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Bordeaux 2019 En Primeur

You can view all of our 2019 Bordeaux en primeur wines by their original release offers, with full commentary, scores and tasting notes here.  Alternatively, see a list of the wines below.

"Two thousand and nineteen is a great vintage. I know. Boring. But my job is to tell it as it is, and that is what it is. It is an excellent vintage."  Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Jun 2020

The background to Bordeaux 2019 En Primeur may have been highly unusual, but there is no doubt about the brilliant quality of the wines, nor about the extremely attractive release prices from many top châteaux.  Even the most grudging critics of the en primeur system concede that in this year, Bordeaux "got it right".

We usually pride ourselves on taking a view early in the campaign, based on tasting hundreds of wines and speaking directly to winemakers and châteaux owners when we visit the region in April.  For obvious reasons, our appreciation of the 2019s has been a movable feast, evolving as each new cask sample arrived at the office.

Our FULL & FINAL BORDEAUX 2019 EN PRIMEUR OFFER now includes all of those wines we particularly recommend; a little over eighty châteaux, including over forty crus classés (around two-thirds of the total) and a further forty cru bourgeois, right bank wines and deuxièmes vins.  Hopefully, this puts the enthusiasm of our notes into context!  These are in our opinion a selection of the very best wines, from an excellent vintage, from possibly the world's greatest wine region.

 

2019 harvest in full-swing at Pavie

 

Growing season & effect on the vintage

The question raised by so many wines we tasted was "how can such an elegant, balanced wine be made in such a warm year?".  Early on in the process, we expected each sample to show aromas of prune or fig, or a kind of 'hot' character to the alcohol indicating lack of integration, but on the contrary, sample after sample proved to be fresh and aromatically complex with excellent acidity. 

Gradually, with more and more tasting, we have gained a sense of how the weather shaped the vintage.  Each year, with advancing technology, analysis of the growing season grows more complex.  This year we have even begun to receive reports from a satellite telecommunications company who have branched out into analysis of classic wine regions.  More detailed information is available than ever before, both to winemakers and to the trade, so we offer just a summary of the key points.

The early part of the growing season saw far fewer extreme weather events than 2018, with frost damage and mildew far less prevalent, resulting in a clean, healthy crop.  This was not a heatwave year in the sense of 2003 (with sustained extreme temperatures without relief) but a year which saw some intense heat spikes, mitigated by a later start to ripening and some very useful rainfall at key times, namely in JuneJuly and just before harvest time. 

Record readings on the car dashboard thermometer from last summer may stick in the memory, but in the terms which matter to the vines (i.e. 'average heat accumulation days') 2019 scored lower than 2018.  The first of those heat spikes was in June, before ripening had even begun.  Add to this the healthiness of the crop and we have a year with wonderful ripeness levels and an aromatic complexity to the fruit which will probably prove to be the defining characteristic of the vintage.

Excellent vintages seem almost miraculously to come in pairs (1995/'96, '2005/'06, 09' &'10, '15/'16) and this is no coincidence.  The reproductive cycle of the vine is spread over two years and in a good growing season, the vines will take the opportunity to produce embryonic buds both for the current year and for the next, so potential was already developing during the 2018 growing season.

In 2018, a hot summer was accompanied by low summer rainfall and a reduction in the harvest due to frost and mildew which concentrated the fruit at many properties.  Described as a 'winemakers' vintage', the challenge was to handle the fruit to extracts its full (tremendous) potential. 

Despite casual similarities with 2018 and although there was less overall rainfall, the conditions in 2019 were just enough rain (as in 2009, '10 and '16) falling at just the right time.  Writing for Jancisrobinson.com, Gavin Quinney's prediction in November last year seems pretty spot-on to us:

"Stylistically, based on this, it would be no surprise if 2019 ended up as a mythical blend of 2012, 2014 and 2016, with a little 2015 thrown in. (By that I mean the charm and drinkability of the 2012s, the straightness and classicism of the 2014s, the freshness and fruity appeal of the 2016s, and the warmth of 2015.)"

Rather than the very interventionist approach needed to winemaking in 2018, this was a year in which winemakers needed to decide "when to act and when to do nothing" (Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate).

 

 

Crop 'sanitation'...not the most glamorous phrase, but an important factor in the fruit purity in the 2019s.

 

 

Vintage quality & comparisons

What is harder to say with certainty at this stage is where 2019 sits on the (very subjective and fluid) scale between 'excellent' and 'great'.  This was an extraordinarily easy and pleasurable vintage to taste from barrel samples, in contrast to years like 2018 and 2010.  For an elegant year, it has an easy charm quite unlike the 2016s at the same stage, but there is also a wonderful aromatic complexity, with fine acidity and tannic structure which points to excellent ageing potential.  Jane Anson writes:  "I am extremely confident that the best wines have decades ahead of them."  - Decanter, June 2020.

Whilst we speculate as to how the wines will develop in bottle, there is, of course, another kind of speculation to factor in, namely price.  Alfred Tesseron showed some real leadership when he released Pontet-Canet at 31% below the 2018 release price in late May.  Many chateaux subsequently followed a pattern of releases with lower prices, but scores equal to or higher than the 2018s.  Amidst uncertainty about exactly how great this vintage is, and about the wider economy, there is at least certainty that these are in many cases the best-priced examples of these wines on the fine wine market and we recommend adding them to your cellar.

All wines offered subject to availability, quantities in many cases extremely limited.  

