Category: Bordeaux en primeur

Latest search data: basketball beats Bordeaux

The latest online search frequency data is in from Wine-Searcher, and with it we can see which wines surged in popularity during June. As with May’s results, the effect of the 2016 en primeur campaign is evident, with four of the five spots filled by Bordeaux crus that released their 2016 vintage on or after 31st May.

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However, if the en primeur effect is to be expected, the likely reason for Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero’s appearance at the top of the table could not have been foreseen. On 18th June, NBA star LeBron James posted a photo on Instagram of a bottle of Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero 2007 that he was enjoying, having spent the day hosting his son’s birthday party. To date it has received well over 200,000 likes, surely contributing to its 168% increase in online search frequency. It appears that whilst La Place de Bordeaux is the fine wine world’s premier marketing machine, it is no match for LeBron James and his 31.8 million Instagram followers.

Returning to the en primeur effect, Canon 2016 was released at £73.35 per bottle on 1st June to great acclaim, having achieved its second-best Quality score ever. The leap in search frequency confirms its upward trajectory. Figeac repeats its May performance, surging even further in popularity in June. The 2016 vintage – Figeac’s best since 1989 – was released on 13th June, its 67% increase on the 2015 sterling release price signalling its clear intent to reposition itself.

Calon Ségur and Les Carmes Haut-Brion both comfortably achieved their best ever Quality scores with their 2016 offerings, and sold out quickly, no doubt prompting their surges in online search frequency during June. The next step is to get a famous sportsperson to post a photo of themselves drinking it.

Bordeaux 2016: value for money

A couple of months ago we looked at which Bordeaux 2016s received the best Quality scores, calculated from scores given by our three renowned partner critics: Jancis Robinson, Antonio Galloni, and Bettane+Desseauve. Such quality comes with a price, however, and if the £430 per bottle for Lafleur (Quality score 990) is a little beyond your price range, then we hope this blog is useful. Below are the nine wines from the vintage which qualify as Wine Lister Value Picks.

None of the Value Picks was among the top 15 in our previous blog. Nevertheless, they all enjoy strong or very strong Quality scores on the Wine Lister scale. Fombrauge scores 898, and was described as “rather opulent” and “very successful” by Jancis Robinson. Available at just £16 per bottle, it represents excellent value for money.

Even the wine with the highest Quality score, sweet white Doisy-Daëne (899), is only £25. Those wishing to spend slightly less on a sweet white might also consider Filhot, which achieves a Quality score of 709, and is available at just £14 per bottle.

Bordeaux 2016 Value Picks

Please see our previous blog for further information on Wine Lister’s Value Picks.

Vieux Château Certan 2016

Bordeaux en primeur analysis of Vieux Château Certan 2016, which has been released this morning at €192 ex-négociant, an increase of 28% on 2015, with a UK RRP of £197, an increase of 33% on 2015:

Wine Lister Factsheet Vieux Château Certan 2016

You can download the factsheet (from which you can access the wine page and the interactive chart) here: Wine Lister Factsheet Vieux Château Certan 2016

Lafite Rothschild 2016 – second tranche

Bordeaux en primeur analysis of Lafite Rothschild 2016, which released its second tranche today, resulting in a release price of €490 ex-négociant across the two tranches, an increase of 17% on 2015. It is being offered in the UK at £500, an increase of 38% on 2015’s release price:

Wine Lister Factsheet Lafite Rothschild 2016 Second Tranche

You can download the factsheet (from which you can access the wine page and the interactive chart) here: Wine Lister Factsheet Lafite Rothschild 2016 Second Tranche

Figeac 2016

Bordeaux en primeur analysis of Figeac 2016, which has been released this morning at €150 ex-négociant, an increase of 47% on 2015, with a UK RRP of £155, an increase of 67% on 2015:

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You can download the factsheet (from which you can access the wine page and the interactive chart) here: Wine Lister Factsheet Figeac 2016

La Conseillante 2016

Bordeaux en primeur analysis of La Conseillante 2016, which has been released this morning at €150 ex-négociant, an increase of 33% on 2015, with a UK RRP of £155, an increase of 50% on 2015:

Wine Lister Factsheet La Conseillante 2016

You can download the factsheet (from which you can access the wine page and the interactive chart) here: Wine Lister Factsheet La Conseillante 2016

Léoville Las Cases 2016

Bordeaux en primeur analysis of Léoville Las Cases 2016, which has been released this morning at €180 ex-négociant, an increase of 30% on 2015, with a UK RRP of £175, an increase of 42% on 2015:

Wine Lister Factsheet Léoville Las Cases 2016

You can download the factsheet (from which you can access the wine page and the interactive chart) here: Wine Lister Factsheet Léoville Las Cases 2016