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Bordeaux 2019 – The new 1982 ?

Two thousand and nineteen is a great vintage” Neal Martin, Vinous.

2019 is an outstanding vintage” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

2019 is unquestionably a great vintage for Bordeaux.” Jeb Dunnuck

There is no doubt 2019 is an outstanding vintage, clearly an important vintage.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2019 vintage in Bordeaux is now bottled and will be physically released over the next six months. The finished wines have not yet been reviewed by the critics and November 2021 saw the first major tasting of the vintage, with the “Union des Grands Crus” presenting over 100 wines in London. It was the first chance for the trade and press to look at the wines from bottle in a comprehensive tasting - and we are sure that there will be some extremely enthusiastic tasting notes published over the coming weeks and months.

The vintage was first tasted in difficult circumstances. With the pandemic making travel to Bordeaux impossible, samples were sent out around the world from the properties. The Farr Vintners team tasted them, socially distanced, in my garden in Wandsworth in May 2020. It is fair to say that we instantly loved them. But, despite having tasted Bordeaux en primeur since 1982, there was a question mark hanging over the vintage because we were trying these cask samples later in the year than usual and 500 miles away from where they had been drawn from their barrels. Were they really as good as we thought? Or, was our enthusiasm for them augmented just by the joy of finally being able to taste wines again together after months spent in lockdown?

Well, there is no doubt now. This is a truly exceptional vintage for all the regions of Bordeaux. It really delivers fabulous quality in all appellations and at all price levels. Some of us were lucky enough (and are old enough!) to have tasted the youthful 1982 vintage in 1984 and, for me, this is the obvious comparison. The wines of these two vintages have the remarkable attribute of being wonderfully ripe and approachable from the get go, yet they will age for decades. I suspect that like 1982 they will never have a “dumb” period as the sheer exuberance of the vintage will always shine out. Those with even longer experience talk about 2019 being the “Sixty Years On” version of the great 1959 vintage.

However, this is not a super-opulent “sexy” vintage like 2009, nor a massive blockbuster of a year like 2010. The wines are maybe less classically structured than 2016,  but they have a wonderful sense of freshness, elegance and harmony despite having impressive power, ripeness and strength. This is a rare vintage that is intense and complex yet beautifully smooth, and seductive. Right now the 2nd wines and less heralded names are already drop-dead gorgeous and I would be happy to glug these back tonight - even though I know that they will be even better in 5 or 10 years’ time. Of course the superstar names are breath-taking but in a vintage like this everything is great. Most of the younger members of the Farr Vintners team came away from this tasting convinced that 2019 is the best young vintage that they have ever tried.

Further great news for wine-lovers is that (because it was released at a time of global crisis) the prices were remarkably low. In most cases significantly lower than 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Amazingly, some of the wines are still available at around the opening prices. The likes of Cantemerle (surely the best vintage here since 1989?) La Lagune, Gloria and Lagrange can still be purchased for around half the price that you would pay for their 2009 or 2010. Once the news of the true greatness of the vintage is confirmed by the critics, we expect that prices will rise – but, for now, 2019 offers top quality at modest prices. Our up-to-date full list is available below.  Our recommendations - for what we consider to be the best wines for quality and value in 2019 from £13 to £100 per bottle - are highlighted.  These can be ordered by price by clicking on "Price IB" at the top of the price column. 

