Bordeaux 2019 En Primeur

 

Our Bordeaux 2019 En Primeur offers will be added on our offers homepage here, as soon as wines are released for sale by the châteaux, with information, tasting notes and critics' scores as they are released,  in release date order

When all key châteaux have released their wines (by late June) we will re-list the wines by commune, in alphabetical order.  Until then, our selection of 'Featured Wines' highlights a selection of particularly notable releases which we think offer value from this excellent vintage.

 

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Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised.  DP = duty-paid ex-London.  IB = under bond ex-London.

Red 2019 Château Angelus 75cl £1,422 per case of 6 IB
"The most refined Angélus I think I’ve ever tasted. Almost streamlined but with ... Read more
"The most refined Angélus I think I’ve ever tasted. Almost streamlined but with trademark colour, depth and imprint of tannin. Pure, fresh and fragrant with dark fruit and spice aromas. Smooth and saline on the palate with real line and length. Pure and precise with no exaggeration but a firmness of structure evident. One of the best from this estate. Drink 2028 – 2045. 18+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL) “An extremely refined and sharpened Angelus with super fine tannins and sweet ripe fruit in the center palate. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and so very polished. Silky. Very subtle. Bright blue fruit, black fruit and stones. Supple and minerally. 98-99 Points." James Suckling Close
Red 2019 Château Angludet 75cl £276 per case of 12 IB
Excellent intensity of colour in the glass and with vibrant, fresh aromas of bla... Read more
Excellent intensity of colour in the glass and with vibrant, fresh aromas of blackcurrant and savoury black tea. Some saline mineral notes balancing the precise fruit on the palate, with very fine Margaux tannins already in evidence, promising an elegant and complex wine in the medium-term (drinking from around 2025). RKL Close
Red 2019 Château Ausone 75cl £1,275 per case of 3 IB
Red 2019 Château Ausone 75cl £2,550 per case of 6 IB
Red 2019 Château Ausone - La Chapelle 75cl £725 per case of 6 IB
Red 2019 Château Beaumont 75cl £100 per case of 12 IB
"The 2019 Beaumont impresses on the nose with intense blackberry and briary arom... Read more
"The 2019 Beaumont impresses on the nose with intense blackberry and briary aromas, sous-bois and tobacco, all whilst maintaining its delineation. The palate is supple and silky on the entry. There is well judged acidity, plenty of cedar and seaweed, tinged black fruit and a spicy finish. Now, this is a bloody great Beaumont. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
Red 2019 Château Beaumont Magnum £115 per case of 6 IB
Red 2019 Château Berliquet 75cl £402 per case of 12 IB
"Vibrant damson in colour. I love the deep creaminess that is evident from the f... Read more
"Vibrant damson in colour. I love the deep creaminess that is evident from the first nose, with hints of cocoa and gunsmoke. There is more clay here than at Canon; about 50% of the vineyard has a clay layer over the limestone whereas at Canon it is closer to 10%, meaning Berliquet is less ethereal, more urgent and powerful, still with precision and feathery chalky tannins. They have restored the underground limestone cellars for barrel ageing. A yield of 45hl/ha. 45% new oak, for what is the 2nd full year of the Canon team working the vineyard. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Close
Red 2019 Château Beychevelle 75cl £657 per case of 12 IB
"The 2019 Beychevelle, one of the only wines that I actually tasted at the châte... Read more
"The 2019 Beychevelle, one of the only wines that I actually tasted at the château with Philippe Blanc prior to lockdown, has a wonderful bouquet with detailed blackberry, briary, cedar and light touches of mocha unfurling from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a discrete marine influence taking over towards the finish. There is a tang of seaweed and brine on the aftertaste. It keeps you coming back for more. This is a great 2019 from Blanc and his team though we must wait to see if it will surpass their 2018. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
Red 2019 Château Brane Cantenac 75cl £495 per case of 12 IB
"The 2019 Brane-Cantenac was cropped at 50hl/ha between 18 September and 9 Octob... Read more
"The 2019 Brane-Cantenac was cropped at 50hl/ha between 18 September and 9 October. Matured entirely in new oak, it is in possession of an almost pixelated bouquet with beguiling blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. I find this less austere than some vintages of Brane-Cantenac at this prenatal stage. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with filigree tannins, very harmonious, not a deep or powerful Margaux, yet very delineated. There is that signature touch of greenness that I often find on Brane-Cantenac on the finish, though I have learned through experience that this is assimilated with bottle age, so have a cool cellar handy. Excellent. 94-96 points. " Neal Martin, Vinous.com A thoroughly moreish and high-quality Brane Cantenac, this is silky and seductive with impressive extraction of the tannins giving backbone and support to brambled and cassis fruits. Plenty of crushed stone and spice to add a gourmet edge alongside the just-smoked oak. Extremely high quality and one of the best Branes I've tasted at this stage. 3% of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc complete the blend. For the first time, all of the plots for this wine come from the plateau de Brane just in front of the château, a reflection of how well this terroir withstood the heat of the summer. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Close