RED 2019 Château Angludet 75cl £276 per case of 12 Château Angludet
2019 / / 75cl
£276 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesExcellent 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
RED 2019 Château Ausone - La Chapelle 75cl £725 per case of 6 Château Ausone
2019 / / 75cl
£725 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 Château Beaumont 75cl £100 per case of 12 Château Beaumont
2019 / / 75cl
£100 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Beaumont Magnum £115 per case of 6 Château Beaumont
2019 / / Magnum
£115 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 Château Berliquet 75cl £402 per case of 12 Château Berliquet
2019 / / 75cl
£402 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Beychevelle 75cl £657 per case of 12 Château Beychevelle
2019 / / 75cl
£657 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Brane Cantenac 75cl £495 per case of 12 Château Brane Cantenac
2019 / / 75cl
£495 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Calon Ségur 75cl £895 per case of 12 Château Calon Ségur
2019 / / 75cl
£895 per case of 12
IB
RED 2019 Château Canon 75cl £940 per case of 12 Château Canon
2019 / / 75cl
£940 per case of 12
IB
RED 2019 Château Cantemerle 75cl £210 per case of 12 Château Cantemerle
2019 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Capbern 75cl £180 per case of 12 Château Capbern
2019 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Clerc Milon 75cl £295 per case of 6 Château Clerc Milon
2019 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Cos d'Estournel 75cl £684 per case of 6 Château Cos d'Estournel
2019 / / 75cl
£684 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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
WHITE 2019 Château Coutet 75cl £320 per case of 12 Château Coutet
2019 / / 75cl
£320 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely long. Spicy. Very dense. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com
WHITE 2019 Château Coutet Half bottle £335 per case of 24 Château Coutet
2019 / / Half bottle
£335 per case of 24
IB
Tasting Notes"A sweet, dense and rich white with oily character. Full and layered. Extremely long. Spicy. Very dense. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château d'Armailhac 75cl £360 per case of 12 Château d'Armailhac
2019 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château d'Issan 75cl £438 per case of 12 Château d'Issan
2019 / / 75cl
£438 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Duhart Milon 75cl £620 per case of 12 Château Duhart Milon
2019 / / 75cl
£620 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 Château Enclos Tourmaline 75cl £320 per case of 3 Château Enclos Tourmaline
2019 / / 75cl
£320 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"A dense, very minerally red with iron, dark berries and black olives. Full-bodied and agile. It’s very structured, though not heavy. Opulent, yet reserved. 96-97 points." James Suckling
RED 2019 Château Feytit Clinet 75cl £250 per case of 6 Château Feytit Clinet
2019 / / 75cl
£250 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Feytit-Clinet was cropped at 34hl/ha between 18 September and 3 October and matured in 70% new oak for an expected 16 months. It is understated at first and demands coaxing from the glass. It rewards you with pure black fruit, freshly shaved black truffles and touches of crushed stone. The palate is magnificent: precise tannins, a perfect line of acidity, impressive complexity and amazing focus. Oddly it reminds me of a Lafleur, though there is much less Cabernet Franc here. Unquestionably, this is the best Feytit-Clinet that Jeremy Chasseuil has overseen and I cannot wait to taste it in bottle. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "The 2019 Château Feytit-Clinet is a beauty, offering loads of opulent blackcurrants, damp earth, licorice, new leather, and espresso aromas and flavors. It's a big, rich barrel sample that packs plenty of depth and richness, yet also stays light on its feet, with no sensation of weight or heaviness. It also offers integrated oak and a great finish. I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar. 95-97+ points" Jebdunnuck.com
RED 2019 Château Gazin 75cl £630 per case of 12 Château Gazin
2019 / / 75cl
£630 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Gazin is tightly wound at first and needs coaxing from the glass. Broody dark berry fruit, truffle and smoke eventually emerge, flanked by a discrete marine influence. The palate is very promising with saturated tannins that belie the structure of this Pomerol. The freshness is very impressive, lighting up the senses. The finish is imbued with wonderful tension and traces of iron on the aftertaste. Quintessentially Gazin, this is a superb wine. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Gloria 75cl £295 per case of 12 Château Gloria
2019 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes" A firm, chewy red with blackberries, earth and hints of chocolate. It’s full-bodied and very structured. Better than the 2018. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com "The 2019 Gloria continues a strong run of form - those rustic Glorias of the 1970s and 1980s are a distant memory. This has a precise and detailed bouquet that offers blackberry, briary, cedar and light tobacco aromas that gently unfurl in the glass. The palate is very well structured with a lovely citric undercurrent lending freshness and sharpness. This is a nimble Saint-Julien, athletic in build with a sapid finish that urges you back for another sip. Excellent. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £270 per case of 6 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2019 / / 75cl
£270 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £540 per case of 12 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2019 / / 75cl
£540 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Lovely depth of colour, a big difference between the 1st and 2nd wine in this vintage, this just screams Pauillac with its pencil lead, charcoal and cassis notes. Glass-staining colour, extremely silky, with liquorice and chocolate adding layers without taking away from the purity of expression. Fine tannic hold, tons of character and clear longevity - this is a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016. Drinking Window 2027 - 2046. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter "The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Haut Bailly 75cl £420 per case of 6 Château Haut Bailly
2019 / / 75cl
£420 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Haut-Bailly was picked 23 September to 10 October. After 10-15 minutes in the glass the wine gradually unfurls to reveal beautiful red berry fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petals and faint hints of blueberry. The palate is quite brilliantly balanced, the tannins extremely fine and framing the slightly earthy black fruit laced with salt. Though Véronique Sanders suggests that it bears a semblance to the 2009 with more depth, I cannot see that verisimilitude. To me, it is a less flamboyant and more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful. 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com " Such totally graceful perfumes to this, showing currants, dried flowers and stones, as well as hints of forest fruit and subtle tar, asphalt and smoke. Full-bodied, yet the texture is pristine with intense, polished and fine-grained tannins. So long, flavorful and ever so beautiful. The finish is never ending. This really is something special. 56% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com "Composed of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Haut-Bailly was harvested from the 23rd of September to 11th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with vivacious notes of blackcurrant cordial, black raspberries and plum preserves with a tantalizing undercurrent of candied violets, dark chocolate, menthol and licorice plus a touch of Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly elegant, showing off perfumed black fruit layers with a firm frame of very fine-grained, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible persistence and fragrance. Just magic. 97-99 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 Château Haut Batailley 75cl £420 per case of 12 Château Haut Batailley
2019 / / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It’s full and chewy with a powerful finish. Tar and graphite at the end. Solid core of fruit and tannin here. One of the most structured I have had from here. Cazes family making the difference. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château La Chenade 75cl £150 per case of 12 Château La Chenade
2019 / / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesMade from fruit sourced from Les Cruzelles, La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, aged mostly in one-year old oak barrels. RKL "Sweet, carefully extracted and poised blackberry and brambled fruits with gentle smoked oak notes and fresh acidities that cut through the heat of the summer. Delicate overall, this is an unforced and highly enjoyable wine. Drinking Window 2023 - 2036. 91 points." Jane Anson, Decanter "Plenty of sweet berries with chocolate and smoke. Even coffee. It’s medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Cherries at the end. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château La Lagune 75cl £300 per case of 12 Château La Lagune
2019 / / 75cl
£300 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 La Lagune has a finely chiseled bouquet, a mélange of red and black fruit, touches of damp clay, undergrowth and cedar developing with time. These aromatics are very nuanced and deserve time, not impactful but intellectual. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannins. Very linear and correct in style, it feels fresh and sapid, though I would have liked more flair to show through on the saline finish. Still, I like the grip and I suspect it will give 25-30 years drinking pleasure. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Labegorce 75cl £240 per case of 12 Château Labegorce
2019 / / 75cl
£240 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Labégorce, picked from 19 September to 12 October and matured in 40% new oak, has one of the more flamboyant Margaux bouquets with expressive black cherries, bilberry, light cedar notes and crushed violet. It develops impressive cohesion with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied and what you first notice is the finesse of the tannins. This has a satin-like texture and very well judged acidity. The new oak does poke out a little on the finish - if that can be assimilated during its barrel maturation, this could turn into a very serious Margaux. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Lafon Rochet 75cl £340 per case of 12 Château Lafon Rochet
