Haut-Brion priced their futures at 420 euros ex-négoce, a shade under Lafite Rothschild, which was the first first-growth to release. Stocks of Bordeaux wine by vintage ahead of the Bordeaux 2015 en primeur campaign. Owner Jean-Hubert Delon has this second growth humming along—since 2000 it's earned a classic rating of 95 points or better in nine different vintages, and has never rated lower than 91 points during that span.

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Leading retailers are offering it for about $89 per bottle or $1,068 per case, a six percent increase on 2015. "A pretty good vibe in general, and especially on Lynch Bages," said one major négociant. The en primeur campaign is nearly wrapped up, and the general trend, looking at properties Wine Spectator tracks, has been an increase of 13 percent over the 2015 retail prices, with a handful of châteaus taking bigger jumps. Pomerol's Château Clinet (94-97) released its futures at a more cautious price—72 euros ex-négoce, retailing for $98 in the U.S. market, just seven percent more than the 2015. Perhaps crucially, those at the Place de Bordeaux said a 2% increase would be appropriate, setting them apart from the UK and Asia.

As mentioned earlier, Bordeaux was one of the easier wines to obtain when shipping was a far more cumbersome process. Big names have started to hit the marketplace this week, with Château Palmer releasing its futures and Château Lafite Rothschild releasing its second wine. Among the releases on June 7 were Right Bank studs Château Canon-La Gaffelière and Clos Fourtet. Each estate has its own market situation in terms of stock and back vintages, to an extent. It's an impressive wine in 2016, but the price seems ambitious for an estate that hasn't topped triple digits at retail since its 2010, which was released at around $170 U.S. retail and is currently selling for $167, according to the Wine Spectator's Auction Index. While the price is right, some négociants were scratching their head at the small amount of wine released in the initial tranche.

The Right Bank also saw Pavie Macquin release. Brexit, then, is the obvious wild card in this pack. "Great price, selling fast, but very little wine. Difference in price since on primeur. It's selling at U.S. retail for about $102 per bottle, 21 percent higher than the 2015. The 2016 vintage is in a different league than 2015 when it comes to the upper Médoc, so serious Bordeaux fans likely shouldn’t balk here. It’s what you can expect to pay.
Bordeaux’s en primeur campaign is officially under way. Our ratings are potential scores based on barrel samples.

That translates to a U.S. retail price of about $88, a very square price. Bordeaux has ramped up its futures campaign and appears headed for a crescendo soon.