Primeurs 2019

Thanks to the excellent relations with the chateaus in Bordeaux, CWW wine expert and advisory board member Markus Del Monego was able to taste a small part of the new Bordeaux vintage 2019 in advance. You can read the exciting results including a first assessment of the Bordeaux 2019 vintage exclusively here:

Tasting Primeurs Bordeaux 2019
Place Essen
Date März und April 2020, ebenfalls veröffentlicht auf https://tastingbook.com
Taster Markus Del Monego MW
Type Blind Tasting


Primeurs in difficult times

When I was visiting Bordeaux early March, Corona was a threat on the horizon and France has been more concerned by a strike of the air traffic control. However, I was travelling to Bordeaux and had the chance to get some first insights to the 2019 vintage. I was very much looking forward to the “en primeur tastings” which were scheduled for March 26, 2020 but the tastings were cancelled mid-March. Immediately I contacted the different associations and wineries in Bordeaux and asked for samples. The result was a small number of wines which arrived in Essen before the shutdown of France made shipments rather complicated. These first samples of the vintage 2019 were tasted under pristine conditions to assure a fair and equal assessment of all qualities. In fact, the samples proved right the opinion of some of Bordeaux’ leading figures. Bruno-Eugène Borie from Château Ducru-Beaucaillou sees 2019 in a line with the excellent vintages of 2016, 2010, 2009 und 2005. Henri Lurton talks about his best vintage, along with 2016, he has ever vinified at Château Brane-Cantenac. Philippe Dhalluin from Château Mouton-Rothschild asses the vintage as rich and abundant in quality and in quantity. After some smaller crops they came back to an average production. Emmanuel Cruse from Château d’Issan sees that 2019 has a lot in common with 2016 yet preserving more freshness. It is a very good vintage but appearing at a very difficult time on the market.

In fact, the start of this vintage was very positive. Enough precipitations during winter were retained by soils like chalk and clay. Vineyards on these water retaining soils had a huge advantage in the future growing period. With exception of a wet June, the vintage has taken advantage of a rather dry climatic condition, which prevented diseases in the vineyards to a huge extend. No chance for powdery or downy mildew. Even the heat waves were not really harming the vines as rain set in, always at the last moment but still early enough to prevent massive water stress and a slow-down of the maturity. The late physiological maturity brought a lot of alcohol, but the wines show more freshness as in the previous years. Fabien Teitgen, Winemaker of Smith-Haut-Lafitte relates this freshness to the good acidity “due to cool night temperatures during the ripening period”. This fact is also good news for white wines. „They are the big surprise “, says Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier. At Château Coutet in Barsac, Philippe and Aline Baly were harvesting in three passes with a total of 19 harvesting days. They judge the conditions as rather ideal: “These climatic conditions have generated a harvest whose quality is indisputably present.”

Unfortunately, 2019 arrives in a tough time, the Corona virus puts the world in fear and makes trade more and more difficult. Trade barriers and new customs duties create a challenging frame for this vintage. However, we should not forget one thing: there are wonderful 2019s waiting for us, wines with ageing potential and charm which will survive every crisis.

Vintage Château Appellation Rating Tasting Notes
2019 "B", Château Bastor-Lamontagne Bordeaux Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with aromatic character, reminiscent of grapefruit peel, ripe apricots, Buxus and white blossoms. On the palate well structured with crisp acidity, fresh citrus fruit and hints of lemon peel, very good length. A very appealing, crisp white Bordeaux.
2019 Absolu, Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Very dense and concentrated wine with intense purple colour, violet hue and black core. Very powerful nose with distinct dark stone fruit, sweet elderberries, ripe plums and hints of gingerbread spices, discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with good extraction, depth and length, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit, hints of toasting flavour and mild spices in the aftertaste. ilden Gewürzen im Nachgeschmack.