2019 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Spiced pepper and cinnamon on the first nose, good concentration, pencil lead and slate abound in this alongside cassis bud and touches of brambled hedgerow, all of which suggests fresh acidities and good backbone. Some chewy tannins also, this is a serious Lafon that will age well. Less immediately seductive than the 2018. Tasted twice two weeks apart. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "The 2019 Lafon-Rochet, which was picked from 25 September to 5 October, requires a little coaxing from the glass, eventually unfurling with blackberry, bilberry, violet and light crushed stone/clayey scents that is quintessential Saint-Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins, fresh and saline in the mouth, old school in the best sense of that expression. No, it is not the most flamboyant Lafon-Rochet, but it is imbued with a sense of nobility and classicism that I much admire. Tasted three times with consistent notes. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Lagrange 75cl £369 per case of 12 Château Lagrange
2019 / / 75cl
£369 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Lagrange was picked from 24 September and finished with the Petit Verdot on 14 October - the longest harvest at 27 days. It has quite a dense, powerful bouquet with black fruit, sous-bois and cedar, taking its time to open but somehow remaining more “distant” than previous vintages of Lagrange. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, layers of black fruit with just a light citric touch. Quite a streamlined Lagrange in the context of a warm growing season, this feels agile and nimble on the finish. Excellent. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Langoa Barton 75cl £353 per case of 12 Château Langoa Barton
2019 / / 75cl
£353 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes“The 2019 Langoa Barton has a very typical Langoa nose, which is a good thing, sporting vivacious black cherries, blackberry, crushed iris, cedar and light blood orange scents lurking offstage. Lovely oak integration here. The palate is beautifully defined on the entry, a structured almost big-boned Langoa with enormous grip on the spicy finish. I love the generosity of this Saint-Julien, one that I suspect will be seductive on release but don't be deceived - it deserves cellaring lest you get a smacked wrist for being impatient. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com “Silky blackberry and bilberry fruits, this is a brilliant Langoa, with concentration and lift that pull you both forwards and upwards through the palate. For me this is more successful than the 2018 because it delivers an absolute punch of fruits but gently so, with elegance and control that is very St Julien. Grilled cedar finish, great stuff. Drinking Window 2027 – 2042. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine “Very finely textured with pure blue fruit and lavender and violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with pure, focused fruit. Extremely long and refined. Clearly better than the 2018. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château Larcis Ducasse 75cl £279 per case of 6 Château Larcis Ducasse
2019 / / 75cl
£279 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"A full-bodied red that’s powerful, very rich and very deep. Floral and spicy with dried fruit, earth, tobacco and mushrooms. Dense center palate. Great depth. Traditional. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château Laroque 75cl £210 per case of 12 Château Laroque
2019 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"This is very minerally and stony with crushed cement. Medium to full body and firm, polished tannins. It’s floral and complex. So fresh and bright. Wonderful balance to this. Elegance and drinkability. Better than the 2018. One of best ever. 94-95 Points". James Suckling Composed of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Laroque was harvested from the 30th of September to the 10th of October. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare this year. Alcohol came in at 14.5%, with a relatively low pH of 3.44. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold scents of blueberry preserves, Black Forest cake, dark chocolate and lilacs with underlying hints of aniseed, espresso and pencil lead plus a waft of smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely filled with dark, seductive berry layers and a whole myriad of savory nuances, framed by wonderfully soft, velvety tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful! 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £790 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
2019 / / 75cl
£790 per case of 6
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Tasting NotesVERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY - PLEASE ENQUIRE "...the 2019 Tertre-Rôteboeuf marks the first time that I taste a barrel sample from outside François Mitjavile’s cellar. It possesses a very classy bouquet with beautifully defined black fruit that feels maybe less flamboyant and more introspective than previous years. It is very finely tuned, almost Burgundy-like. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins: layers of black fruit laced with dark chocolate and a gorgeous, mineral-driven finish that fans out wonderfully. It will require several years to full absorb the oak, but it is a very impressive Tertre-Rôteboeuf. Chapeau François Mitjavile. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £648 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2019 / / 75cl
£648 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes“The 2019 Léoville Barton is a different kettle of fish compared to its sibling Langoa. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, sous-bois, tobacco and minerals, much more introverted yet exceedingly complex. The palate is exquisite in terms of balance, laden with intense black fruit laced with orange zest, that citrus element counterbalancing the tannic grip and structure. There is a sense of completeness to this Léoville-Barton, certainly on par with the best vintages in recent years. A formidable yet charming Saint-Julien in the making. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com “A pure, focused red with blackberries and blackcurrants. Very floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, tight and fine-tannined. Pretty clarity and balance to this. Less muscular than the 2018, but very attractive all the same. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com “Medium to full intensity in colour, this is glass-staining ruby and yet another hit from an estate that is making seriously great wine right now. Mint and eucalyptus are clear, tension and grip held through the palate. This has shoulders and swagger to the tannins, pure cassis hit of fruit and some lovely black chocolate and slate overtones along the way. Strays almost to Pauillac in terms of the weight of the tannins, but it's brilliant. Drinking Window 2029 – 2045. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2019 Château Léoville Las Cases 75cl £873 per case of 6 Château Léoville Las Cases
2019 / / 75cl
£873 per case of 6
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RED 2019 Château Les Cruzelles 75cl £195 per case of 12 Château Les Cruzelles
2019 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesThe fruit for Les Cruzelles is grown on soils with a higher clay content than La Chenade, with slightly more Merlot in the blend, giving darker, more intense wines. RKL "This is smoky, spicy and meaty with blueberry character. It’s medium-bodied with a chewy texture and a tight, pronounced finish. Serious. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com "For me this stands out above La Chenade, in the yin and yang of these two terroirs. Has more signature of the Pomerol side of Lalande, with rich coffee-tinged blackberry fruits, still with beautiful control and lift. Silky, elegant, concentrated. This is a wine that stands as a tribute to the brilliance of Denis Durantou in these smaller appellations, and is one that you will drink with emotion. Drinking Window 2023 - 2036. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
RED 2019 Château Les Cruzelles Magnum £210 per case of 6 Château Les Cruzelles
2019 / / Magnum
£210 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 Château Les Ormes de Pez 75cl £210 per case of 12 Château Les Ormes de Pez
2019 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Plenty of punch in this Ormes de Pez, full of rich ripe black fruits, traces of exotic spices of cinnamon and saffron from the heat of the summer, and brilliant value if looking for personality and appellation signature in St Estèphe. Blend completed with 3% Petit Verdot. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
WHITE 2019 Château Margaux - Pavillon Blanc du Margaux 75cl £975 per case of 6 Château Margaux
2019 / / 75cl
£975 per case of 6
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RED 2019 Château Margaux - Pavillon Rouge du Margaux 75cl £750 per case of 6 Château Margaux
2019 / / 75cl
£750 per case of 6
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RED 2019 Château Meyney 75cl £225 per case of 12 Château Meyney
2019 / / 75cl
£225 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"The 2019 Meyney is well defined on the bouquet, leaning a little more towards the red side of the fruit spectrum with raspberry, wild strawberry and floral scents. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It has a citric element from start to finish, a taut line of acidity with light spicy notes towards the finish that shares the brininess of stablemate Grand Puy Ducasse. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Montlandrie 75cl £158 per case of 12 Château Montlandrie
2019 / / 75cl
