‘Carnage’ has been one word that I have heard to describe La Place de Bordeaux 2023 September releases, as the number of wines going through the négociant system continues to expand.
The number of names offered is heading up towards 140, explaining why overcrowding is definitely becoming an issue. But honestly, with so many of the world’s icon wines coming to the market at the same time, it remains a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with a range of vintages and styles from established producers and new arrivals – including some wines that will only ever get to market through La Place de Bordeaux.
Not only that, but the September Releases continue to provide a useful check in with the evolution of the wine world. You’ll find a few library releases from Napa coming to market for example, in response to the tiny volumes of 2020 following dramatic wildfires that impacted that year’s harvest. And there’s a similar story with the exceptional Giaconda Chardonnay, back with its 2021 vintage after also choosing to make no 2020 following wildfires. The arrival of a fresh crop of French wines is also notable and surely another vote of confidence for this method of distribution.
Cutting through the noise is more crucial than ever, so I am suggesting here ten wines that I found particularly interesting in September 2023.
Tasting notes of more than 130 September Release wines can be found on janeanson.com, with an offer running through to September 30 of 10% discount from the first year’s subscription. Just use the code 10OFFSEPT23. Standard annual subscription is €110, with subscribers given first access to the annual Connoisseur Week and Mentor Week events.