2019 Balthus Bordeaux Supérieur 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose displaying fragrant fruit and fine flowery components. Initially slightly closed the wine opens up very will with some oxygen. On the palate On the palate concentrated, with rich fruit, firm tannins, succulent fruit and discreet spiciness. The relatively intense extraction is well handled, freshness prevailing in the finish.
2019 Baron de Brane (Château Brane-Cantenac, 2nd wine) Margaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Pleasant nose with ripe fruit, mulberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, discreet hint of mild spices, a discreet touch of toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, wonderfull freshness and lingering fruit in the aftertaste.
2019 Carat de Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very concentrated nose with slightly closed character initially. Blackcurrants, dark berries and slightly roasted aroma in the background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and elegant spiciness. A wine with convincing length and depth.
2019 Château Badette Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with hints of flint stone, graphite, blackberries and violets. On the palate well structured and balanced with freshness and depth, fine tannins, ripe fruit and convincing length.
2019 Château Balestard La Tonnelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose with ripe berries, blackcurrant leaf, stewed black cherries, hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe and juicy fruit, firm tannins, elegant body with convincing length.
2019 Château Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes 93 Bright yellow colour with golden hue. Expressive nose with typical botrytis influence and an aroma reminiscent of dried apricots, peach jam, stewed pineapple, with hints of mango and vanilla in the background. On the palate opulent sweetness balanced by elegant acidity, aromatic finish with very convincing length, good structure, balance and depth. A rather sophisticated Sauternes.
2019 Château Béchereau Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very closed nose, restrained fruit, opens up very slowly. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins and charming fruit, good aromatic length.
2019 Château Bechereau "Couleur Malbec" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich and aromatic nose displaying freshly ground coffee, smoky touch, graphite, backed by ripe dark stone fruit. On the palate opulent yet elegant with freshness, succulent fruit and excellent length. A wonderful, refined wine.
2019 Château Bertineau Saint-Vincent Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Closed nose, displaying slowly some berry fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins and good aromatic length.
2019 Château Bibian Haut-Médoc 89 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fine aroma reminiscent of dark berries and liquorice, vanilla and mild spices. On the palate well structured with good balance, ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth.
2019 Château Bois Pertuis Bordeaux 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with concentrated fruit, ripe blackberries, hints of blackcurrants and black cherries, discreet spiciness and a hint of vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit and good balance. A medium bodied wine with pleasant length.
2019 Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Very expressice fruit, ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and sweet plums. Discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe and juciy fruit, mature tannins, very pleaseant with excellent fruit in the finish, well structured medium length.
2019 Château Bournac Médoc 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of violet and blackberries, crushed berries and hints of smoke in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit, elegant finish with freshness.
2019 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux 96 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core.Initially quite closed, with some oxygen the nose opens up very well dipslaying fragrant fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, sweet elderberries, crushed black cherries and mild spices. Fine toasting aroma in the background, elegant gingerbread spices and a touch of vanilla complementing the fruit. On the palate excellent depth and length with great freshness and multilayered fruit. A gorgeaous yet particularly elegant and refined Brane-Cantenac with a promising potential.
2019 Château Cantin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Rich and concentrated nose with expressive fruit reminiscent of black cherries, sweet elderberries and blackberry jam. In the background fine toasting aroma and vanilla, mild spices and an almost flowery touch. On the palate well structured and balanced with freshness, firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit and discreet spicy flavour, very savoury character and convincing aromatic length.
2019 Château Cap de Mourlin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct toasting aroma, backed by mild spices and dark berries. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth.
2019 Château Cap Léon Veyrin Listrac 90 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very typical nose with ripe blackcurrants and hints of blackcurrant blossoms, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate juicy and fresh with fine fruit and discreet spiciness, medium bodied with very good length.
2019 Château Carteau (Côtes Daugay) Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe berry fruit, subtle oak, discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured with juicy fruit, ripe yet firm tannins and good length.