Red 2019 Château Cantemerle 75cl £210 per case of 12 IB
"Crushed berries and walnuts with red-chili and mushroom notes. It’s medium-to f... Read more
"Crushed berries and walnuts with red-chili and mushroom notes. It’s medium-to full-bodied and soft. Juicy at the end. Ripe tannins and good balance. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2019 Château Capbern 75cl £180 per case of 12 IB
This is a gorgeous young sample with wonderful blue fruit and spices, as well as... Read more
This is a gorgeous young sample with wonderful blue fruit and spices, as well as a nice overlay of pretty wood. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins. Hints of minerals. Better than 2018. 93-94 Points." James Suckling Close
Red 2019 Château Clerc Milon 75cl £295 per case of 6 IB
"The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc an... Read more
"The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 9th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Clerc Milon starts out a little closed and broody, offering notes of tar, chargrill, tapenade and Marmite toast over an emerging core of stewed plums, black cherries and kirsch with a touch of garrigue. The medium-bodied palate delivers loads of freshness with crunchy black fruits and a lively line, backed up by grainy tannins, finishing long and savory. 92-94+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "A very tight, precise red with super fine tannins that are tight and focused. Medium-to full-bodied with linear tannins and a bright, vivid finish. It’s leaner and refined. Precise and driven. This is a very cabernet sauvignon-driven Clerc with 72% cabernet sauvignon. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2019 Château Cos d'Estournel 75cl £684 per case of 6 IB
"The 2019 Cos d'Estournel was picked from 23 September to 7 October at 43hl/ha a... Read more
"The 2019 Cos d'Estournel was picked from 23 September to 7 October at 43hl/ha and matured in a judicious 55% new oak. It marks a serious and tangible upgrade over the Les Pagodes as you would expect: far more intensity, more fruit and complexity. It delivers gorgeous, very pure scents of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone and just a hint of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a satin-like texture. One of the most harmonious Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered in barrel and, though it is not quite touching the same ethereal level, it reminds me of the 2016 towards the finish. Utterly divine. 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "Harvest for the grand vin began on the 23rd of September and finished on the 7th of October. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot (with no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year), yields for this wine in 2019 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it is aging in 55% new oak. It came in at an alcohol level of 14.02% and an IPT of 67. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel soars out of the glass with vibrant black raspberries, Black Forest cake and crushed blackcurrants scents plus nuances of red roses, wild sage, dark chocolate and cast-iron pan with a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and built like a skyscraper, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the concentrated black fruit flavors, finishing with incredible length and depth. This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain - the hallmarks of this great vintage. It's a vinous masterpiece in the making. 97-99+ points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate "A very powerful and structured Cos. It’s full and layered, but not overpowering in terms of fruit. It’s more about the abundant, very fine tannins. It’s a classic wine with historical grip and power. Real Bordeaux. Sophisticated and provocative. 98-99 points." James Suckling Close
White 2019 Château Coutet 75cl £320 per case of 12 IB
"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely ... Read more
"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely long. Spicy. Very dense. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
White 2019 Château Coutet Half bottle £335 per case of 24 IB
"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely ... Read more
"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely long. Spicy. Very dense. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2019 Château d'Armailhac 75cl £360 per case of 12 IB
"This year the blend is 62%Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and... Read more
