Bordeaux 2022 | The Value Collection

Looking for exceptional value clarets? En Primeur is not all about the most famous wines and in 2022 there are some excellent value picks to be had if you know where to look. We have listed below some of the estates that strike a magical balance between quality and price. These châteaux are the backbone of Bordeaux, estates with so much to offer but that can get lost in the scrum. They sport a friendly price tag and are firm everyday drinking favourites. 

Vintage
 

2022 Ch Cantemerle 5ème Cru Haut-Médoc

£135.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, April 2023, Score: 89-91

    The 2022 Cantemerle has a feisty bouquet with perfumed blueberry and blackberry fruit, showy with an almost sorbet-like character. The palate is medium-bodied with blackberry and strawberry fruit, licorice and white pepper. It teeters on becoming a little cloying toward the finish and will need a very prudent barrel maturation. Hopefully, it will muster a bit more finesse. 2028-2040

  • Wine Advocate, April 2023, Score: 92-94

    The finest wine this estate has produced in some time is the 2022 Cantemerle, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc that bursts from the glass with aromas of sweet blackberries, violets, rose petals and spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with an enveloping core of sweet, perfumed fruit framed by supple tannin, it concludes with a long, mouthwatering finish. The pH is a very healthy 3.6 this year, and yields were low at 29 hectoliters per hectare.

  • Goedhuis, April 2023, Score: 92-94

    For both expression of vintage personality and value for money, look no further than this excellent Fifth Growth. Bright, pure and fresh, with dark cassis Cabernet (70%) characters. It expresses the perfect balance between direct energetic pure blackcurrant fruit and ample volume. The succulent juiciness is underpinned by very refreshing tannins which give longevity and mouthwatering appeal.

  • James Suckling, April 2023, Score: 93-94

    Currants, blackberries and hints of bark and forest floor. Medium-bodied with creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Pretty balance to this.

2022 Ch de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe

£150.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, April 2023, Score: 92-94

    The 2022 Château de Pez (limited to 18,000 bottles due to hail damage in June) has a very pure nose with something of a Burgundian allure: a mélange of blue and black fruit, wilted violet and graphite borrowed from down in Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-chiseled tannins. Exquisite balance and poise, very harmonious with an intense yet paradoxically tender finish. Bon vin. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2028-2055

  • Wine Advocate, April 2023, Score: 90-92

    From an estate that has now been fully restructured and which serves as something of a research and development laboratory for its sibling, Pichon Lalande, the 2022 de Pez exhibits aromas of sweet blackberries and cherries mingled with spices and violets. Medium to full-bodied, rich and lively, with powdery tannins that assert themselves on the youthfully chewy finish, some 40% of the production was lost to hail. For the first time, it will be sold en primeur via the place de Bordeaux.

  • Decanter, April 2023, Score: 94

    Amazing colour, so dark and deep. Fragrant perfume and earthy notes on the nose, flint, ripe blackcurrant, plum and black cherry, milk and dark chocolate, liquorice, sweet cedar and tobacco. Bright and sleek, so smooth but grippy too, a combination of supple weight but then really quite firm and mineral-laced tannins that give the grip and the angles. Almost sharp but in a razor sharp not sour aspect, so clean, and precise. There’s weight, it's rich, dark and serious no doubt, and not entirely charming right now, it's full of muscle but also has juicy acidity and a mouthwatering mid palate. A nice buy with ageing potential and the sweet, sharp hit at the end just makes you think this is going to be great! 3.8pH. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 26hl/ha. Tasted twice

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2023, Score: 91-93

    The 2022 de Pez is a potent, brooding wine. Black cherry, gravel, incense, tobacco, menthol and scorched earth all run through this virile, imposing Saint-Estèphe. All the elements are impeccably balanced. The burly Pez tannins are present, of course, but there is also more than enough fruit. The 2022 could very well be the best Pez yet under the ownership of Roederer. Yields are down a whopping 50% because of hail. The blend is 59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, which is more Merlot than the normal. There is no second wine this year. Tasted four times. Drink 2026-2037.

  • Goedhuis, May 2023, Score: 91-93

    Overseen by Nicolas Glumineau of Ch Pichon Comtesse de Lalande for the Rouzaud family of Louis Roederer, this is a very polished St Estèphe, with his typical of the lightness of touch. A mouthful of Victoria plum, fresh dark cherry and sweet berry. The tannins have a lacelike sensation; there is a silky sweetness to this wine and a long gentle finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2023, Score: 92-93

    Firm and linear red with a vivid and juicy dark-fruited core and fine, polished tannins. Medium-bodied. Mellow finish with some creaminess to it. Hints of crushed stones and walnut at the end.

  • Jane Anson, April 2023, Score: 94

    Austerity is your friend in an En Primeur sample as long as there is juice and fruit, and here you have both things in abundance. Brilliant wine, absolutely one to look out for, has steely minerality that offsets the plump fruit character and intense tannic structure, this is concentrated but understated, everthing in proportion. First time on the Place this year, as before it was sold via an exclusivity. First vintage with new cellar also. Tasted twice, this is a buy. 26hl/h yield, half of usual, 50% new oak for ageing.

  • Jeb Dunnuck, April 2023, Score: 93-95

    From a château that consistently makes it into my personal cellar, the 2022 Château De Pez is terrific, with a floral, perfumed, complex style delivering ample cassis and riper black fruits, notes of chocolate, graphite, and licorice, full-bodied richness, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. Tasted on multiple occasions, it's a powerful wine from this team that stays beautifully balanced and elegant.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2023, Score: 17+

    Another superbly aromatic de Pez with superb flesh and a welcoming nose of black fruit and oak despite the Merlot dominance. The palate is silky, smooth, layered and succulent, and this is already an enticing and enjoyable wine. The fruit is not particularly long, but it is undoubtedly complete, and, most importantly, it is accurate with lovely earthy hints of its appellation. The finish ends complete and balanced, and while it will drink from the off but will hold well, too.