2019 Château Cartillon Haut-Médoc 89 Purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Lovely nose with fragrant fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, fresh blackcurrant, mulberries in the background, elegant hints of vanilla and toasting aroma. On the palate rich and well structured with ripe tannins, fine acidity adding freshness and good aromatic length with lingering fruit and toasting flavour.
2019 Château Certan de May de Certan Pomerol 94+ Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Powerful nose with distinct toasting aroma, graphite and hints of exotic spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, good structure, depth and length, very classic style maintaining a certain freshness.
2019 Château Cissac Haut-Médoc 92 Purple red with violet hue and black core. Very expressive nose with distinct fruit character, ripe elderberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, elegant yet discreet toasting aroma, with a fine scent of mild spices in the backtround. On the rich yet well structured with freshness and ripe tannins, excellent fruit, discreet spiciness, complex approach with a wonderful length. A noteworthy wine in a remarkable vintage, slightly more classic in style than 2018.
2019 Château Clos des Princes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of violets in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character, ripe yet firm tannins and good finish.
2019 Château Clos Dubreuil Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of violets in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character, ripe yet firm tannins and good finish.
2019 Château Coudert Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense nose reminiscent of stewed blackcurrants, blackberries and mild spices. On the palate stewed fruit again, well balanced with well structured tannins, good length.
2019 Château Couhins-Lurton Pessac-Léognan 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Ripe nose with elegant character and fragrant fruit, blackcurrants and sweet elderberries. Hints of vanilla and toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well balanced and structured with silky tannins, ripe and juicy fruit, elegant finish with freshness and convincing length.
2019 Château Couhins-Lurton Pessac-Léognan Blanc 94 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very elegant yet expressive nose with juicy fruit. Fresh peaches, juicy apricots, ripe lime and lemon zest, broom and white blossoms. On the palate crisp acidity, excellent flavour repeating the aroma of the nose, freshness and minerality, excellent aromatic length.
2019 Château Croix Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with ripe fruit, e.g. plums, black cherries and blackberries. Elegant toasting aroma in the background reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, sweet fruit, discreet spiciness and good length.
2019 Château Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 A rich yet elegant wine with dark purple colour, violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with multilayered aroma reminsicent of ripe dark berries, elegant toasting, balmy character with hints of tobacco leaf, vanilla and gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate well structured with concentrated characer, distinct freshness, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and convincing length.
2019 Château Dalem Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense nose with ripe fruit, balmy spices and discreet minerality. On the palate well balanced character with freshness, ripe fruit, mature tannins, excellent aromatic depth and length. Very convincing example.
2019 Château Dassault Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93+ Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with intense fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants, in the background fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with balance and depth, ripe tannins and multi-layered fruit. A Cru Classé with convincing length.
2019 Château de France Pessac-Léognan 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, hints of graphite and almost smoky toasting aroma, discreet touch of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and very good length.
2019 Château de France Pessac-Léognan Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with golden hue. Refined nose with restrained fruit, hints of apricots, peaches and grapefruit peel, on the palate juicy and well structured with good fruit, good aromatic length and wonderful freshness.
2019 Château de la Dauphine Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Crushed blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries, elegant toasting aroma, supported by mild spices. On the palate medium bodied with good structure and length, ripe yet firm tannins.
2019 Château de Lamarque Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Slowly opening nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries and mulberries, sweet elderberries, backed by nice toasting aroma, vanilla and gingerbread spices. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit, restrained spiciness and good length.
2019 Château de Laussac Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with slightly smoky character, ripe dark berries and dark stone fruit, hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins, slightly smoky finish with good length.
2019 Château de Laussac "Cuvée Sacha" Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured nose with ripe fruits reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of mulberries. Spicy touches and a hint of graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe blackcurrants, hints of blackcurrant leaf, ripe yet firm tannins and good length.
