Ze zijn nog niet ‘gepromoveerd’ of er rollen prijsverhogingen uit van 38 en 58 %. Je moet maar durven, terwijl de hoogste geklasseerde wijnen van collega’s in Bordeaux juist in prijs zijn gedaald. Het gaat bovendien om twee châteaux, Angélus en Pavie, waarvan de statusverhoging door 3 andere collega’s wordt aangevochten, omdat er in de beslissende commissie ’gemarchandeerd’ zou zijn. Ook Cheval Blanc denkt dat er iets niet klopt. De collega’s melden vanuit St.Émilion:
‘In a move that is evidently inspired by the estates’ recent elevation to “premier grand cru classé A”, Angélus has released at €180 per bottle ex-négociant, a full 30% up on 2011’s €138 p/b and an enormous 205% on the 2008 price of €59 p/b.
Matching its fellow Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, Pavie (whose second wine was released yesterday) also released at €180 p/b, a 58% increase on the €114 p/b asked for in 2011.
The releases are in stark contrast to fellow Saint-Emilion estate Canon, which released today with a 46% drop in price.
With the backing of critics with regard to quality and with a new “A” grade to justify, in should be no surprise that some estates felt that lowering prices did not apply to them – there may yet be others who thought likewise.
However, with a rising legal challenge to the Saint-Emilion classification, which one producer recently told the drinks business was “a mess” and in which Pavie and Angélus are both embroiled, with Parker’s scores not yet released and trade and buyer apathy towards estates not playing ball, they may well find themselves regretting such hubris”