£158 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Montlandrie is a 12 hectare vineyard on a mix of clay and limestone, planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all of Durantou's wines, the hallmark of Montlandrie is a voluptuous texture and concentration, accompanied by wonderful freshness and purity of fruit. RKL “The 2019 Montlandrie, Denis Durantou's Côtes de Castillon vineyard, was picked from 30 September with the Cabernets picked 7-10 October before maturation in 40% new oak. It has a well-defined, very focused and compelling bouquet with intense cranberry and raspberry scents laced with cedar and sous-bois. The palate is exquisite: built around a core of finely chiseled tannins, a mélange of black and red fruit with hints of liquorice and subtle briny notes on the persistent finish. This is outstanding. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "Cinnamon and spice box tinged pulped raspberry fruits on the nose, this has the restrained exuberance of Montlandrie in spades, where the ripe fruits are balanced step by step with fresh acidities and lip smacking salinity that speaks to the limestone soils of this estate. Cabernet Sauvignon adds a savoury touch, and overall this is yet another example of why the loss of Durantou will be felt for years. Drinking Window 2025 - 2036. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter "The 2019 Montlandrie is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It comes bounding out of the glass with bright, cheerful scents of warm redcurrants, Morello cherries, wild blueberries and boysenberries with touches of lavender, red roses, cinnamon stick and cast-iron pan. Wow. I LOVE this energy on the elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate. The red and black fruit layers practically dance, intermingled with grainy (Cabernet-like) tannins and tons of freshness. It has a satisfyingly long, fragrant finish. Truly impressive! 93-95 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 Château Montrose 75cl £600 per case of 6 Château Montrose
2019 / / 75cl
£600 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Oh this is good, it steals up on you with real depth of flavour, stately and concentrated in a way that reminds me of a 1996 or a 2016. Extremely measured, very clear that this is going to age effortlessly, it is extremely discreet and yet packed with persistent flavours. A masterclass in the flavours and aromatics that you expect in a great Médoc wine - slate, crushed stones, savoury blackcurrant, liquorice, hints of smoke and cold ash. After five minutes in the glass the sweeter berry fruit comes out, and the whole thing is sappy and mouthwatering, and makes you smile. 12% press wine, 3.77oH. A yield of 47hl/ha. 60% new oak. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking Window 2029 - 2050. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
WHITE 2019 Château Mouton Rothschild - Aile d'Argent 75cl £360 per case of 6 Château Mouton Rothschild
2019 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"You just know that Aile d'Argent is going to suit a vintage like this, where the warmth of the summer accentuates the rich apricot, white pear and juicy nectarine flavours of the wine. This tiny drop of Muscadelle gives lift and florality to the finish, and overall there is width, depth and texture aplenty, with a fabulous lick of salinity on the finish. Does a great job of walking the tightrope - and the team under Philippe Dhalluin are not afraid of underlining the texture of the wine, giving 17% of the production some malolactic fermentation, one of the rare Bordeaux whites to do so. Harvest September 7 to 11. Drinking Window 2021 - 2034. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "A very exotic Aile d’Argent with dried-mango, fresh-pineapple, and sliced-lemon aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and very ripe, yet it’s framed by bright acidity. Tangy and vivid with a long, intense finish. Exciting. Contrastive. 38% semillon and the rest sauvignon blanc and gris. 97-98 points." James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020
RED 2019 Château Palmer - Alter Ego de Palmer 75cl £540 per case of 12 Château Palmer
2019 / / 75cl
£540 per case of 12
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RED 2019 Château Pape Clement 75cl £725 per case of 12 Château Pape Clement
2019 / / 75cl
£725 per case of 12
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RED 2019 Château Pavie 75cl £1,495 per case of 6 Château Pavie
2019 / / 75cl
£1,495 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThis is superb with great length and quality tannins. It’s full-bodied with intense, polished tannins and great length. Tar and black fruit. Goes on for minutes. On and on. We will see which is better: 2019 or 2018. 98-99 points." James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, "The 2019 Pavie is a blend of 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from the 30th of September to the 11th of October. The yields this year were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the alcohol came in at 14.73%, while the pH was 3.55 (remarkably low!). Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with a beguiling array of intertwined earth and black fruit scents: baked plums, black cherry preserves, tilled soil, black truffles, mossy tree bark and mulberries with nuances of allspice, clove oil, espresso and cedar chest. Full-bodied, densely packed and with a rock-solid structure, the constrained flavor layers are just waiting to explode; it's framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins and this vineyard's signature freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Quaking with latent power and shimmering with a kaleidoscope of electric flavors, this could only be Pavie. 97-100 points". Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
RED 2019 Château Pavie Macquin 75cl £295 per case of 6 Château Pavie Macquin
2019 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Pavie Macquin feels very tight on the nose at first and certainly from my sample bottle, I allowed it 15-20 minutes to open. Eventually it reveals very intense scents of black cherries, cassis and crushed violet, touches of blood orange in the background. The palate has a satin-like texture, almost Vosne-Romanée-like, with extraordinarily pure blue and black fruit. Seamless! There is fine tension on the finish with impressive persistence. This is a seriously good Pavie-Macquin from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. 2025 - 2055. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Violet-edged floral attack, hitting you straight up with the full range of concentrated black fruits and spices. Such a great quality wine that stands out from the pack. Full of nuance, just when you think you are done it pushes another flavour into the room. The texture is controlled and precise, with slate edges that slow down its progress through the palate; just all round excellent terroir and winemaking. Tasted twice, a week apart, and its the depth to the palate that really sets it apart, and the mouth-scrapingly slow slate finish. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 97 points." Jane Anson, Decanter------"Really classy red, offering blueberries, minerals, salt, limestone and light fresh herbs. It’s full-bodied, but so refined. Fine layers of fruit and tannins. It’s like millefeuille. The 2018 is more exuberant, but I love the elegance and structure here. Subtle and complex. 78% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. 98-99 points." James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020
RED 2019 Château Phelan Ségur 75cl £360 per case of 12 Château Phelan Ségur
2019 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes“Another impressive vintage at this estate, one that is regularly turning out wines to sit up and take notice of. A touch more austerity than was seen at this stage in the 2018, but the same level of intensity and concentration and just sheer confidence without trying too hard. Undertow of crushed granite and liquorice root, with real precision in the cassis fruits, and a wall of tannins that manage to be both present and unobtrusive. Great winemaking going on here. 56% new oak, 3.8pH, 1PT81. Could go higher when retasting in bottle. Tasted twice two weeks apart. Drinking Window 2026 – 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine “The complexity and depth is fantastic in this beautifully crafted, refined red. Such poise, finesse and length. Yet dense and very compacted. Love the texture precision. Goes on and on. Best ever? 96-97 points". James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château Pichon Baron 75cl £625 per case of 6 Château Pichon Baron
2019 / / 75cl
£625 per case of 6
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RED 2019 Château Pichon Lalande 75cl £800 per case of 6 Château Pichon Lalande
2019 / / 75cl
£800 per case of 6
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RED 2019 Château Pontet Canet 75cl £875 per case of 12 Château Pontet Canet
2019 / / 75cl
£875 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesClear Pauillac character in terms of its tannic structure, overlaid with the Pontet signature of recent vintages that translates into spirals of peony and iris alongside brambled hedgerow. As it settles, coffee bean and tobacco adds a charred character alongside blackberry and cassis puree. It opens extremely slowly, with so many subtle nuances that gather in confidence. The tannins have unmistakeable Pauillac strength, but the structure and the subtlety of this wine is Pontet-Canet, with the amphoras having an influence in terms of the tannins feeling less silky than they do in many of the appellation's biggest wines, but still with swagger. Back to a normal yield after the difficulties in 2018 with mildew that saw production drop to 12hl/ha. This is the last vintage under Jean-Michel Comme, technical director and estate manager for past 32 years. He has been replaced by Mathieu Bessonnet who has spent the last 15 years with Michel Chapoutier on his (also biodynamically farmed) estates in Australia and Alsace and who was, they tell me, selected by Comme who chose him and worked with him. 100% 1st wine, as it has been for the past four years. 55% will be aged in new oak barrel, 45% in amphoras.This is a two-point score under the 2016, because it doesn't have the concentration of that exceptional vintage, but it's an excellent Pontet, full of vigour. Manual punching down across the entire production. Drinking window 2028-2044. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, 21st March 2020------"A very tight, compact red that shows wonderful precision and definition with lots of blackberries, blueberries, stones and black tea. The sorting and de-stemming was all done by hand. Love the sensibility to this. Superb length and finesse. Subtle and sophisticated. No pumping over and gentle pushing down. Handmade. Very exciting and thought-provoking. Very long. 35% in amphora and the rest in 50% new oak and 15% one-year oak. 65% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot. Biodynamic grapes. 98-99 points" James Suckling, 28th May 2020"
