Chateau Petit Bocq in Saint Estephe is the first wine of the Bordeaux 2009 campaign to be released, just under 18% up from its 2008 price.

The 18ha property, owned by Gaëton Lagneaux, is being offered at an ex-negociant price of €10.50, up from €8.90 last year.

‘Around one-third of the estate (approximately 3,000 cases from a total production of 10,000) will be allocated to wine merchants, and the rest will be kept to sell direct.

Lagneux told ‘The decision to come out today was taken by my broker, but I always like to come out early in the campaign, and get things moving.

‘I have kept my price stable for a number of years, but it was getting increasingly difficult to make any margin at all.

‘I’m sure there will be plenty of chateaux who make my 15% rise seem more than reasonable!’.

Decanter’s scores and tasting notes from the Bordeaux 2009 en primeur tasting week can be found here.

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Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux