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Bordeaux 2012: Mouton tops Sotheby’s en primeur list

Chateau Mouton Rothschild was the 'clear winner' of the Bordeaux 2012 en primeur campaign, according to a league table released by Sotheby's Wine Retail in the US.

The top 10, ranked in order of total value of each wine sold by Sotheby’s New York office, includes four out of the five First Growths – Latour having withdrawn from the en primeur system – as well as Right Bank luminaries Cheval Blanc and Ausone.

But more keenly priced châteaux, such as Palmer and Pichon Baron, also make the list, which was drawn up after just over a month’s en primeur trading, but before Sotheby’s had taken delivery of its allocation of Pétrus.

Sotheby’s Wine president and CEO Jamie Ritchie said Mouton had been a clear winner ‘by a significantly large margin’, and added: ‘Congratulations to Baroness Philippine [de Rothschild], [winemaking director] Philippe Dhalluin and the whole Mouton team for making a terrific wine and pricing it very sensibly.’

The top 10, with price per six-bottle case and change on 2011 pricing:

1: Mouton Rothschild (US$2,244, down 30% on 2011)
2: Margaux ($2,244, down 31%)
3: Lafite Rothschild ($3,174, down 22%)
4: Mission Haut-Brion ($1,398, down 28%)
5: Cheval Blanc ($2,814, down 28%)
6: Palmer ($1,374, down 5%)
7: Ausone ($3,450, down 23%)
8: Lynch Bages ($570, down 10%)
9: Haut-Brion ($2,244, down 30%)
10: Pichon Baron ($600, down 7%)


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