RED 2019 Château Potensac 75cl £188 per case of 12 Château Potensac
2019 / / 75cl
£188 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes“Excellent Potensac with a creamy and tight tannin structure. Blueberries and blackberries with some salt and minerals at the end. Classic structure. One of the best ever. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 Château Poujeaux 75cl £210 per case of 12 Château Poujeaux
2019 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Solid as a rock this year with blueberries and crushed stones. Dried lavender, too. It’s medium-bodied, yet structured and long. Excellent. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com "The 2019 Poujeaux has a more introverted bouquet than some of its Moulis associates, though it opens nicely offering black cherries, liquorice, pressed iris petals and touches of crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with insistent grip on the entry. This Poujeaux has good backbone, almost Pauillac-like in style with a dense and persistent finish that augers for a long-term wine that will repay those with the nous to cellar it a few years. Superb. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £342 per case of 6 Château Rauzan Ségla
2019 / / 75cl
£342 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesVERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY - PLEASE ENQUIRE "62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.5 % Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample. Margaux finesse at the top table. Poised and fragrant with vineyard-fresh dark fruit and cassis aromas. Exquisite palate, juicy but seamless, the fine tannins and perfectly pitched fruit in absolute harmony. Silky texture. Long, clean, digeste finish. 17.5 points." James Lawther MW, Jancis Robinson.com "The black fruits burrow downwards through the palate at first, keeping things pretty closed, everything holding its breath, before the fruit opens. There is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 but the density becomes extremely clear in the glass. A serious Rauzan, cassis and cedar, still with a rinse of iris flowers to give it the Margaux touch. 3.73pH. 50/50 1st and 2nd wine. A yield of 42l/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
RED 2019 Château Roc de Cambes 75cl £260 per case of 6 Château Roc de Cambes
2019 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesRich earth and humus notes on the nose alongside powerful red and black cherry fruits, with additional notes of figs, black tea. Extraordinary glycerin-like texture on the palate, with obvious full alcochol but no sense of heat or imbalance. Despite a sweatness to the fruit flavours the overall impression is entirely savoury, with tremendous length. A complete tour de force. RKL "Ripe, jammy fruit with a present but integrated toasty edge. Less expressive than some years (François Mitjavile conceded afterwards that it needed racking). Rich and round on the palate but there’s freshness as well. Tannins firm on the finish. On another day probably worth a higher score. Drink 2026 – 2034. 16+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL) "The 2019 Roc de Cambes is focused and intense on the nose with Japanese nori tinged black fruit, damp loamy soil and later, hints of violet and incense. The palate is very well balanced with supple tannins, supremely well judged acidity and an irresistible creamy texture that maintains tension on the finish. This is a sophisticated and very satisfying Roc de Cambes in the making. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Saintayme 75cl £125 per case of 12 Château Saintayme
2019 / / 75cl
£125 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFrom a single 9 hectare parcel of 35 year old vines, almost entirely Merlot with a very small proportion of Cabernet Franc. The wine will be aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. RKL “A red with lovely, juicy character and plenty of ripe fruit and chocolate undertones. It’s rich and layered. Flavorful. More concentration than the 2018. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com "Black chocolate, baked earth, liquorice root and silky smooth tannins greet you on the first attack of this wine. I've never found this the easiest to love of the Durantou range but it is strikingly successful in 2019. Silky and yet slatey in texture, this both eases you through the palate and pulls you up short, slowing things down. Sparks of fresh minerality accompany the pulsing blueberry and raspberry fruits, and the juicy finish makes this one to look out for. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
RED 2019 Château Sénéjac 75cl £125 per case of 12 Château Sénéjac
2019 / / 75cl
£125 per case of 12
IB
RED 2019 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 75cl £815 per case of 12 Château Smith Haut Lafitte
2019 / / 75cl
£815 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Smith Haut-Lafitte was cropped at 36hl/ha, undergoing manual pigeage and maturation in 60% new barrels for a planned 18 months. It has an intense, very pure bouquet with blackberry, briary and cherry compote and a hint of black olive tapenade in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins that frame the pure, mineral-infused black fruit. Undercurrents of graphite and black olive surface towards the complex finish that I feel is less opulent but maybe more sophisticated than recent vintages of this top performer. Very elegant and refined, this is an outstanding success for winemaker Fabien Teitgen and his team. Tasted twice including samples direct from the château. 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "The blend this year is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 17th of September to the 10th of October. The wine is aging in French oak barriques, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte is downright hedonic on the nose, rolling sensuously out of the glass with notions of warm cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with nuances of cinnamon toast, lilacs, camphor and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate juxtaposes remarkable energy and brightness with densely packed, rich, ripe black fruits, framed by wonderfully ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically invigorating freshness, finishing long with mineral-tinged fireworks. Stunning! 96-98+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 Château Talbot 75cl £420 per case of 12 Château Talbot
2019 / / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"A great St-Julien that reflects the estate more than the vintage - a definite compliment to the winemaking team as well as those 50-year-old (on average) vines that are less swayed by climatic changes. This is full of blackberry and bilberry, with a touch of tobacco on the nose. There's good sweetness to the fruit, and although it's not quite as punchy, deep or concentrated as some, this means that it has a beautifully balanced appellation signature. 45hl/ha yield. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2027-2040. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "St Julien's largest property at 110ha (up there with Lagrange if you're keeping track), this has lovely plump black fruits on the nose. Takes hold right from the start, with clear tannic build and a silky character to the tannins. This continues the run of good vintages that Talbot has been producing since 2016. Well balanced, with plenty of St Julien character. Tasted twice two weeks apart. Highest ever level of Cabernet Sauvignon at the estate. Harvest 19 September to 8 October. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2026 – 2040. 93 Points." Jane Anson, Decanter "A juicy, fruity wine with lots of blue fruit, blackberries and dark chocolate. Pretty depth and structure to this. Polished and structured at the same time. 94-95 points." jamessuckling.com "The 2019 Talbot has a very cohesive bouquet, "streamlined" being the operative word, before opening gradually to reveal a Pauillac-inspired aromatics, pencil shaving scents permeating the black fruit. Yet it is still unmistakably Talbot. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, creamy in texture with more depth in the middle than previous vintages (a shortcoming that, estate director Jean-Michel Laporte told me in the past he wants to address.) The great aspect of this Talbot is that it doesn't take its foot off the pedal on the finish, exerting impressive grip with that pencil lead lingering in the mouth. Superb. Expect this to land at the top of my banded score. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Château Tour Saint Christophe 75cl £275 per case of 12 Château Tour Saint Christophe
2019 / / 75cl
£275 per case of 12
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RED 2019 Château Troplong Mondot 75cl £760 per case of 12 Château Troplong Mondot
2019 / / 75cl
£760 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Troplong Mondot is a blend this year of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th to the 25th of September. The pH is 3.55—pretty incredible when you consider the alcohol is nearly 15%! I hasten to add that from tasting, I would have guessed this was 14.3% to 14.5% alcohol. It is the kind of wine with so much energy it practically does pirouettes on your palate. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose is fantastically floral, bursting from the glass with notes of candied violets, red roses and lavender over a core of plum preserves, wild blueberries and black raspberries with touches of garrigue, tilled soil, wild fungi and crushed rocks plus a waft of powdered cinnamon. The medium-bodied palate is like a tightly coiled spring, featuring beautifully knit layers of black and red fruits, earth and floral notes within a firm, fine-grained frame and bags of freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. This is a far cry from the old-school style of Troplong Mondot from a few years back, and it is incredibly impressive. This wine is aging in French oak barriques, some larger vats, and a small proportion is in amphorae. The oak portion is 60% new. 96-98 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "The 2019 Troplong Mondot is sensational. Rich, vibrant and explosive, the 2019 pulses with energy. Black cherry, violet plum, licorice, lavender and dark spice build in a statuesque Saint-Émilion endowed with tremendous energy and pure power. Troplong Mondot is not as obvious a wine as it was a few years ago, but its grandeur - and more importantly, the grandeur of this site - are evident. Troplong Mondot is a wine that simply can't be denied. The 2019 is aging in 60% new oak and 40% a combination of once-used barrels, foudres and amphora. Troplong Mondot has undergone a radical transformation since 2017 under the stewardship of Managing Director Aymeric de Gironde. Today, picking is earlier, there is greater focus on a parcel by parcel approach at harvest, no SO2 is used until barreling down, and for the first time, none of the malolactic fermentation was done in oak. Harvest took place from September 10 through October 7. De Gironde was among the managers who reported clusters of uneven ripeness, but added he is more comfortable with that than he might have been a few years ago, a way of thinking that is becoming more common in Bordeaux. In tasting, Troplong Mondot remains a big, broad-shouldered Saint-Émilion, but now it also has more energy and vibrancy than in the past. 96-98 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