2019 Château de Sales Pomerol 93+ Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fragrant nose with aroma reminsicent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, juicy mulberries and a discreet flowery touch in the background. Wonderful spiciness with hints of vanilla and gingerbread. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe yet firm tannins, exemplary freshness, fine minerality, juicy fruit and hints of liquorice and flowery tones in the background.
2019 Château de Viaud Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose with ripe berries and hints of iodine minerality, in the background black cherries and hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth.
2019 Château des Laurets Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit in combination with hints of mild spices, on the palate opulent and well balanced with convincing structure and length. Juicy fruit in combination with firm tannins.
2019 Château des Laurets "Baron Edmond" Sélection Parcellaire Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit, stewed berries and marinated plums, black cherries in the background. Mild spices, elegant roasting aroma. On the palate juicy berries, firm tannins, a touch of sweet fruit, well structured with good length.
2019 Château Destieux Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with rich character, quite powerful approach, concentrated fruit, which continues on the palate and balances the firm tannic structure. Full-bodied with good length.
2019 Château d'Issan Margaux 95+ Very intense purple red with violet hue. Classy nose with fragrant fruit, juicy mulberries, ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, genteel hints of red berries in the background. Noble toasting aroma and hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, blackberrie and hints of blackcurrants. Silky tannins, great freshness, depth and length. A wonderful wine with excellent tension.
2019 Château du Bois Chantant "cuvée Laurence H" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackcurrants, ripe mulberries and sweet elderberries, mild spices in the background, hints of vanilla and discreet toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm tannins balanced by juicy fruit, elegant spiciness in the aftertaste, medium bodied with good length.
2019 Château Dubois-Grimont Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 88 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose initially slightly closed, displaying mild gingerbread spices, ripe berries and hints of cold smoke. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and good length.
2019 Château Ducluzeaux Listrac 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fine nose with elegant dark berry fruit, hints of vanilla and mild spices in the background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and hints of mild spices. A mouth-watering wine with freshness and good length.
2019 Château Escot Médoc 87 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Refined nose with blackcurrants and blackberries, discreet and almost smoky spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and good length.
2019 Château Faizeau Montagne-Saint-Emilion 88 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. More open on the palate with firm tannins balanced by juicy ripe berries and hints of mild spices, good aromatic length.
2019 Château Faurie de Souchard Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Intense nose reminiscent of fresh blackcurrants, dark forest berries, vanilla and discreet toasting hints. On the palate very elegant, juicy fruit, very refined character with excellent length and aromatic depth, freshness and promising potential.
2019 Château Fleur Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with intense aroma reminiscent of mocha, dark chocolate, blackberries and sweet elderberries, on the palate wonderful balance, aromatic depth, ripe tannins, excellent length. A wonderful wine with complexity and class.
2019 Château Fonbadet Pauillac 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct berry fruit, fine toasting aroma and elegant spiciness in the background. On the palate distinct toasting flavour, rich fruit, powerful yet elegant with very good length.
2019 Château Fonréaud Listrac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with complex approach, blackberries and blackcurrants, ripe black cherries and hints of elderberries in the background. Fragrant flowery components and elegant hints of vanilla in combination with distinct toasting aroma. On the palate opulent taste with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy and multi-layered fruit, wonderful toasting flavour and hints of gingerbread spies, excellent wine with freshness and convincing length.
2019 Château Fontenil Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with wonderful fruit, layers of dark berries and dark stone fruit, hints of mild spices and very elegant toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with depth and length, silky tannins, juicy fruit and a wonderful lingering finish.
2019 Château Franc Pipeau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct toasting aroma, blackcurrants and blackberries. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character and ripe yet firm tannins, a convincing wine with good length.
2019 Château Gracia Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured and concentrated nose, aromatically dense yet closed. On the palate well structured with firm tannins and ripe fruit in the background. Powerful character with good length.
2019 Château Grand-Pontet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Pleasant nose with subtle oak and ripe fruit, blackberries, mulberries and hints of sweet elderberries. Slightly flowery hints in the background. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, wonderful freshness and very good tannins, convincing length, very appealing aftertaste.
