2019 Bordeaux En Primeur
Having tasted a wide range of young, 2019 wines, sent directly from the châteaux, our selections have concentrated on those wines which are harmoniously ripe, have excellent potential, and have been released at sensible prices. There are many beautifully classic, stunning wines this year, which we most warmly recommend.
2019 was a sunny vintage for Bordeaux, with all the potential successes and challenges this brings. The wines that stood out from our tastings combine richness and superb depth of fruit with precision of structure, ample, harmonious tannins, and sufficient balancing acidity, bringing freshness. The best wines having energy, vibrancy and elegance. As always, when weighing up what to offer our customers, value for money plays an essential role. As a rule, prices have come down compared to the 2018s – some by as much as 30%. Without doubt, there are some good opportunities to be found this year, across all price levels.
2019 is a lovely vintage for the sweet wines of Sauternes, the wines being aromatically intense, combining wonderful, sumptuous sweetness and gorgeous freshness. We have selected two excellent sweet whites, starting at just £135.60 per case of 6, in bond.
The Growing Season
Mild temperatures at the beginning of spring 2019 led to early bud break (approx. 1 week earlier than the norm), although vegetative growth was slowed down by cool, rainy weather in April and May. Flowering took place in early June in similar, unsettled conditions, and was uneven in certain vineyards, thus reducing potential volumes. However, from mid-June onwards, hot, dry weather set in, but despite the high temperatures, the water accumulated in the soil during the spring meant that vine growth was not stunted and fruit-set was able to take place perfectly. Early summer heat was accompanied by exceptional sunshine: July 2019 was one of the three sunniest of the past 30 years. The warmth continued into August, with alternating periods of hot and cool weather, favouring the beginning of the ripening stage. The first half of September was particularly hot and dry, which led to fears of water stress, although rainfall from the 20th September onwards helped the Merlot grapes ripen completely. Subsequently, the Cabernets were harvested almost without interruption, in perfect condition.