RED 2019 1 case Château Valandraud 75cl £1,095 per case of 12 Château Valandraud
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,095 per case of 12
IB
RED 2019 Clos du Marquis 75cl £400 per case of 12 Clos du Marquis
2019 / / 75cl
£400 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Clos du Marquis is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot, harvested between the 21st of September and 9th of October. It is aging in French oak barriques, 50% new. The alcohol is 14.1% with a pH of 3.62 and an IPT of 79. Displaying a deep purple-black color, the nose is a little reticent to begin, but with just a little coaxing, it soon opens out to show off impressively flamboyant notes of blackberry preserves, baked plums and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of cinnamon toast, Darjeeling tea, licorice and camphor plus a hint of wilted roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate layers in all of these exciting mineral sparks with with the energetic, fresh black fruits, supported by rock-solid, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and earthy. This a very polished and sophisticated Clos du Marquis! 93-95 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com "The 2019 Clos du Marquis was picked from 21 September to 9 October and matured in 50% new oak. It has a deep and quite penetrating bouquet: blackberry, hoisin intermingling with cedar and light pencil shaving scents. It becomes noticeably richer with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that frame the vivid blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with orange sorbet. There is a citric freshness towards the end of this accomplished Clos du Marquis. Excellent. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Domaine de Cambes 75cl £185 per case of 6 Domaine de Cambes
2019 / / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes(80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc) | 100% new oak. Tremendous freshness to the red fruits on the nose with more black fruits on the palate. Velvet-textured, tasted after Le Tertre but not over-shadowed by it. Some very appealing toasted notes from the oak, but also some caramelised Maillard reaction notes, probably intentional, nevertheless all remarkably in balance. Quite unique. RKL "Fruit pushed to the edge of overripeness but it works. Bright, dark-fruit notes with toasted overlay. Palate sweet, silky and gourmand, bringing a freshness to the finish. Clearly surpasses its appellation status. Drink 2024 – 2030. 16 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)
RED 2019 Domaine de Chevalier 75cl £495 per case of 12 Domaine de Chevalier
2019 / / 75cl
£495 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The chocolate, walnut, dark-fruit and stone character is attractive. It’s full-bodied and very tight and linear with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of intensity and complexity here, as always. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2019 La Croix de Beaucaillou 75cl £338 per case of 12 La Croix de Beaucaillou
2019 / / 75cl
£338 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes“The 2019 La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou is endowed with a gorgeous, quite sumptuous bouquet loaded with black plum, tobacco, smoke and Earl Grey aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very pliant tannin, harmonious and velvety in texture, gradually building towards a detailed and mineral-driven finish. Maybe less opulent than the 2018 by comparison, yet a Deuxième Vin full of breeding. 94-96 Points." Neal Martin, Vinous
RED 2019 La Dame de Montrose 75cl £158 per case of 6 La Dame de Montrose
2019 / / 75cl
£158 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The Merlots were so good this year that most have gone into the first wine, giving this a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual and making it a serious Dame de Montrose, with clear ageing potential. Elegant and balanced, with purity and juicy black fruits. It has that savoury Cabernet quality which is very Médocain, this is absolutely one to look out for, packed with estate signature. 30% new oak. 43% of total production. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Lovely new label here also, with rose gold roses across it. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos 75cl £186 per case of 6 Les Pagodes de Cos
2019 / / 75cl
£186 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.03% alcohol) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, notions of wild blueberries, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly come bounding out of the glass, followed by a profound core of warm cassis, licorice and bouquet garni with a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with bright, expressive black and red fruit flavors, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a lingering spicy note. 92-94 points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate "This is really minerally and salty with spices, such as cloves. Full-bodied, yet tight and beautiful. Chewy, yet focused and bright. Very integrated. Hard not to drink. 94-95 points." James Suckling
RED 2019 Pichon Comtesse Reserve 75cl £336 per case of 12 Pichon Comtesse Reserve
2019 / / 75cl
£336 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"This is well structured and approaches 2010 in terms of its weight and depth of fruit. Deep spiced damson on the nose, you would be hard pressed not to say that this is as good as very many Cru Bourgeois 1st wines. Huge depth, similar to the 2018 but a little higher acidity, a little less round, a little more classic Pauillac in character. This is confident and serious with lots of tannins. A great 2nd wine, and a reminder of the consistently successful winemaking that is happening at this estate. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine “The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with fresh acidity, fine grain tannins, a touch of salinity developing towards the finish that has more grip than previous vintages. Superb. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Reserve de la Comtesse hits the ground running with aromas of warm black and red plums, stewed cherries and mulberries wafting out of the glass plus hints of spice cake, violets, bouquet garni and Ceylon tea. The medium to full-bodied palate appears a bit weightier than the grand vin, with more open-knit, richer fruit at this youthful stage, delivering a plush texture and plenty of freshness, finishing with lingering notes of plum preserves. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 Vieux Château Certan 75cl £540 per case of 3 Vieux Château Certan
2019 / / 75cl
£540 per case of 3
IB
RED 2019 Vieux Château Certan 75cl £1,060 per case of 6 Vieux Château Certan
2019 / / 75cl
£1,060 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A wonderful wine, great depth of black fruit but extremely balanced, lace and satin. The aromatics open up almost immediately to show raspberry and redcurrant fruits. It's extremely complete; but mainly it just makes you want to enjoy it - no aggression to these tannins. 66% new oak, all the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes are here (with the 2nd wine 100% Merlot), and it surely helps give this sapidity and flavoursome savoury character. 3.75pH. A yield of 42hl/ha, so a good quantity, around the same as in 2018. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "The 2019 Vieux Château Certan is deep in colour. It has a fabulous, very intense nose that explodes from the glass with billowing scents of black cherries, freshly shaved black truffles, raspberry and light rose petal aromas. The palate is so sensual and seductive on the entry, its creamy texture irresistible and completely disguising the structure underneath. Interestingly this VCC really comes into its own after 12-hours of opening, revealing more quintessential Pomerol characteristics and more grip on the finish. Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont fashioned a brilliant follow-up to the glorious 2018. 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "The nose is so beautiful, offering dried flowers, white pepper and other spices. Yet,there’s also bright, blue fruit. Tar, too. Love the depth of fruit here. The wine flows across the palate with so well integrated tannins. You just want to drink it. Glorious. The cabernet in this makes it almost Medoc-like. A blend of 78% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 7% cabernet sauvignon. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com "Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan slowly opens out to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of red roses, kirsch, black raspberries, violets and star anise over a powerful core of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries plus hints of cardamom, sandalwood and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly graceful, featuring tightly wound layers of crunchy blue and black fruits with tannins so ripe and finely grained, you really have to look for them. The acidity here is absolutely seamless, and the finish explodes into an array of mineral sparks. Be prepared to fall head over heals for this one. 97-100 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com