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2019Alter Ego de PalmerBT2 \ 024575.001294 JA2463.88888894.0094.00Alter Ego de Palmer0.7510
Bordeaux2019AngélusBT1 \ 0122,900.001296/98 NM12322.2222213333398.0096.00Angelus0.7510
Bordeaux2019Batailley RecommendedBT2 \ 024390.001294/96 NM2443.33333333333396.0094.00Batailley0.7510
Bordeaux2019Belair-MonangeBT2 \ 0241,260.001296/98 NM2414098.0096.00Belair Monange0.7510
Bordeaux2019Berliquet RecommendedBT30 \ 6 366420.001292+ TP36646.66666666666792.1092.10Berliquet0.7510
Bordeaux2019BeychevelleIM11650.00bt93/95 NM1108.3333333333395.0093.00Beychevelle610
Bordeaux2019Branaire Ducru RecommendedBT2 \ 024400.001294/96 NM2444.44444496.0094.00Branaire Ducru0.7510
Bordeaux2019Brane Cantenac NewBT22 \ 0 264575.001294/96 NM26463.88888896.0094.00Brane Cantenac0.7510
Bordeaux2019Brane CantenacIM22450.00bt94/96 NM27596.0094.00Brane Cantenac610
Bordeaux2019Calon SégurIM44980.00bt95/97 NM4163.3333333333397.0095.00Calon Segur610
Bordeaux2019CanonBT3 \ 0361,380.001297 TP36153.3333333333397.0097.00Canon0.7510
Bordeaux2019Cantemerle RecommendedBT55 \ 0 660215.001291/93 NM66023.88888893.0091.00Cantemerle0.7510
Bordeaux2019Cantemerle RecommendedNB11690.00bt91/93 NM14693.0091.00Cantemerle1510
Bordeaux2019Cantenac BrownBT15 \ 0 180360.001294/96 NM1804096.0094.00Cantenac Brown0.7510
Bordeaux2019Capbern NewBT5 \ 060185.001289/91 LPB6020.55555466666791.0089.00Capbern0.7510
Bordeaux2019CapbernMG4 \ 024195.00689/91 LPB2421.66666666666791.0089.00Capbern1.510
Bordeaux2019Carillon d'AngélusBT4 \ 048720.001293/95 JD488095.0093.00Carillon d'Angelus0.7510
Bordeaux2019Les Carmes Haut Brion NewBT1 \ 0121,450.001296 TP12161.1111106666796.0096.00Carmes Haut Brion0.7510
Bordeaux2019Chapelle d'AusoneBT2 \ 0241,450.001291/94 FV24161.1111106666794.0091.00Chapelle d'Ausone0.7510
Bordeaux2019Chasse SpleenBT4 \ 048240.001288/90 AG4826.66666666666790.0088.00Chasse Spleen0.7510
Bordeaux2019La Chenade RecommendedBT25 \ 0 300160.001291/93 NM30017.77777733333393.0091.00Chenade0.7510
Bordeaux2019Clarence Haut BrionBT5 \ 6661,150.001291/93 NM66127.7777773333393.0091.00Clarence Haut Brion0.7510
Bordeaux2019Clerc MilonBT2 \ 024680.001291/93 NM2475.55555466666793.0091.00Clerc Milon0.7510
Bordeaux2019ClinetBT1 \ 6181,080.001297/99 NM1812099.0097.00Clinet0.7510
Bordeaux2019Clos du MarquisBT5 \ 060420.001293/95 NM6046.66666666666795.0093.00Clos du Marquis0.7510
Bordeaux2019La ClotteBT1 \ 618590.001292/95 FV1865.55555466666795.0092.00Clotte0.7510
Bordeaux2019Connétable TalbotHV3 \ 072235.0024 7226.111109333333Connetable Talbot0.37510
Bordeaux2019Connétable TalbotBT99 \ 0 1188220.0012 118824.444444Connetable Talbot0.7510
Bordeaux2019Connétable TalbotMG1 \ 06235.006 626.111111333333Connetable Talbot1.510
Bordeaux2019La ConseillanteBT1 \ 0121,850.001297/99 NM12205.5555546666799.0097.00Conseillante0.7510
Bordeaux2019Cos d'EstournelMG1 \ 061,540.00696/98 NM6171.1111106666798.0096.00Cos d'Estournel1.510
Bordeaux2019Croix Ducru BeaucaillouBT20 \ 6 246340.001294/96 NM24637.77777733333396.0094.00Croix Ducru Beaucaillou0.7510
Bordeaux2019Les Cruzelles RecommendedBT50 \ 0 600215.001291/93 NM60023.88888893.0091.00Cruzelles0.7510
Bordeaux2019Dame de MontroseBT5 \ 060310.0012 6034.444444Dame de Montrose0.7510
Bordeaux2019Domaine de Chevalier RecommendedBT12 \ 0 144520.001294/96 NM14457.77777733333396.0094.00Domaine de Chevalier Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019Domaine de Chevalier RecommendedIM11440.00bt94/96 NM173.33333333333396.0094.00Domaine de Chevalier Rouge610