"This year the blend is 62%Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 9th of October. The 2019 D'Armailhac sports a medium to deep garnet-purple color and notes of warm plums, stewed cherries, mulberries and blackcurrant pastilles with touches of aniseed, wild thyme and chocolate box. The medium-bodied palate has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the expressive black and blue fruits, finishing with a provocative herbal lift. 91-93 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "A polished, refined red with blueberries, blackberries and some dark chocolate and spice, such as cloves and black pepper. Full-bodied, round and ripe. Crisp and fresh at the end. Juicy and delicious already. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com £The 2019 d'Armailhac was the last vintage made in the old winery that has since been demolished to make way for a new gravity-fed facility that will be equipped with 50 smaller vats tailored to the parcels in the vineyard. It will provide greater space that will permit longer élevage if desired. It is fascinating to juxtapose again its Clerc Milon stablemate. There is more amplitude on the nose, it is more forthright with blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and a subtle leather aroma. It comes across less high-toned than previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and slightly more mid-palate depth/grip than the Clerc Milon. The crescendo here is wonderful, fanning out towards the finish with subtle black pepper, sage and mint notes. This is a delicious d'Armailhac in the making. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
Red 2019 Château d'Issan 75cl £438 per case of 12 IB
"The 2019 d'Issan has an intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pencil lead... Read more
"The 2019 d'Issan has an intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pencil lead and wilted iris scents that unfold gradually from the glass. The oak seems nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannins that provide quite a firm backbone. Mainly black fruit with hints of white pepper, sage and graphite, this is a tightly-wound d'Issan with impressive persistence on the classic pencil lead finish. Maybe a bit old school? There's nothing wrong with that if it is well crafted, like this. Tasted twice, one bottle showing a little more cohesion than the first. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com "A concentrated but graceful feel to this Issan, showcasing why it is one of the powerhouses of Margaux without necessarily flexing its muscles the most obviously. Takes a few moments to unroll on the palate but as it does it expands both forward and outwards, beautifully filling the mid palate with creamy brambly fruits and firm but flexible tannins. This inches open, suggesting it has an extremely long life ahead of it, and is close to the 2016 in expression, although not quite with the depth of expression of that exemplary vintage. 50% new oak, 3.7pH. 45% of overall production went into the 1st wine. Harvest from 25th September to 11th October. Drinking Window 2029 – 2045. 96 Points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This is a very pure expression of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants, blackberries and tar. Wet earth, too. It's full-bodied, yet very tight and reserved. Extremely racy, intense finish. This is super precise. Classical. 96-97 Points." James Suckling Close
Red 2019 Château Du Tertre 75cl £318 per case of 12 IB
"The Grand Vin 2019 Château Du Tertre checks in as 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% M... Read more
"The Grand Vin 2019 Château Du Tertre checks in as 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. This beautiful Margaux offers awesome notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, sandalwood, spice, and a touch of bouquet garni. With medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannins, and a great finish, it's certainly the finest wine I've tasted from this domaine. It's going to evolve nicely over the coming two decades. 92-94+ points" Jeb Dunnock, RobertParker.com "A fantastic du Tertre with blackberries and blueberries. Very pure fruit character in general. Stone and tea undertones. It’s full-bodied with a tight, focused tannin backbone. Excellent structure. One of the best ever from here. So precise. A blend of 54% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2019 Château Duhart Milon 75cl £620 per case of 12 IB
"The 2019 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, harv... Read more
"The 2019 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 4th of October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of plums preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of menthol, dark chocolate, pencil lead and woodsmoke plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate is spritely and refreshing, with bags of juicy, mint-laced black fruits and an approachable, plush texture, finishing long and lively. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "A very balanced, refined Duhart with ever so fine tannins and currant, tobacco and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium to fine tannins. It’s extremely long and polished. Direct. You already want to drink this. 95-96 points" James Suckling Close

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