Category Archives: Bordeaux Futures

B-21′s Rhett Beiletti travels to Bordeaux each year to taste barrel samples of the upcoming vintage. Get insider tips, and be the first to know about Futures (en Primeur) offerings.

Inventory Glitch! 2001 Ducru-Beaucaillou

2001 Ducru-Beaucaillou
2001 Ducru-Beaucaillou

This is a crazy business. So much wine, so much buying and selling, that miracles can happen. Like finding forgotten cases of 2001 Ducru-Beaucaillou. Yes, that Ducru which scored a 100 from Parker in 2009 among a decade of high scorers. But the ’09 is much too young to open, not here yet and will cost four times as much when it does! While I am happy to sell you futures, the 2001 I turned up is ready to drink with a lot of cranberry, black cherry and St. Julien finesse. I can sell this rare aged Bordeaux to you right now for just $100 $90. What a deal for all of us!

The little Bordeaux that could: First growth taste under $30!

Exterior of the grand Chateau Reignac in Saint Loubes.If you haven’t heard the story about how the indomitable Vatelots and little Reignac dared to be compared with Lafite, Lynch Bages, check out the video (click here). Better, try it yourself. Hold your own vertical, I’ve got four vintages, including the stunning 2005, and take a bet on the 2009 futures too. The story behind Reignac is as rich as the wine. Yves and Stephanie Vatelot spent 20 years revitalizing one of the loveliest properties we’ve visited in Bordeaux, a 16th century chateau (with a greenhouse by Eiffel!) and age-old vineyards. But he got no respect because the location was classed as only Bordeaux Superieur. Yet since Reignac had a fine site of clay and gravel draining down to the river, very careful agriculture and the assistance of Michel Rolland, Vatelot challenged the first growths in blind tastings around the world. He made a believer out of me. His wines are deep dark and fat, with cherries, spice and smoke in an easy texture. I bought up all I could of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 and I keep it on my shopping list. Pull out a bottle of Mouton to conduct your own comparison. In any case you’ll be glad Reignac is not classified; if it had the pedigree you’d pay $100 and up for this quality. You’re gonna want that.

2004 Chateau Reignac 87-90ST, 87WS, 86WAReignac

2005 Chateau Reignac 90WA, 90WS, 90ST

2006 Chateau Reignac 91WA, 86-88ST, 85WS

2008 Chateau Reignac 90WA

2009 Chateau Reignac 88-91WS, 87-89+WA