Bordeaux2019Ducru BeaucaillouBT18 \ 6 2221,680.001297/100 LPB222186.66666666667100.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou0.7510
Bordeaux2019Ducru BeaucaillouIM221,250.00bt97/100 LPB2208.33333333333100.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou610
Bordeaux2019Duhart Milon RothschildBT0 \ 66600.001293/95 NM666.66666666666795.0093.00Duhart Milon0.7510
Bordeaux2019Echo de Lynch BagesBT49 \ 10598300.001292+ TP59833.33333333333392.1092.10Echo de Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019L'Eglise ClinetMG1 \ 063,600.00698/100 LPB6400100.0098.00Eglise Clinet1.510
Bordeaux2019L'EvangileBT0 \ 661,720.001291/93 NM6191.11110493.0091.00Evangile0.7510
Bordeaux2019de FieuzalBT10 \ 0 120270.001291/93 NM1203093.0091.00Fieuzal Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019FigeacBT8 \ 0962,400.001298/100 LPB96266.66666666667100.0098.00Figeac0.7510
Bordeaux2019Figeac NewBT62 \ 0121,200.00698/100 LPB12266.66666666667100.0098.00Figeac0.7510
Bordeaux2019FigeacMC115,100.00bt98/100 LPB1283.33333333333100.0098.00Figeac1810
Bordeaux2019La Fleur Pétrus NewBT2 \ 0241,875.001294/96 NM24208.3333333333396.0094.00Fleur Petrus0.7510
Bordeaux2019FonbelBT5 \ 060160.001291/93 FV6017.77777733333393.0091.00Fonbel0.7510
Bordeaux2019Le GayBT5 \ 060800.001294/96 NM6088.88888896.0094.00Gay0.7510
Bordeaux2019GazinBT7 \ 084630.001295/97 NM847097.0095.00Gazin0.7510
Bordeaux2019Gloria RecommendedBT54 \ 0 648300.001293/95 NM64833.33333333333395.0093.00Gloria0.7510
Bordeaux2019Grand Puy DucasseBT21 \ 0 252285.001292/94 NM25231.66666666666794.0092.00Grand Puy Ducasse0.7510
Bordeaux2019Grand Puy LacosteHV128 \ 096310.001295/97 NM9668.88888897.0095.00Grand Puy Lacoste0.37510
Bordeaux2019Grand Puy Lacoste RecommendedBT5 \ 060570.001295/97 NM6063.33333333333397.0095.00Grand Puy Lacoste0.7510
Bordeaux2019Grand Puy LacosteBT647 \ 0 282285.00695/97 NM28263.33333333333397.0095.00Grand Puy Lacoste0.7510
Bordeaux2019Grand Puy LacosteIM22450.00bt95/97 NM27597.0095.00Grand Puy Lacoste610
Bordeaux2019La Gravette de CertanBT10 \ 0 120560.0012 12062.222222666667Gravette de Certan0.7510
Bordeaux2019Gruaud LaroseBT15 \ 6 186650.001294 TP18672.22222133333394.0094.00Gruaud Larose0.7510
Bordeaux2019Gruaud Larose NewMG5 \ 030665.00694 TP3073.88888866666794.0094.00Gruaud Larose1.510
Bordeaux2019Haut Bages LiberalBT8 \ 6102285.001295/96 JS10231.66666666666796.0095.00Haut Bages Liberal0.7510
Bordeaux2019Haut BatailleyBT5 \ 060420.001293/95 NM6046.66666666666795.0093.00Haut Batailley0.7510
Bordeaux2019Haut BrionBT5 \ 0605,300.001299/100 JS60588.888888100.0099.00Haut Brion0.7510
Bordeaux2019Haut BrionDM112,050.00bt99/100 JS1683.33333333333100.0099.00Haut Brion310
Bordeaux2019Haut BrionIM114,000.00bt99/100 JS1666.66666666667100.0099.00Haut Brion610
Bordeaux2019L'IfBT2 \ 0241,750.001296/97 JS24194.44444497.0096.00If0.7510
Bordeaux2019IssanBT11 \ 0 132450.001294/96+ LPB1325096.1094.00Issan0.7510
Bordeaux2019KirwanBT13 \ 0 156336.001291/93 NM15637.33333333333393.0091.00Kirwan0.7510
Bordeaux2019Labégorce RecommendedBT49 \ 0 588240.001293/95 NM58826.66666666666795.0093.00Labegorce0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lacoste BorieBT26 \ 0 312210.001291/93 NM31223.33333333333393.0091.00Lacoste Borie0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lafite RothschildBT5 \ 6667,950.001299/100 JS66883.33333333333100.0099.00Lafite0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lafite RothschildMG2 \ 3157,950.00699/100 JS15883.33333333333100.0099.00Lafite1.510
