Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bordeaux 2008 − last week no shock and awe

After the fireworks in the previous week I had expected a rapid wrap-up of the 2008 campaign, but actually the fire smothered somewhat. The last left bank 1er cru came out, Haut-Brion, and positioned itself above the other 1er crus. A compensation I guess for what happened to the 2005 vintage: then Haut-Brion came out first, and the others followed, with higher prices.

Anyway, the release of Haut-Brion 2008 (on 23 April) was followed later that day by the second tranche of Château Latour which, indeed, was priced slightly above Haut-Brion...

La Mission Haut-Brion went down 44% compared to 2007 but is still quite expensive.

Again only a few releases from the right bank, so that's something we still have ahead of us. Remember that this campaign started with Angélus, but ever since Saint-Emilion has been very quiet.

This is the list with last week's major releases. No earthquakes. I think the most interesting release (price-quality ratio) is Château Calon-Ségur. For all prices (and ratings) see www.bordoverview.com.

20/04 Château Lafon-Rochet 2008, Saint-Estèphe (€ 27, −3%)
20/04 Château Beychevelle 2008, Saint-Julien (€ 31, −16%)
20/04 Château Guiraud 2008, Sauternes (€ 37)
20/04 Château Suduiraut 2008, Sauternes (€ 49)
21/04 Château Fonbadet 2008, Pauillac (€ 22, 0%)
21/04 Château Talbot 2008, Saint-Julien (€ 29, −15%)
21/04 Château Calon-Ségur 2008, Saint-Estèphe (€ 35, −21%)
21/04 Château Lafaurie Peyraguey 2008, Sauternes (€ 32)
21/04 Château Petit Village 2008, Pomerol (€ 35, −2%)
21/04 Château La Conseillante 2008, Pomerol (€ 57, −28%)
22/04 Château Prieuré-Lichine 2008, Margaux (€ 27, −13%)
22/04 Château Monbrison 2008, Margaux (€ 20, −4%)
22/04 Château de Camensac 2008, Haut-Médoc (€ 16, −3%)
22/04 Château Chasse-Spleen 2008, Listrac-Médoc (€ 20, −6%)
23/04 Château Haut-Brion 2008, Pessac-Léognan (€ 202, −38%)
23/04 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2008, Pessac (€ 50, −10%)
23/04 La Mission Haut-Brion 2008, Pessac (€ 148, −44%)
23/04 Château Durfort-Vivens 2008, Margaux (€ 23, −10%)
24/04 Clos la Madeleine 2008, Saint-Emilion (€ 18, −5%)

Some of these primeurs I offer on my website www.bordeaux-2008.nl.

I said I would write about the flight of 2008 primeurs that I tasted, but I have to postpone that again, too busy last week.

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