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Over twenty five-odd years of tasting and learning about Burgundy, we have invariably, and somewhat secretly, wished for just a touch more fruit concentration (rarely have we wished for less!) whilst prizing terroir, which gives the wines their unique identity. As a vintage, 2018 pushes at the boundaries of just how much concentration the red wines, in particular, can sustain, without losing their distinct character. The answer, it turns out, is quite a lot!

The journalists’ view is that this was ‘a vintage of extremes’. Some growers judged picking dates and vinification just right; others over-egged the Burgundian pudding. Most merchants will tell you that choosing the right wines from the right growers is key - more of which below. Our modest but growing list of domaines is already the result of very careful selection. Wine after wine we tasted had energy and freshness, with nothing but vibrant fruit. This vintage may not be about tension, but it certainly is about enjoyment. In that respect, it is tempting to draw comparisons with the generous 2015 vintage, but the ‘18s have far more structure and freshness. With their combination of opulence and energy, we think 2018 is a vintage not to be missed.

The majority of the wines we offer are from small, family-owned domaines, already acknowledged both in Burgundy and internationally, but which have not yet been caught up in the speculative price rises which affected a small, ‘elite’ group of growers. Above all, domaines like Borgeot, Michelot and Voillot makes wines for people who enjoy drinking burgundy.

