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Vieux Chateau Certan, Cheval Blanc and Eglise Clinet make 2017 releases


Posted in: Wine Market News

Tagged: Bordeaux En Primeur

As the Bordeaux 2017 campaign draws to a gradual close, three top names arrive late to the party.

Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 has been released at €168 per bottle ex-negociant, down 13% on the 2016 release of €192. It’s been well received by critics (Lisa Perotti-Brown gave it 96-98 points) and Liv-ex members, who voted it their second favourite wine in 2017. Based on Liv-ex’s fair value methodology, however, the Vieux Certan release comes in above the trend line, so buyers might consider the 2006 and 2014 vintages, which carry higher scores and are available at significant discounts to the 2017.

Cheval Blanc 2017 has been released at €432 per bottle ex-negociant, down 22% on the 2016 release of €552. The wine has seen mixed reception from critics, with Neal Martin awarding it 93-95 points, and James Suckling giving it a more generous 97-98 points. Liv-ex members overestimated the release price by 14%, but the wine is nonetheless released at a premium to the price implied by Liv-ex’s fair value methodology. Buyers looking for value might consider the 2006, instead, which boasts 97 points and a 21% discount to the 2017.

Also released this week is Eglise Clinet 2017. At €168 per bottle ex-negociant, it’s down 25% on the 2016 release of €225. According to Antonio Galloni (94-97 points), this is “one of the most polished, sensual wines of the year”. Neal Martin scored it a similar 95-97 points. Like the other wines released so far this week, it comes with a premium to Liv-ex’s fair value methodology. The 2006 is equally scored, but is available at a 38% discount.

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