Talking about primeur wines (previous note on Lafite), Château Latour has announced its intention to stop selling its wines en primeur, that is to say, in spring following the harvest. Vintage 2011 will be the last vintage they sell in this manner. Instead they will sell their wines when they are ready to be drunk. For some time there have been speculations in the trade about what was going on at Latour.
Rumours have had it that the volumes “released” from Chateau Latour have been suspiciously low and people have been wondering why. This is perhaps the answer. The chateau has been stockpiling its own wines in the cellar to be able to offer more of somewhat older vintages to the market. What impact this will have and if others will follow, remains to be seen.
Do you think this will really be the beginning of the end for primeurs, or will it have no impact? Curious to hear your views.
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