2019 Château Haut l'Abeille "Premium" Bordeaux Blanc 90 Bright straw yellow colour. Ethereal nose with aroma reminiscent of pineapple, peaches and grapefruit peel. Hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, succulent fruit, hints of toasting aroma and mild spices in the background. Lingering fruit in the aftertaste.
2019 Château Kirwan Margaux 94 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with distinct fruit, blackberries, ripe blackcurrants, juicy plums and sweet elderberries. In the background discreet hints of vanilla and toasting aroma. On the palate very elegant with juicy fruit, repeating the aromt of the nose. Well balanced with ripe tannins, freshness and convincing length.
2019 Château La Bastienne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with fine fruit, blackberries, mulberries and hints of ripe plums, decent roasting aroma, mild gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate elegant with freshness, ripe fruit, firm tannins and good length.
2019 Château La Chandellière Médoc 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fine fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, fine toasting aroma, hints of white blossoms in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, good aromatic length and lingering fruit in the aftertaste.
2019 Château La Clémence Pomerol 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with slightly restrained fruit and balmy hints in the background. On the palate rich and well structured with mature tannins, ripe fruit and convincing length.
2019 Château La Couronne "Réserve" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe fruit, fresh berries and dark stone fruit, hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit, balanced tannins and a very fresh finish.
2019 Château La Dominique Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Powerful yet elegant, dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, ripe blackberries, blackcurrant jelly, flowery hints in the background. On the palate On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, ripe tannins, great freshness and aromatic length, a great wine for its vintage.
2019 Château La Fleur Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries and plums, hints of mild spices and dark chocolate in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, repeating the flavour of the nose, elegant spiciness, ripe yet firm tannins and convincing length. A wine with depth and freshness.
2019 Château La Fleur d'Arthus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries and mulberries, discreet spiciness in the background, slight toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with freshness, juicy fruit, well balanced with good length and promising potential.
2019 Château la Fortune Margaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent wine with closed character, needs time to open up, restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate freshness and juicy character, well structured with good length. A promising Margaux.
2019 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense fruit reminiscent of dark berries, juicy plums and cherries, fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate quite powerful and expressive, well structured with mature tannins and ripe fruit. A very fine example with very good length.
2019 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan Blanc 91 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with ripe fruit aroma reminiscent of juicy peaches, ripe pineapple, grapefruit zest, fresh lime in the background as well as white blossoms. On the palate well balanced with ripe citrus fruit and peaches, crisp acidity, elegant and almost salty minerality, very good length.
2019 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose, slightly closed, with restrained fruit. Ripe blackberries and aromatic cherries. Hints of vanilla and mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured with aromatic depth and length, ripe tannins and multi-layered fruit in the finish.
2019 Château La Voûte Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of dark berries, dark chocolate and incense. On the palate juicy fruit, flavourful spiciness, good structure and length, ripe tannins, overall very opulent yet fresh character.
2019 Château Lafitte Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very open nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries and sweet elderberries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, elegant fruit, pleasant in the finish with a certain depth.
2019 Château Lafleur de Viaud Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with ripe blackberries and hints of forest berry jam, discreet spiciness. Great elegance on the palate, juicy fruit, ripe and almost silky tannins, well made with convincing length.
2019 Château Lagarosse "Cuvée les Comtes" Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very concentrated yet closed nose, opens up very slowly, ripe berries, mild spices and a touch of smoke in the background. On the palate well structured with quite opulent taste, intense fruit, smoky and roasted touches, well balanced with ripe tannins and very convincing length.
2019 Château Laroze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose reminiscent of ripe blackberries, black cherries, Meringue, vanilla and mild spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and convincing length.
2019 Château Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of balmy spices, crushed dark berries and elegant roasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit, opulent character with good length.
