June 10, 2020
Why Buy En Primeur? How About the Fabled and Overachieving Fifth Growth — Château Lynch Bages Under $98!
“This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence." - Jane Anson
It’s true: buying Bordeaux En Primeur is not for everyone. There was an overwhelming response to our rosé offer last evening because not everyone wants to wait for their wine. But patient enthusiasts can find exceptional values in En Primeur, even from the prized terroir and home of First-Growth giants of Pauillac. Last week, we introduced Château Pédesclaux, the under-the-radar Fifth Growth with vineyards positioned next to Château Lafite-Rothschild and a history dating back 200 years. This historic rising star is now making its finest wines since 1810 and presenting them with unprecedented value at $36.99.
However, for collectors and aspiring enthusiasts of the region and Cabernet Sauvignon, it does not get any better than Château Lynch Bages. The fabled and overachieving Fifth Growth has now made its 2019 release available at $97.99. Having tasted the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 from barrel, we can tell you this historic estate is on a roll, also producing its finest expressions to date. And it should be noted that in just two short years the 2016 is now commanding upwards of $150 and the impressive 2018 is already topping $130. Today, the 2019 is available with unprecedented value at just $97.99.
Is there value to be found in En Primeur? With wines like Pédesclaux, Laroque, Tour Saint Christophe, and Lynch Bages, we can emphatically say yes. To put this offer's significance in further perspective, you are buying a world class, historic top growth with more than 225 years of Grand Cru Classé Pauillac history for less than a bottle of Caymus Special Selection. If you love Sassicaia and Solaia, you still have to wait on the wines to be ready to drink. We strongly recommend today’s release of Lynch Bages — it will sell out quickly, much as the Pontet-Canet did.
Debuts: Lynch Bages, Mouton-Rothschild, Pavie and More (Click to Order)
Note: More sizes 1.5L, 3.0L, 6.0L available on request. Please note, for 2019 En Primeur selections, the wines will arrive by the end of 2022. As such, should tariffs exist at the time, the purchaser of the wines will be responsible for these additional tariffs at the time of importation. All wines subject to confirmation.
A decade ago, Sergio, the IWM team, and I made the decision to participate in the vaunted 2010 En Primeur Bordeaux campaign. We listened to the interests of our patrons, and we introduced select wines to an overwhelming response. Even at Italian Wine Merchants, it is difficult to ignore that Bordeaux belongs alongside the likes of our iconic Cabernet and Merlot blends of Sassicaia, Solaia, Ornellaia, and the Petrus of Tuscany, Masseto. Bordeaux was, as you know, a catalyst for the Super-Tuscan movement. The myth is that the late Mario Incisa della Rocchetta of Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia dreamed of emulating a fine red Bordeaux in Bolgheri, and in 1944, he planted Cabernet vines that he sourced from Château Lafite-Rothschild. Whether fact or fiction, the great Super-Tuscan patriarch was inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, and so are we. However, we would add that Bordeaux is not limited to First Growths and should not be stereotyped as expensive or cost prohibitive. The En Primeur campaign allows those who are willing to buy early and wait for the wines to arrive to obtain pricing and wines that can be agreeable to all levels of enthusiasts and collectors. Most of all, the En Primeur offerings represent some of the finest wines produced on the planet.
With that said, we are pleased to present the 2019 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. As in 2015 and 2018, the 2019 vintage is another blockbuster year filled with explosive and ripe expressions. Thanks to our relationships with Bordeaux, we were among the first in the country to taste barrel samples in this unprecedented and difficult time. We were simply stunned by the fruit purity of the 2019 Ducru Beaucaillou; the wine begins where the jaw-dropping 2016 and 2018 left off. But the wines are striking well beyond the signature Super Second of Saint-Julien, and one place to begin is with two of my favorite, overachieving value picks from Château Laroque and Tour Saint Christophe in Saint-Émilion.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
“Lynch-Bages has been one of the most popular and successful wines to emerge from Bordeaux and much of its success is owed to the charismatic Jean-Michel Cazes, whose family has owned this property since 1939. Following Jean-Michel’s well-deserved retirement, his equally charming and genial son, Jean-Charles, has been managing Lynch Bages since 2005. What is so appealing about Lynch Bages is that it has long been a classic Pauillac that, while not the most tannic and backward wine of the appellation, clearly possesses what most wine insiders love about Pauillac – lots of robust, rich, full-bodied crème de cassis fruit, 25-30 years of aging potential in top vintages, and an enormously satisfying, complex style. Moreover, most vintages of Lynch Bages can be drunk after 10-12 years of cellaring.” — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2019 Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
97 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence. The tannins are pretty chewy, really closing in on the end of play, giving no doubt that this is going to age slowly and for many decades, but there is a creaminess to the overall structure that is already evident." 5/20
2019 Château Pédesclaux, Pauillac
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “With a history dating back to 1810, this historic rising star of Pauillac is one of the great values in all of Cabernet. Look for the recently arrived 2016; it is another that wowed me from barrel, and it's worth a taste of seeing what is happening at this prized address with parcels next to Château Lafite-Rothschild, d’Amailhac, and Lynch Bages. For now, this unique tasting from barrel was stunning — we are talking energy, structure, concentration and purity of fruit, all in perfect balance. From the glass the wine screams Pauillac; you get a little of that crème de cassis and graphite on the nose. All these nuances transfer to the palate and you can expect more blackberries, wild berries, minerality and a touch of that pencil lead note. There is more than 70% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and it showcases unrivalled sophistication and nobility at $36.99. This is hands down one of the great values in wine for those who are willing to wait. A MUST buy from 2019.”
2019 Château Mouton-Rothschild
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blend this year is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 5th of October. Opaque purple-black colored, the 2019 Mouton Rothschild simply shines, even at this very nascent stage, beaming from the glass with bright, vibrant scents of crème de cassis, blueberry preserves, boysenberries and black raspberries plus fragrant suggestions of lilacs, dark chocolate, sandalwood, jasmine tea and woodsmoke with a spicy waft of star anise. The medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy, featuring tightly wound layers of black fruits, exotic spices and mineral notions, framed by exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with epic length and perfume. This year's profound expression is without doubt a legend in the making. (For number crunchers, the alcohol is 13.5% this year, slightly lower than 2018, which came in at 13.8%.)"
This is an email ONLY offer. Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last we are asking that you email orders back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.
All my best,