Bordeaux 2018

Bordeaux 2018
The release of the En Primeur wines is always a long process and with Vinexpo moved forward to May and with all the May holidays, the wines are coming out little by little.
Conscious that we do not want to overload your inboxes with the day’s releases, we are putting the prices and Fiona’s tasting notes on our website once we know our allocations.
A lot has been written in the wine press about the value of En Primeur; with many of the top wines released in small amounts, the only way to secure the wines you covet at opening prices is by buying En Primeur. Plus, for the moment interest rates are still low making it more interesting to tie up money in great Bordeaux than in a Savings account. The other point is that buying En Primeur is fun – there is all the excitement of the latest release; there is the participating in an exclusive club of wine buyers who already own some of this most praised vintage; there is the sense of being at the heart of the wine world.
Do send us your wish lists. When we receive news about one of the wines on your list, we will contact you directly. Our team is on hand to answer all your questions regarding the wines.
The Thienpont Wine Team
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    Château Les Charmes Godard
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.75l White
    Primeur
    €12.35 €10.21
    For once the wine was not bottled at the time of the primeurs and will wait until mid-June as there is a great deal of richness here. Made from a blend of 63% Semillon, 21% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% Sauvignon Gris, it is the Semillon which really comes out here with lovely freshness, sweet, grapey flavours and notes of cinnamon, oatmeal and citrus. Creamy, soft and lively, with very good concentration and freshness, nice precision and an appetizingly salty finish.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €12.85 €10.62
    Made from a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, La Prade has a very dark, glossy colour, intense and ripe nose with fresh aromas of sloes, wild berries and spice. The freshness in this wine is very attractive and the taste is full of gorgeous fruit and spice. On the finish the wine is round, voluptuous and velvety, really gourmand with great freshness in the wines.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €13.50 €11.16
    Made from the usual blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec, this is a very glossy and dark coloured wine with expressive aromas of blackberry and mulberry fruit, with a touch of sweet oak. On the palate there is lovely freshness, quite ripe and mature fruit, late harvested, ripe and rich, with attractive chocolate flavours in the long and spicy finish.
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    Château Fonbel
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €18.69 €15.45
    What a great performer this wine is! Produced by the Vauthier family and lying on the opposite slope from their iconic Ausone, this year the blend for the wine is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Carmenère. It has a dark purple colour, nice juiciness, with aromas of plums and fruit salad on the nose; on the attack it is pretty, composed and fresh with spicy black fruit, precision and lots of vivacity. There is a good zippy finish with nice purity and power. The quantity is down by 30% because of mildew. Drink 2022-2030
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    Château Puy-Blanquet
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €19.00 €15.70
    This well-situated estate on the top of the limestone plateau has made a very successful wine this year which could turn out to be one of the vintage’s best bargains. Made from 85%Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5%CS, the wine has a dark ruby colour; a pretty, fruity, grapey nose; nice tension and tangy freshness, silky on entry with good spice and a touch of sweetness. It is a well put together, attractive wine with lovely berry fruit expression and a soft, silky finish.
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    Château La Chenade
    Lalande-de-Pomerol
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €21.96 €18.15
    Always a great value wine, made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this wine was picked early which is the philosophy of Denis Durantou, the famous owner and winemaker also of L’Eglise Clinet. Bright, dark ruby colour with nice spicy freshness on the nose and juicy jammy, blackcurrant flavours and vanilla essence on the palate. Spicy and ripe fruit on the finish, very lively with lots of personality, very approachable and great to drink young.
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    Château Capbern
    Saint-Estèphe
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €22.02 €18.20
    We are absolutely thrilled to have an allocation of this wine which I have coveted for a long time and the critics are unanimous that this is one of the most exciting wines from the appellation made by the super talented team at Château Calon Ségur. Made from a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine is aged in 60% new oak. Bright, deep purple colour, nose of black fruit, minerals and spice. Texture is taut, fine and rich with a lovely vein of fresh acidity. Great precision here with the Cabernet fruit coming out in the palate with notes of cassis, tobacco and cedar. This is very vibrant and rich with good purity on the finish and I suspect that it will age well for quite some time. Limit: six bottles per customer.
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    Château Couhins
    Pessac-Léognan
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €22.70 €18.76
    Dark grapey colour, quite intense, lovely Cabernet fruit aromas in the nose. At the moment, the tannin is showing quite strongly but the wine has a very fresh and silky structure, nice spice and ripe berried fruit. Typical Pessac-Léognan at a reasonable price. Drink 2023-2028
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    Les Fiefs de Lagrange
    Saint-Julien
    0.75l Red
    Primeur
    €24.81 €20.50
    Dark colour, very scented and pure cassis nose, with notes of wood smoke, fresh plums, cedar and strawberries. Creamy, round, ripe and fresh, this is a very attractive wine with lots of juicy fruit, delicious flavour and great harmony. A lovely wine at a good price point.
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