That said, we believe that prices for names like rising-star Hudelot-Baillet, and more established ones such as Tortochot and Rossignol-Trapet, will increase steadily over the next decade. Each time we visit Beaune, the more we are struck by the enormous worldwide demand for good burgundy. We had a vivid reminder of this last autumn in Beaune, observing three young Singaporean wine collectors at our hotel, breakfasting at the table next to us, with a liberal selection of grands crus open before them! Prices for that elite club led by DRC may have dipped of late, but more generally we expect prices to rise over the next decade. Please let us know if would like advice on wines with investment potential.

One of the most exciting aspects of modern Burgundy, as showcased by this vintage, is the emergence of many more new, high-quality growers, Jeannin-Naltet in Mercurey being a great example. If it were possible to taste the current vintages of these wines alongside Cote d’Or wines of two decades ago, we suspect they would fare very well indeed, so much has the quality in Burgundy risen.

For those less certain of their tastes when it comes to Burgundy than, say, Bordeaux, we have compiled some recommended cellars at the end of this offer. A joy of Pinot Noir is how delicious it can be in the first few years after bottling, with a more developed style emerging after 3-7 years. Our cellar plans include whites and reds which can be enjoyed soon after landing (late autumn this year) alongside wines like Beaune premiers crus, which will still be drinking into the next century

 

A brief summary of the growing season

 

2018 has the potential to be ranked with the all-time great vintages. The warmest year since 2003, it was also very dry, with just 55% of average annual rainfall. 'Warm vintages harvested early' are nothing new in the last two decades in Burgundy, but this one had several distinct features which will make for great wines.

Despite the warm weather and low precipitation during the growing season, rainfall earlier in the winter meant that the vines started the year with excellent reserves of ground-water. This is a key difference to truly ‘hot’ vintages like 2003. The vines were able to manage the temperature and for the most-part avoid heat stress. The health of the crop was exceptionally good, with fewer issues with mildew or botrytis than in recent vintages. One of the few problems was uneven ripening, with some berries becoming ripe whilst others were still green. At Domaine Ferret in Pouilly-Fuissé, winemaker Audrey Braccini told us how she had some difficult discussions with her vineyard teams, who were eager to harvest early (to retain freshness). She had to stand firm and persuade them to delay, in the interests of even-ripeness levels across the harvest.

Flowering was early, and although the harvest began in August (even for some reds), the growing season was of normal length, allowing plenty of time for both physiological and phenolic (i.e. sugar and flavour) ripeness to develop. This early flowering could also have led to an overly-abundant crop, in turn reducing final concentration levels. Fortunately, rain after flowering damaged some of the infant bunches, reducing the size of the harvest. Abundant cropping also conspired to make this a very high-quality vintage, with the high yields helping to reduce any possible over-concentration in the fruit.

At harvest time, the health of the crop was exceptionally good, with fewer issues with mildew or botrytis than in recent vintages. One of the few problems was uneven ripening, with some berries becoming ripe whilst others were still green. At Domaine Ferret in Pouilly-Fuissé, winemaker Audrey Braccini told us how she had some difficult discussions with her vineyard teams, who were eager to harvest early (to retain freshness). She had to stand firm and persuade them to delay, in the interests of even-ripeness levels across the harvest. Audrey’s ‘war of nerves’ was experienced by many a grower across the region in 2018, and to a great extent, it was the decisions made at this point which determined outcomes.

 

In the winery & cellar

 

In the winery, some growers prevented or stopped the malolactic fermentation, to retain acidity. This might be concerning in any other year, but based on our initial tastings, the ripeness levels are such that the absence of ‘malo’ is a beautiful counterpoint to the ripe fruit. Whole bunch fermentation was widely used, and in greater percentages, with the green pyrazine compounds in the stalks being riper than in most years.

As good as the abundant white wine harvest is, it is the reds which will prove to be the greatest wines of 2018. Ripeness levels are superb, as is the tannic structure. Perhaps it is the quality of the fruit – pure, healthy and undamaged – which adds the impression of freshness, as the pH in these wines is not notably low. We found even the red grands crus easy to taste (usually the wines become more closed the higher you taste), so ripe were the tannins, making this one of the most pleasurable vintages to taste from the barrel that we can remember.

 

 

 

Latest Releases:

 

Domaine Alain Chavy, Puligny-Montrachet

A small 7 hectare domaine, with excellent holdings in Chevalier-Montrachet and the Folatieres, Champs Gains and Clavoillons climats.

Domaine Bachey-Legros

Owned by the same family for six generations, this 18 hectare domaine is based in Santenay and produces superb value reds.

Domaine Faiveley

In the past, Faiveley's style was 'firm', verging on austere.  The reds, in particular, needed long ageing, to soften the tannins.  Since Erwan Faiveley took over from his father in 2005 (becoming one of the youngest directors of a Burgundy domaine in the process) the style has softened and become more elegant.  It is a style which in our opinion is complimented wonderfully by the 2018 vintage, with its generous, concentrated fruit. 

Domaine J-A Ferret, Fuissé

Domaine Ferret is an established name in Fuissé but is also at the forefront of efforts to establish a classification system for the varied terroirs in the Pouilly-Fuisse appellation.  After meeting winemaker Audrey Braccini, we have a sense that Pouilly-Fuissé is entering a period of renaissance.

Domaine Hudelot-Baillet, Chambolle-Musigny

Dominique Leguen took over the winemaking at this domaine from his father-in-law, Joel Hudelot-Baillet, in 2004.  Described as a 'rising star' of the village, his wines are full of dark, voluptuous black fruits with the silky, creamy texture associated with Chambolle.

Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune

Having offered Burgundy en primeur from Domaine Louis Jadot for many years, we took the opportunity of visiting them last month.  The ostensible reason was to taste the excellent 2018 vintage, but this was also an opportunity to become better acquainted with the team there and to learn more about one of the most important producers in Burgundy....(read more)

Domaine Jeannin-Naltet, Mercurey

An up-and-coming 9 hectare estate in Mercurey, comprised principally of premier crus.

Domaine Michelot, Meursault

With around 19 hectares spread across Mersault, Nicholas Mestre's family domaine produces wines with great fruit purity and very little oak influence. 

Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin

Brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol make an exceptional range of Gevrey wines at this leading biodynamic domaine.

Domaine Joseph Voillot, Volnay 

A small, bright gem in Volnay, with holdings in neighbouring Pommard too.  Jean-Pierre Charlot is a winemaking mentor to many domaine owners in Burgundy, having taught at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune for many years.  His nephew Etienne Chaix has recently taken over as winemaker.  The wines are elegant and pure, almost - but not quite - to a fault.  

Domaine Tortochot, Gevrey-Chambertin

A family domaine established in the 19th century and still run by Chantal Tortochot.  The wines here are very classical with polished tannins. 

 

Other domaines we intend to offer (subject to allocations) include:

 

Côte de Nuits

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, Gevrey-Chambertin

Surely one of the most over-looked domaines, with more than half of their holdings rated Grand Cru.  Thanks to reviews from Neal Martin in recent years, they are becoming better known.  

 

Côte de Beaune

Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Pernand-Vergelesses

Famously producing only Grands Crus from Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, Bonneau du Martray was also a pioneer in biodynamics.  Bought in 2017 by the owner of (amongst other things) Arsenal Football Club.

Domaine Jean Pascal, Puligny-Montrachet

Described by one Burgundy expert as a 'peasant' domaine...meant politely and as a compliment ('paysanne').  The Pascals make superb, concentrated Puligny wines which are great value.  

Domaine Borgeot, Remigny

The Borgeot brothers have built their small domaine parcel by parcel, and it now includes excellent holdings in Santenay and Chassagne.

 

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