2019 Bordeaux EP | Pontet Canet kicks off

by Charles Lea


Vintage good to outstanding. Timing poor to appalling. Pricing might be interesting

We have already聽expressed our sympathy聽with the view that the interruption of the primeur tastings in Bordeaux should really have resulted in a radical rethink of the whole en primeur circus, which, in the last ten years, has become a selling opportunity for the Chateaux rather than a buying opportunity for the consumer. Nevertheless, wines are coming onto the market, and with at least some of our customers sensing that there might be a buying opportunity with price reductions mentioned, we are going to bring what information we have to you as we get it.

We will inevitably be relying on other commentators’ views, where available, to supplement our own tastings.

鈥2019 will be remembered as a 鈥渕ade-to-measure鈥 vintage for Grand Cru producers who were able to choose the ideal time to begin the harvest.”聽Ronan Laborde (President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and owner of Ch芒teau Clinet)

While we have tasted only a limited number of wines so far, we feel that if the rumours of lower prices are confirmed, there will be some we will be able to recommend. Have a look at our ‘recommended’ lists for our pick of the bunch.

Time will tell whether the release prices will really come down enough to make this an interesting exercise. We will try to give an honest assessment of both the quality聽and value聽of each release. You can follow all our thoughts in the聽L&S Release Reports聽archive.

For a quick check on what is happening on a daily basis, why not bookmark the聽鈥楻ecent Releases鈥聽page which will give you all the wines in release order.

PONTET CANET kicks off

Today鈥檚 release of Ch芒teau Pontet Canet at 拢366 per six bottles has certainly given lead. At a release price that is close to 31% down on the 2018, and a note from Jane Anson in Decanter (from her tasting at the Ch芒teau last week) that this is as 鈥an excellent Pontet, full of vigour‘, and giving it 96/100, it looks attractively priced compared to comparable vintages. It is apparently selling well in many markets.

Other releases of note to date:聽2019聽CH脗TEAU BEAUMONT, a reliable cellar-filler for a mere 拢102/doz in bond, Pierre Ta茂x’s聽2019聽CH脗TEAU LA MAURIANE聽at 拢145/doz in bond, by all accounts excelling in this vintage (even more than usual), and Jean-No毛l and Thomas Herv茅’s聽2019聽CH脗TEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE, one of our favourite Fronsacs, rated 鈥榖est-ever鈥 by James Suckling, at 拢170 / doz in bond.

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