Week in Review 14-04-18
Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Review
What a week! Where to begin?
Bordeaux it is and it’s En Primeur season again. a time when the great and the good of the world descend on Bordeaux for a tumultuous few weeks of tastings, negotiation, trading, discussions, debates, reviews and not a little schmoozing.
We’re on the ground in Bordeaux once again with our General Manager Jeremy Parham and Senior Buyer Florian Thoelke flying the Langton’s red ribbon on the left and right banks. Stay tuned for future updates and in the meantime, try this cult favourite 2003 Pontet Canet is available to whet your appetite en primeur.
And now it’s time to introduce our Wines of the Week.
Château Pontet-Canet 5me Cru Classe, Pauillac 2003
The spectacular 2003 Pontet Canet is still incredibly young and vigorous. This full-bodied classic boasts a dense purple color as well as a superb nose of graphite, creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice and a hint of truffles, low acidity, and extravagant richness. Most of the tannins have been resolved in this superstar of the vintage. It should continue to drink well for 10-15+ years.”
95+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Regional Shiraz Discovery Dozen
We’ve selected the wines in this regional dozen to showcase the subtle differences in Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and WA’s Great Southern. We haven’t messed about, going straight to the producers from each locale that Langton’s customers and brokerage clients return to again and again.
ArnaldoRivera, Undicicomuni, Barolo 2013
Access an exclusive Barolo for $75.
A Langton’s discovery. This is the first Barolo under a new label, a unique and exciting wine that offers a phenomenal combination of quality and value.
Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo 2015
Access an exclusive Langhe Nebbiolo for $40. The simple truth is that Rivetto is a Langton’s discovery. We import it ourselves and can offer it to you at a price that’s as good as it gets for a wine of such quality.
Back to France but moving northeast, we find ourselves in Champagne and the great house of Bollinger. Langton’s hosted the Maison’s Chef de Cave, Gilles Descôtes, during his first visit to Australia as he led a highly-engaging masterclass on the pinot-focused house style through La Grand Année 2007, the R.D. 2004 and the Rosé 2006. Privileged access and an utterly pleasurable experience, buy online now.
Staying in the old world but heading south and across the border into Piedmont for an epic tasting of Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe Nebbiolo, Nascetta, Barbera and a delightful Moscato d’Asti. One of the highlights was a $75 Barolo Arnaldo Rivera (see below), an absolute smash hit and one we expect to become a future Langton’s customer favourite.
Keeping one foot in Italy (and the other on home soil), we also had the pleasure to host David Fletcher of Fletcher Wines. An Aussie winemaker who has set up shop in Piedmont, Dave revels in both regions making Barolo and Barbaresco that he (and our brokers) described as pretty. And they’re pretty keen on price as well. If you’re hunting bargains in the world of fine wine, it’s hard to look beyond Barolo and particularly Barbaresco.
Langton’s Events are also in full swing with a midweek Burgundy event showcasing the Grand and Premier Cru wines of Domaine Chanson at Verde Restaurant in Sydney with our partners Vintec. We also released tickets to a special Krug event hosted by CEO and President Margareth Henriquez at the Opera House. Anticipation is also building for our Classification VII events in September, with registering for interest in events around Australia.