2019 Château Le Crock Saint-Estèphe 91 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with ripe fruit, hints of toasting aroma, graphite and subtle oak. On the palate very elegant with ripe tannins, fine acidity, juicy fruit and lingering spiciness in the aftertaste.
2019 Château Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien 97 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Sophisticated aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants, sweet elderberries, vanilla, balmy spices, hints of toasted oak in the background. On the palate excellent style with great purity and elegance, freshness and complexity. A gorgeous wine with excellent tension on the palate, a real character.
2019 Château Leroy-Beauval Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. An excellent nose with intense fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and mulberries, ripe black cherries in the background, discreet toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate concentrated and rich yet fresh with juicy fruit, ripe yet firm tannins and convincing length.
2019 Château Les Trois Croix Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with mild gingerbread spices, ripe berries and juicy cherries, wonderful balmy components in the background. On the palate well structured with excellent tannins, fine acidity, great freshness and elegance, supported by juicy fruit. A wine with depth and length.
2019 Château Lestage Listrac 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of smoke, a distinct oak expression, backed by juicy fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants, ripe black cherries and sweet elderberries. The opulence continues on the palate however tamed by fine acidity which adds a lot of freshness, a wine with depth and aromatic length promising an excellent evolution in the future.
2019 Château Lestage-Simon Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured but slightly closed nose, restrained fruit reminiscent of dark berries and ripe plums, elegant spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and restrained spiciness. A quite promising wine with good length.
2019 Château Madran Bordeaux 87 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Ripe nose with juicy fruit, black cherries, blackberries and sweet plums, discreet spiciness, on the palate stewed fruit, well balanced with ripe tannins, hints of mild spices in the background, medium bodied with rather good length. A pleasant wine with charming fruit.
2019 Château Madran "Cuvée Prestige" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose, ripe dark berries and juicy plus, discreet hints of vanilla and mild spices. On the palate juicy fruit, well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, well structured with good aromatic length.
2019 Château Marojallia Margaux 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Refined nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness, very elegant approach yet displaying a certain persistence. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins, ripe fruit and discreet spiciness, hints of minerality in the aftertaste. A wine with freshness, aromatic depth and length.
2019 Château Monolithe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose, rich character, yet very closed. On the palate well structured with firm tannins and balancing fruit, rather good length.
2019 Château Montaiguillon Montagne-Saint-Emilion 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Slightly closed character, discreet fruit. On the palate well structured with distinct tannins, backed by juicy fruit. Medium bodied with rather good length.
2019 Château Montlisse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Expressive nose with distinct aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasting aroma, opulent berry fruit and ripe black cherries. On the palate rich and powerful with firm tannins, good structured, weight and length.
2019 Château Mont-Pérat Bordeaux 87 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with distinct oak influence, backed by dark berries and hints of gingerbread spices. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins, medium bodied with good length.
2019 Château Mont-Pérat Bordeaux Blanc 87 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very aromatic nose with intense aroma of fresh peaches, tinned peaches and lime zest, grapefruit peel in the background. On the palate intense peach flavour, lemon zest and hints of tangerine, medium bodied with medium length. A very pleasant white Bordeaux.
2019 Château Moulin du Cadet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92+ Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with distinct toasting character which is very well integrated and does not cover the fruit. Well balanced fruit, blackcurrants and mulberries, black cherries in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit, very good length.
2019 Château Moulin Haut-Laroque Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant yet expressive nose, ripe dark berries, discreet flowery hints, mild spices in the background. On the palate well balanced with medium bodied character but very good length, silky tannins and juicy fruit in the finish.
2019 Château Moulin Riche Saint-Julien 93 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with pleasant fruit and discreet roasting aroma, blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of mild spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe fruit and hints of dark chocolate, well structured with ripe yet firm tannins and very good length.
2019 Château Olivier Rouge Pessac-Léognan 95 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive yet elegant fruit, aroma reminsicent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, blackcurrants and hints of blackcurrant leaf, vanilla and discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate excellent structure with almost silky tannins, fine acidity in perfect balance with juicy fruit and an almost "sweet" touch on the palate, excellent length. My best red Château Olivier ever tasted en primeur, well done!