Bordeaux2019Lafon Rochet RecommendedBT68 \ 4 820340.001293/95 NM82037.77777733333395.0093.00Lafon Rochet0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lagrange RecommendedBT141 \ 6  1698370.001294/96 NM169841.11111066666796.0094.00Lagrange (St Julien)0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lagrange RecommendedBT653 \ 0 318185.00694/96 NM31841.11111066666796.0094.00Lagrange (St Julien)0.7510
Bordeaux2019La LaguneBT9 \ 0108320.001292/94 NM10835.55555466666794.0092.00Lagune0.7510
Bordeaux2019Langoa Barton RecommendedBT25 \ 0 300380.001293/95 NM30042.22222133333395.0093.00Langoa Barton0.7510
Bordeaux2019Langoa Barton RecommendedMG7 \ 042390.00693/95 NM4243.33333333333395.0093.00Langoa Barton1.510
Bordeaux2019LascombesBT25 \ 0 300535.0012 30059.444442666667Lascombes0.7510
Bordeaux2019Léoville PoyferréBT0 \ 66840.001296/98 NM693.33333333333398.0096.00Leoville Poyferre0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages Recommended NewBT33 \ 0 3961,140.001295/97 NM396126.6666666666797.0095.00Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages RecommendedBT61 \ 06570.00695/97 NM6126.6666666666797.0095.00Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019Madame de BeaucaillouBT10 \ 0 120150.001289/91 NM12016.66666666666791.0089.00Madame de Beaucaillou0.7510
Bordeaux2019Malartic LagravièreBT13 \ 6 162330.001294/96 NM16236.66666666666796.0094.00Malartic Lagraviere Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019Malescot Saint ExupéryBT3 \ 036480.001295/97 NM3653.33333333333397.0095.00Malescot Saint Exupery0.7510
Bordeaux2019MargauxBT1 \ 0126,300.001297/100 LPB12700100.0097.00Margaux0.7510
Bordeaux2019MeyneyBT13 \ 0 156225.001291/93 NM1562593.0091.00Meyney0.7510
Bordeaux2019MeyneyDM77140.00bt91/93 NM746.66666666666793.0091.00Meyney310
Bordeaux2019MeyneyIM22250.00bt91/93 NM241.66666666666793.0091.00Meyney610
Bordeaux2019Montlandrie RecommendedBT25 \ 9 309160.001292/94 NM30917.77777733333394.0092.00Montlandrie0.7510
Bordeaux2019MontlandrieMG16 \ 0 96175.00692/94 NM9619.44444494.0092.00Montlandrie1.510
Bordeaux2019MontlandrieDM222290.00bt92/94 NM223094.0092.00Montlandrie310
Bordeaux2019Montrose NewBT5 \ 0601,440.001298 JA6016098.0098.00Montrose0.7510
Bordeaux2019MontroseMC113,200.00bt98 JA1177.7777777777898.0098.00Montrose1810
Bordeaux2019Moulin Saint GeorgesBT5 \ 060265.001291/94 FV6029.44444494.0091.00Moulin Saint Georges0.7510
Bordeaux2019Mouton RothschildBT4 \ 0486,300.001298/100 LPB48700100.0098.00Mouton Rothschild0.7510
Bordeaux2019Mouton RothschildMG1 \ 066,400.00698/100 LPB6711.11111066667100.0098.00Mouton Rothschild1.510
Bordeaux2019Ormes de PezBT52 \ 0 624210.001292/94 NM62423.33333333333394.0092.00Ormes de Pez0.7510
Bordeaux2019Les Pagodes de CosBT5 \ 060372.001292/94 NM6041.33333333333394.0092.00Pagodes de Cos0.7510
Bordeaux2019PalmerDM11950.00bt98 JA1316.6666666666798.0098.00Palmer310
Bordeaux2019Pape Clément RecommendedBT20 \ 10250725.001296/98 NM25080.55555466666798.0096.00Pape Clement Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019PavieBT5 \ 0602,800.001297/100 LPB60311.111104100.0097.00Pavie0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pavie NewMG2 \ 0122,900.00697/100 LPB12322.22222866667100.0097.00Pavie1.510
Bordeaux2019Pavie NewDM331,050.00bt97/100 LPB3350100.0097.00Pavie310
Bordeaux2019Pavie NewIM332,100.00bt97/100 LPB3350100.0097.00Pavie610
Bordeaux2019Pavie Macquin NewBT4 \ 654630.001295/97 NM547097.0095.00Pavie Macquin0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pavillon Rouge du Château MargauxBT2 \ 0241,600.001291/93 NM24177.7777773333393.0091.00Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux0.7510
Bordeaux2019Les Pensées de LafleurBT1 \ 0121,800.0012 12200Pensees de Lafleur0.7510
