage. The left bank however should not by any means be dismissed, and the great wines of the Médoc are still at a very high level indeed.

Last week saw the release of not only of various smaller properties, but also of Mouton-Rothschild and Lynch Bages, both at reasonable prices – Mouton considerably less than the previous year. This morning, we hit the ground running with the release of Lafite-Rothschild and the other wines owned by Domaine Barons de Rothschild – Carruades de Lafite and the highly sought-after Château l’Evangile.

It’s therefore a very interesting time for Bordeaux buyers and a chance to buy a good vintage at what appear to be fair prices. For more information, please visit the Lay & Wheeler Bordeaux pages, where you can read the full vintage report from Nick Dagley and our full tasting notes.

You can also express interest in various wines, so that we can ensure that you receive the information you want. And, if you would like to talk to someone, please feel free to call us on 01473 313300. We have longer office opening hours over this period, so there will be someone available until 7pm Monday to Friday.

Click here to visit the Lay & Wheeler Bordeaux pages.

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