This is a short week in France with Ascension Day tomorrow and then a customary ‘pont’ to le weekend… so we’re not expecting any big-guns to release; although to quote Inspector Jacques Clouseau ‘surprises are rarely unexpected’ especially when it comes to Bordeaux campaigns…
Cantemerle was our undisputed champion at the Haut Medoc UGC. This excellent 5th growth is situated just to the south of the Margaux appellation, so enjoyed the best of conditions in 2015. James Suckling is an enthusiastic 95-96 points on this. It really is a stunning and mightily impressive wine for the money. In fact, it wouldn’t look out of place amongst the glamourous Chateaux at the Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux UGCs. We were astonished by the concentration, pure floral infused fruit and sleek tannins – this is one to buy in bottles and magnums!
‘Wow. Real Cantemerle with stupendous power and depth. Mineral, stone and violet character. Full and structure. It starts slowly and then goes on for minutes. Perhaps best ever?’ – JamesSuckling.com
Elsewhere there have been lots of other good value releases.
From the JM Cazes stable we have Les Ormes de Pez. This excellent ‘mini Lynch’ offers great value for money at £215 per dozen. Also from St Estephe, we have Chateau Meyney (£200/12). The 2014 was one of our ‘top value’ picks and the 2015 is also a noble effort. Hubert de Bouard from Angelus consults here and it is good to see that this very smart terroir close to Montrose is beginning to fulfill its potential.
Cedric and Paul Valade have released their wonderful Grande Maye (£70/12) and Chateau Valade (£120/12). Both are terrific wines brimming with decadent fruit and are clearly built for the cellar. Staying in St Emilion, we can also offer Berliquet from Nicolas Thienpont at £255 per dozen. This cool limestone terroir between Canon and Magdelaine has excelled in 2015 producing a really fine, high toned example – it is the finest wine we can recall tasting from this estate.
The Picque Caillous (red and white) from Pauline Calvet and Denis Dubourdieu are on the market at £135/12 and £80/6 respectively. Both wines punched well above their weights at the Pessac Leognan UGC, flooring many of the grand names from the commune.
If rumours are to be believed, there will be lots of activity next week. So enjoy the weekend and brace yourself for the ride…