2019 Château Pabus Bordeaux Supérieur 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, backed by juicy fruit, blackberries, sweet elderberries and black cherries. Opens up very well with some oxygen contact. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy and concentrated fruit, elegant spiciness and a certain depth. A very promising wine.
2019 Château Pauillac Pauillac 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with balmy character, mild spices and ripe berries, almost flowery hints in the background. On the palate well structured with good balance and length, very pleasant finish, a real discovery.
2019 Château Phélan Sègur Saint-Julien 93 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with intense fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, marinated blackberries and hints of black cherries. Well balanced oak influence with hints of toasted gingerbread and vanilla. On the palate well structured with freshness and balance, mature tannins, ripe fruit an mild spices. An excellent wine with length and depth.
2019 Château Pierhem Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with roasting aroma, pencil shavings, backed by juicy fruit, e.g. black cherries and blackberries. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, sweet fruit and discreet acidity, balanced with good length.
2019 Château Pierre 1er Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Renon Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Rolland-Maillet Saint-Emilion 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Roudier Montagne-Saint-Emilion 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising.
2019 Château Saint-Robert Graves Blanc 90 Bright straw yellow colour. Expressive nose with typical aroma reminiscent of grapefruit, tangerine, Buxus and blackcurrant leaf, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, aromatic length and refreshing mouthfeel. A wine with good potential.
2019 Château Saint-Robert "Cuvée Poncet Deville" Graves 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Delicate fruit reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, ripe plums and black cherries, hints of blackcurrant leaf, mild spices and discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with freshness, ripe yet firm tannins, nice fruit and discreet spiciness creating good aromatic length.
2019 Château Sansonnet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of liquorice, gingerbread spices, black cherry jam, dark berries in the background. On the palate medium bodied with good structure and length, firm tannins and succulent fruit.
2019 Château Sergant Lalande-de-Pomerol 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant yet closed nose, restrained fruit reminiscent of black cherries, ripe plums and dark berries, on the palate very well balanced with freshness, ripe tannins and juicy fruit, very appealing with good length.
2019 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan 97 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent nose with expressive fruit, ripe blackcurrants, juicy plums and hints of black cherries in the background. Discreet spiciness, fine toasting aroma and a slight hint of flintstone in the background. On the palate excellent structured, firm yet ripe tannins, aromatic depth and excellent length. A great wine with freshness and class.
2019 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan 96 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Excellent nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe pear, juicy grapefruit, hints of tangerine peel, cape gooseberries and hints of passion fruit in the background backed by elegant yet restrained toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate very expressive with crisp acidity, almost salty minerality, savoury character and excellent tension. A wine with great freshness and convincing depth and length, multilayered character with astonishing elegance and persistence.
2019 Château Soutard-Cadet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with intense aroma reminiscent of ripe plums, blackcurrants, blackberries. Fine toasting aroma and hints of dark chocolate and mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit, toasting flavour, firm jet ripe tannins, elegant spiciness. Well structured with convincing length.
2019 Château Timberlay "Cuvée Marie Paule" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Distinct oak influence confirmed by toasting aroma, hints of vanilla and oak spices, backed by ripe dark berries, plums and black cherries. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit, hints of mild spices and distinct toasting aroma in the finish.
2019 Château Tour Maillet Pomerol 91 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with dark stone fruit and a touch of vanilla. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, sweet berries and plums, mild spices, well structured with good length.
2019 Château Yon Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with rather restrained fruit but pleasant spiciness. On the palate rich taste with intense fruit and fine spiciness, a wine with aromatic length and good depth.
2019 Clos 126 Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose, ripe blackberries and hints of blackcurrant leaf. Discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with rather velvety tannins, ripe fruit and discreet spiciness, round and quite rich in the finish.
