As I alluded to earlier, today was the most important wine-related day of the year for me. The reason? LCBO released their first offer, for the 2008 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. PDF here.
The prices, on a whole, did go down substantially. This markdown was expected, as all the news from the English wine press indicated, as well as the ex-Château prices released. It was all very welcome, considering the marked increase in quality for the 2008 vintage, relative to 2007. I paid a lot of money last year for the 2007's, for wine that may or may not be barely mediocre. I was mindful to be very judicious in selecting wines to buy this year.
The wines I was most interested in were the First Growths. Prices were different across the board, which was a departure from the normally common price commanded by all 5. In any case, I was very pleased to see Latour being sold for $345 a bottle. Relatively small allocation as well - only 118 lots, or 354 bottles.
No St-Émilion offered this time, and very little Pomerol. Sent in my order literally about 30 minutes after they posted the catalogue online. You know, I realized - I'm like a druggie itching for a fix when it comes to this stuff. I was shaking today, as I was going through it. Buying rare wines is a disease man, it's a disease.
Anyways, I showed great restraint. My order:
Latour, AC Pauillac
Chasse-Spleen, AC Moulis-en-Médoc
Gazin, AC Pomerol
Lafleur-Gazin, AC Pomerol
Three bottles of each. I won't list the prices. Too déclassé. But, I did order a single lot of Latour. Told you I would!