Friday, April 3, 2009

Bordeaux watch

I said I'd write about the Bordeaux properties I'd be looking out for, for this year's En Primeur, right? It probably won't mean a thing to you, but it means a lot to me, so.........Here we go - all prices listed from the 2007 offer, in Canadian dollars per bottle:

**Left Bank**

Margaux:

Margaux - $575
Rauzan-Ségla - $90

Pauillac:

Lafite - $575
Latour - $575
Lynch Bages - $95
Mouton-Rothschild - $575
Pichon Longueville Baron - $119
Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - $139
Pontet Canet - $105

Pessac-Léognan (Rouge):

Domaine de Chavelier - $63
Haut-Brion - $575
La Mission Haut Brion - $475
Smith Haut Lafitte - $82

Pessac-Léognan (Blanc):

Carbonnieux - $52
Domaine de Chevalier - $124
Haut-Brion - $895
Smith Haut Lafitte - $114

St-Estèphe:

Cos d"Estournel - $159

St-Julien:

Ducru Beaucaillou - $125
Léoville-Las Cases - $215

Haut-Médoc:

La Lagune - $69

Sauternes/Barsac:

Coutet (375 mL) - $49
de Fargues (375 mL) - $88
(750 mL) - $169
Yquem (375 mL) - $449
(750 mL) - $895

**Right Bank**

Pomerol:

Clinet - $86Gazin - $69
L'Évanglie - $195
Latour à Pomerol - $77
Pétrus - $995
Vieux Château Certan - $155

St-Émilion:

Angélus - $225Ausone - $1150
Canon la Gaffelière - $90
Cheval Blanc - $795
Figeac - $115
L'Arrosée - $60
Troplong Mondot - $115

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Long list, yes. Expensive as well. But I'll definitely be keeping my eye on the wines that are going for $100-200. If prices will go down, as hoped, these wines will be a great buy. We'll see in a few months. I don't know how LCBO prices their wines, but I'm sure we'll get an indication as to how the structure of En Primeur will turn out judging from what prices the British are getting. This year will probably be my only chance at getting truly great Bordeaux, and I'm not letting it slip away.

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