NO NEED TO WAIT
Receiving a new vintage from Bordeaux is always an exciting moment so we're delighted to have 2011 Bordeaux now on our shelves, available for immediate delivery. Although 2011 undoubtedly falls in the shadow of the two previous vintages which it cannot hope to match in absolute quality, the 2011s offer a lot of pleasure already while you're waiting for those long lived 2009s and 2010s. These are easy drinking wines with plenty of fruit and a light tannic structure, enjoyable now and for the next fifteen years.
The vintage was kind to whites, both dry and sweet. Indeed, in Sauternes 2011 will be a vintage for the ages. Few would doubt that Yquem 2011 is the wine of the vintage — stupendous concentration and complexity, this is a modern day classic ($525). Other good properties include Guiraud 2011, whose organic approach is paying great dividends ($92.95), and the delicious Doisy Védrines 2011 ($39.95 or just $19.95 for a half bottle).
Among dry whites, Mouton Rothschild's Aile d'Argent 2011 was the standout at a recent vertical we enjoyed at the château — this is beautifully aromatic and crisp ($104.95).
A couple of estates really caught our eye in 2011, producing excellent, classic wines. Latour 2011 ($845) is characteristically powerful and aromatic, while its second wine, Les Forts de Latour 2011 ($215 or $435 for a magnum) gives a taste of first growth greatness at a quarter of the price.
Staying in Pauillac, Pontet Canet 2011 is bright and red fruited — alluring already ($129.95, $64.95 for a half bottle and $259 for a magnum). We also have large format bottles available for both Pontet Canet ($549 for a 3L or $1,095 for a 6L) and Les Forts de Latour ($895 for a 3L or $1,795 for a 6L) — ideal for a dinner party.
If you prefer finesse and aromatic complexity to sheer power, look to Le Pin 2011 on the right bank ($2095) or Château Margaux 2011 on the left bank ($695 or $1395 for a magnum). We also particularly recommend Pavillon Rouge 2011 — a lovely second wine, drinking beautifully right now ($179, $84.95 for a half bottle or $345 for a magnum).