'Vintage Good to Outstanding. Timing Poor to Appalling'

We have already expressed our sympathy 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.

But as other commentators have said, the tasting process is compromised, and we will inevitably be relying on other commentators views.

“2019 will be remembered as a “made-to-measure” vintage for Grand Cru producers who were able to choose the ideal time to begin the harvest." Ronan Laborde (President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and owner of Château 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 give an honest assessment of both the quality and value of each release. You can follow all our thoughts in the L&S Release Reports archive.

We hope you enjoy the campaign.

Best wishes,
The Lea & Sandeman Team

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