En Primeur continues with Lynch Bages, Monbousquet, Lascombes and more

Posted by Rachel England on 23 May 2018

En Primeur continues with Lynch Bages, Monbousquet, Lascombes and more

En Primeur continues steadily on, with a raft of new releases following the same lower-than-last-year pricing trend that’s dominated the 2017 campaign so far.

Monbousquet 2017 has been released at €36 per bottle ex-negociant, a 3% discount on the 2016 price of €37.20. The volume of stock being offered has been reduced by 60% on last year, largely due to frost, which has no doubt contributed to the price premium deduced by Liv-ex’s Fair Value methodology. Buyers looking for value might consider the higher scored 2014, which is available at a 24% discount to today’s release.

The highly-anticipated Lynch Bages 2017 has been released at €75 per bottle ex-negociant, down 21.9% on the 2016 release (€96). Critics have largely praised this year’s vintage, and its release price places the wine at a slight discount to the price implied by Liv-ex’s Fair Value methodology, making it an attractive proposition to buyers.

Lagrange Saint Julien 2017 has been released at €30 per bottle ex-negociant, a 13.7% discount on the 2016 price of €34.80. Like Monbousquet, volumes here are also lower – down 35% on last year – due to frost. The wine has had a mixed reception from critics, although Jeb Dunnock (91-93 points) calls it “a success in the vintage”.

Lascombes 2017 has been released at €49.20 per bottle ex-negociant, down 14% on 2016 (€57.60). Volumes are down a significant 70% on last year, but Neal Martin (89-91 points) has diplomatically suggested it’s “not bad at all”. His colleague Antonio Galloni was a little more generous with 91-94 points. As Liv-ex notes, the higher scoring 2012 and 2014, both already in bottle, are available at discounts of around 12% on the latest release.

Other releases come from: Quinault l’Enclos 2017 at €21.60 per bottle ex-negociant, down 9% on the 2016 price of €23.80; Grand Puy Ducasse 2017, which at €25.20 per bottle is down 12.5% on the 2016; and Beau Sejour Becot 2017, released at €40.8 per bottle ex-negociant, down 19% on the 2016 release’s price of €50.40.

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