Angélus was the first major release of the 2018 Bordeaux campaign. The general consensus is that prices will be similar, or just below, those of 2016 but the release of Angélus at the 2015 level could be a signal that Bordeaux is eager to have a successful campaign. We offer Angélus at R4,929 per bottle (98 Decanter, 99-100 JS, 95-98 WS). See here for all the wines.
So far Suckling, Molesworth (Wine Spectator) and Anson (Decanter) have released their verdict and 2018 is set to be a great vintage with high scores across the board. ‘These are likely to be high impact wines,’ writes Anson. The growing season had a rainy start but was followed by a prolonged period of drought. Opulent fruit profiles and rich tannins suggest wines in the same style as 2009 but with 2016 precision.
Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines were especially good, although there are prolific Right Bank wines too. The perfect weather during harvest allowed for a long harvest window which means big differences in style across the wines. Read the critics’ notes carefully or ask Wine Cellar about the style of each châteaux.
Wine Cellar has selected the finest and most popular 100-odd châteaux based on 2 decades of en-primeur sales. We ask you to pre-select your purchase in order to secure your desired wines. Alternatively, please respond to our weekly newsletters of the latest releases. The campaign should run into June.
The big question is: Should you buy? I analysed 10 of our most popular châteaux from the 2005 and 2016 campaigns and compared en-primeur to current retail prices. 2005 showed a 280% growth in Rand price, or a 10% annualised saving since 2006. 2016 showed 38% growth in just 2 years. While a fair portion of the gain is Rand depreciation, as well as higher retail versus en-primeur mark-ups, there was still sizable growth in price from en-primeur to release, through to maturity.
En-primeur enables you to buy all châteaux with 1 invoice in various bottle formats and case sizes at a highly competitive price. So, if the Rand stays fairly constant or depreciates further, en-primeur is the cheapest way to buy Bordeaux in SA. Please contact me if you would like to see the figures.
Email Roland@winecellar.co.za to place your order