2019 marks one of the most unique En Primeur campaigns since the end of World War II. Producers, negociants and the global wine trade have had to adapt to the changing global landscape in order to make any sort of campaign a reality.
The growing season and early optimism during harvest hinted that 2019 could be another lauded vintage from Bordeaux’s recent past. Virtual tastings, a smattering of critic reviews and reports from the ground, have confirmed that 2019 is indeed another high-quality vintage.
With mounting pressure to significantly reduce prices, this could be one of the most opportunistic En Primeur campaigns to purchase for a decade.
The first major release of the campaign, of the potential 100 point Pontet Canet, at a 30% discount to their 2018 release (and their lowest release price since 2008), has set a strong precedent for what’s to come.
Our report is a must-have guide to buying en primeur this year, evaluating recent performance, identifying the key categories to look out for as well as providing individual price analysis on 50 of the top investment grade wines.
We are extremely excited by this campaign and we are confident that this could provide the spark to re-invigorate the Bordeaux market.
Within this report you will find;
✔ Individual price analysis on 50 of the top wines.
✔ Key price performance of recent En Primeur campaigns.
✔ First-hand tasting report from our Bordeaux based Buying Director.
✔ Estimated release prices based on up to 20% reductions.
✔ Why we think this campaign could re-invigorate the Bordeaux market.
“2019 was a contrasting vintage, with a cool beginning then a hot dry summer. Most vines did a good job in resisting issues, as they have had to cope with similar issues for the past few years. It was only after the blending that I really began to get a feel for the vintage, because there were some high-alcohol Merlots and more classically-balanced Cabernets. I found more freshness than expected in the subsequent blends, with the two grape varieties complementing each other well.”
Eric Boissenot - Winemaking Consultant
“So many of the 2019 wines are at the same level of quality as 2018, albeit with less exuberance and plushness in fruit and tannins. The wines seem more typical for Bordeaux – which is a good thing – with a balance of alcohol, cool and blue fruits and fine linear tannins that are refined and driven.
The few dozen or so winemakers I spoke to seem to agree, comparing 2019 to the great 2010 vintage but without the austerity and intensity.
Some say 2019 is close to the excellent 2016 vintage but with perhaps slightly less tannin concentration. They all agree that the quality is very close to 2018, 2016 and 2015.The wines I tasted so far are very familiar and Bordeaux-like. The sleek tannins and pure fruit character are what I expect in Bordeaux. The wines are all just really good quality wines and some are fantastic.”
James Suckling - Wine Critic