Bordeaux2019Perrieres de LafleurBT2 \ 024530.0012 2458.888888Perrieres de Lafleur0.7510
Bordeaux2019Petit Figeac (2nd wine of Figeac) NewBT2 \ 024420.0012 2446.666666666667Petit Figeac (2nd wine of Figeac)0.7510
Bordeaux2019Le Petit MoutonBT2 \ 0242,500.0012 24277.77777733333Petit Mouton0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pichon Baron Recommended NewBT13 \ 0 1561,400.001297/100 LPB156155.55555466667100.0097.00Pichon Baron0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pichon BaronIM221,050.00bt97/100 LPB2175100.0097.00Pichon Baron610
Bordeaux2019Pichon Comtesse ReserveBT17 \ 0 204340.001292/94 NM20437.77777733333394.0092.00Pichon Comtesse Reserve0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pichon Comtesse ReserveIM33320.00bt92/94 NM353.33333333333394.0092.00Pichon Comtesse Reserve610
Bordeaux2019Pichon Lalande NewBT5 \ 0602,150.001298/100 NM60238.888888100.0098.00Pichon Lalande0.7510
Bordeaux2019Le PinBT1332,500.00bt96/98 FV33333.333333333398.0096.00Pin0.7510
Bordeaux2019Le PinMG1115,500.00bt96/98 FV13666.666666666798.0096.00Pin1.510
Bordeaux2019Le PinDM1112,000.00bt96/98 FV1400098.0096.00Pin310
Bordeaux2019Pontet CanetIM33870.00bt98/100 LPB3145100.0098.00Pontet Canet610
Bordeaux2019Pontet CanetMC222,600.00bt98/100 LPB2144.44444444444100.0098.00Pontet Canet1810
Bordeaux2019PotensacBT25 \ 0 300189.001290/92 NM3002192.0090.00Potensac0.7510
Bordeaux2019Prieuré LichineBT3 \ 036300.001293/94 JS3633.33333333333394.0093.00Prieure Lichine0.7510
Bordeaux2019Quinault l'EnclosBT10 \ 0 120300.001290/93 FV12033.33333333333393.0090.00Quinault l'Enclos0.7510
Bordeaux2019QuintusBT2 \ 024800.00
650.00
1294/96 NM2472.22222133333396.0094.00Quintus0.7510
Bordeaux2019Rauzan Ségla NewBT2 \ 024960.001296+ TP24106.6666666666796.1096.10Rauzan Segla0.7510
Bordeaux2019Roc de CambesBT7 \ 084520.001292/94 NM8457.77777733333394.0092.00Roc de Cambes0.7510
Bordeaux2019RougetBT2 \ 024360.001292/94+ LPB244094.1092.00Rouget0.7510
Bordeaux2019Saint Pierre RecommendedBT48 \ 0 576420.001294/96 NM57646.66666666666796.0094.00Saint Pierre0.7510
Bordeaux2019Saintayme/Saintem RecommendedBT6 \ 981125.001290/92 NM8113.88888892.0090.00Saintayme/Saintem0.7510
Bordeaux2019Saintayme/SaintemMG2 \ 012140.00690/92 NM1215.55555533333392.0090.00Saintayme/Saintem1.510
Bordeaux2019Sarget de Gruaud Larose NewBT23 \ 0 276210.0012 27623.333333333333Sarget de Gruaud Larose0.7510
Bordeaux2019Siran Recommended NewBT34 \ 0 408240.001293/95 NM40826.66666666666795.0093.00Siran0.7510
Bordeaux2019SiranIM22290.00bt93/95 NM248.33333333333395.0093.00Siran610
Bordeaux2019Smith Haut LafitteBT16 \ 6 198880.001296/98 NM19897.77777733333398.0096.00Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019TalbotBT83 \ 6 1002480.001293/95 NM100253.33333333333395.0093.00Talbot0.7510
Bordeaux2019Tertre Rôteboeuf NewBT2 \ 0241,650.001295/97 NM24183.3333333333397.0095.00Tertre Roteboeuf0.7510
Bordeaux2019Tour Saint Christophe RecommendedBT42 \ 0 504276.001294/96 NM50430.66666666666796.0094.00Tour St Christophe0.7510
Bordeaux2019Troplong Mondot RecommendedBT22 \ 6 270790.001295/97 NM27087.77777733333397.0095.00Troplong Mondot0.7510
Bordeaux2019Troplong Mondot RecommendedBT62 \ 012395.00695/97 NM1287.77777733333397.0095.00Troplong Mondot0.7510
Bordeaux2019TrottevieilleBT2 \ 024600.001293/95 NM2466.66666666666795.0093.00Trottevieille0.7510
Bordeaux2019Vieux Château CertanBT5 \ 6662,800.001297/100 LPB66311.11111066667100.0097.00Vieux Chateau Certan0.7510
Bordeaux2019La VioletteBT1 \ 0122,500.001295/97 NM12277.7777706666797.0095.00Violette0.7510
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