2019 Clos Beauregard Pomerol 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Massive nose, yet very closed with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. Excellent structure on the palate, rich and concentrated yet still with freshness, firm yet ripe tannins and very good length. To be observed in the future.
2019 Clos Margalaine Margaux 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated yet elegant nose, blackberries, hints of violets and blackcurrants, fine toasting aroma. On the palate rich and well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, good aromatic length, juicy fruit lingering in the aftertaste.
2019 Expression de Bechereau Lalande-de-Pomerol 95 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with distinct fruit, reminiscent of black cherry jam, crushed blackberries, hints of blackcurrants and discreet flowery tones in the background. On the palate succulent fruit, ripe and velvety tannins, excellent aromatic expression. A classy wine with depth, not to be missed.
2019 Girolate Bordeaux 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and sweet plums, fine roasting aroma, dark chocolate, vanilla and mild spices int he background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and hints of mild spices, wonderful freshness, medium bodied with good length.
2019 Girolate Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very elegant and expressive nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe peaches, tangerine zest and lime. On the palate very flavourful, peach and lime, good structure with crisp acidify and very good length.
2019 Héritage de Négrit Montagne-Saint-Emilion 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, on the palate well structured with soft fruit and firm tannins.
2019 Labastide Dauzac, Château Dauzac Margaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with rather restrained fruit but fine toasting aroma and discreet spiciness. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and fresh character, good mouthfeel and aromatic length.
2019 Le Blason d'Issan Margaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue. Very appealing nose with ripe fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants, discreet hint of vanilla and mild spices and a slight flowery touch in the background. On the palate well balancd with ripe tannins, fine acidity, great freshness, well structured with good length, ripe fruit in the finish.
2019 Le Défi de Fontenil Lot No. 19 Vin de France 95+ Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich nose with intense aroma of ripe fruit and toasting components. Complex character, ripe plums, black cherries, crushed mulberries, gingerbread spices, roasted cocoa and hints of violet. On the palate opulent yet elegant with freshness and aromatic depth. An almost monumental wine with great potential.
2019 Le Haut-Médoc de Lascombes, Château Lascombes Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, ripe sloe, slightly flowery components in the background as well as mild spices. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, excellent fruit, discreet spiciness, nice toasting flavour and convincing length. A wine with potential.
2019 Le Saint-Estèphe de Cos Labory, Château Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Fragrant nose with fine red and dark berries, discreet hint of vanilla in the background. On the palate juicy and crisp with fine acidity and ripe fruit, firm tannins, a pleasant wine with freshness and length.
2019 Les Angelots de Gracia Saint-Emilion 87 Deep purple red with violet hue. Initially slightly closed nose, opening up well, displaying aroma reminiscent of ripe red and dark berries, hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate firm tannins, juicy fruit, slightly dryish finish, however quite good length.
2019 No 1, Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent nose with rich fruit, black cherries and blackcurrants, discreet toasting aroma and nice spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured, concentrated with good extraction, very good depth and length, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness in the finish.
2019 Reclos de la Couronne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with ripe and concentrated fruit, hints of dark chocolate and mild spices. Opening up well displaying hints of flowery aroma. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit yet firm tannins, good length and depth.
2019 Reignac Bordeaux Blanc 88 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with restrained fruit, hints of lemon peel and ripe apricots. On the palate juicy fruit, well balanced with good length, creamy texture and good length.
2019 Ronan by Clinet, Groupe Clinet Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright straw yellow colour. Very fragrant nose with aroma reminiscent of fresh grapefruit, passionfruit, ripe physalis, tangerine zest in the background. On the palate crisp acidity, elegant citrus fruit, hints of tropical fruit, well balanced with good length and mouthfeel.
2019 Vieux Château des Rochers "Cuvée Prestige" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit on the nose, very elegant roasting aroma, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla, on the palate well balance with ripe fruit, firm tannins, medium bodied but very long.

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