2022 Ch Mauvesin Barton Cru Bourgeois Moulis-en-Medoc

£150.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, April 2023, Score: 91-93

    The 2022 Mauvesin Barton was picked 13 September to 15 October and aged in one-third new oak. It is initially quite backward on the nose and demands encouragement, revealing blackberry, chimney soot and tobacco scents with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, the cedar-infused black fruit tinged with white pepper and pencil shaving. Composed, nothing over-ambitious, yet long and tender on the finish. It is one of the best vintages that I have tasted from this estate that is owned by the Barton-Sartorius family. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2027-2042

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2023, Score: 90-92

    The 2022 Mauvesin Barton is a joy to taste today. Plump, juicy and forward, the 2022 is marvelously seductive right out of the gate. Expressive floral and spice notes lend complexity to the sweet red cherry/plum fruit. Soft, caressing contours add a gorgeous sense of immediacy. Drink 2025-2030

  • Goedhuis, April 2023, Score: 91-93

    Damien Barton explained that the slightly cooler position of this Moulis property was a great advantage in 2022, allowing its vines to cope with the warmer conditions. Brilliant deep indigo colour, it has a brilliant radiance of ripe but fresh fruits. A combination of damsons and crushed sweet redcurrants. On the palate the easy balance between bright energetic freshness and ripe volume of warm fruits gives it a mouthwatering vitality and dynamism. A long and rewarding finish with flavours of bitter chocolate and oriental spice.

  • Jane Anson, April 2023, Score: 92

    Seriously deep colour, and plenty of perfume, heather, blackberry and crushed roses, this is really an impressive Mauvesin this is one that I think will surprise many people. More accessible than many because it keep freshness and juice running through it, but has the depth and concentration of the vintage. One to look out for.

  • Jeb Dunnuck, April 2023, Score: 90-92

    The 2022 Château Mauvesin Barton is terrific, with a ripe, medium-bodied, elegant profile as well as impressive cassis and currant-like fruit, some tobacco and graphite aromatics, fine tannins, and a great finish. It’s a brilliant Moulis in the making.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2023, Score: 17+

    Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis-en-Médoc) This is a somewhat more structured wine than one would expect from Mauvesin, yet it is undoubtedly in balance, and it will also outlive all other vintages of this wine. Darker and slightly more sour and crisp on the finish, the tannins are active and boisterous, and they are, thankfully, under the control of the blackberry and hedgerow fruit found on the nose. This is a jolly good effort.

2022 Ch Moulin St Georges Grand Cru St Emilion

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  • Wine Advocate, April 2023, Score: 90-92+

    Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cherries, violets and creamy new oak, the 2022 Moulin St Georges is medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with powdery tannins and a taut, chalky profile. It should flesh out further with additional élevage.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2023, Score: 90-93

    The 2022 Moulin Saint-Georges is quite rich and dense in this vintage, as is to be expected. Super-ripe red cherry fruit, blood orange, menthol, spice and leather fill out the layers in a Saint-Émilion that boasts tons of fruit density and the tannins to match. All the elements are very nicely balanced. Readers should expect a Moulin Saint-Georges that is more power than finesse. I imagine the 2022 will age beautifully on its fruit. It could very well turn out to be a sleeper in this vintage. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between September 19 and 26. Aging is projected to be 18 months in French oak. Drink 2028 - 2047.

  • Goedhuis, April 2023, Score: 93-95

    A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this is a rich and characterful wine, with plump wild hedgerow and fruit compote fragrance. It lifts the spirits, with a jubilant abundance of red fruits, fresh cherry, and pomegranate. Stylish and juicy sweet, with a sense of earthy terroir on the finish giving additional charisma to what is a very finely put together wine.

  • James Suckling, April 2023, Score: 94-95

    Fresh and framed with a juiciness but also a coolness and brightness. Medium to full body. Very balanced. Well done. Lower pH at 3.52. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2023, Score: 16.5

    Dense and concentrated but fresh at the same time. A lick of vanilla oak on the nose and palate but not excessive and should integrate. Finely honed tannins. (James Lawther MW) 14.5% Drink 2028 – 2040

  • Jane Anson, April 2023, Score: 95

    A luxurious feel, with velvety tannins, enjoyable ripe black fruits, gourmet touches of smoked vanilla root and liqourice, all well drawn out through the palate, and providing plenty of estate signature. A well balanced luscious wine with a saline limestone twist. 3.55ph, 100% new oak. 28hl/h yield, smaller than across the rest of the Ausone range because of 50 year old vines planted almost entirely by Alain Vauthier when he arrived 1970. Harvest September 19 to 26.

  • Jeb Dunnuck, April 2023, Score: 93-95

    Rocking Merlot notes of ripe black cherries, currants, smoked tobacco, and melted chocolate all emerge from the 2022 Château Moulin Saint Georges, a ripe, full-bodied, opulent, seamless 2020 based on 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It has the density and structure of the vintage and will have 15-20 years of overall longevity.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2023, Score: 17+

    Spicy oak and powerful fruit notes make this an instantly impactful wine. There is superb length here, too, and it is not particularly exotic, sticking to the familiar Merlot fruit spectrum dotted with violet and herb notes coming from the Cabernet Franc. It is simply a larger and longer MS-G than 41 I have tasted before, and the energy and freshness on the finish mark it as a wine that will keep for a long while.

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