Notice there are no first growths or fashionable names (Mouton, Lafite, Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Ausone etc). En Primeur on this level is more about obtaining the limited allocation rather than buying for long-term drinking. They have their own allocations and prices determined by their own market, which exists in another stratosphere.
This is a fantasy shop, but it’s a realistic fantasy shop. There are a few cases in my list for around £200 – £240.
Without knowing the prices yet, nor the demand (will China be a huge presence in En Primeur buying this year, after all? The debate continues…) here is my fantasy shopping list of 2009 Bordeaux based on quality/value and good long-term drinking pleasure based on reports from last week at the En Primeur tasting.
So, let’s go shopping!
Price Guide – expensive to value £££££ – £
1. Leoville Poyferre, St-Julien £££
2. Pontet Canet, Pauillac ££ – £££
3. Domaine de Chevalier, Graves £ – £££
4. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac £££
5. Clos du Marquis, St-Julien £££ – ££££
6. Smith Havt Lafite, Graves ££
7. Haut Bailly, Graves ££
8. Calon Segur, St Estephe £££ – ££££
9. La Fleur Gazin, Pomerol £ – ££
10. Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis £
Image: Sofia Sanchez
* based on instant twitter updates from tasters attending the En Primeur tastings in Bordeaux
Link: En Primeur – five questions to ask before you buy