2019 Bordeaux Top Values
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Bordeaux 2019 - a vintage that impresses for its “modern-classic feel.”
The 2019 Vintage in Bordeaux is one that has surprised so many in the wine trade and in Bordeaux. Following a string of very important and noteworthy vintages, 2019 at first glance seemed to be a vintage that was destined to be a bit more crowd pleasing at first. However, one of the great things that Bordeaux does is learn and learn quickly. The Chateaux employed the knowledge of the last 20+ years that allowed many the ability and chance to harness the purity of their vineyards and the year.
The result is a vintage that has a more classic feel, a refined and regal feel in a modern interpretation. These are the types of wines that all lovers of Bordeaux want to have in their cellars. Wines that are quintessential Bordeaux, showcasing the intrinsic differences of the Chateau and the transparency of the vintage. The 2019 vintage achieves this marvelously with wines that are obtainable for all Bordeaux fans.
The Wine Advocate Abbreviated Vintage Synopsis:
The 2019 vintage has turned out brilliantly in Bordeaux. Vibrant, concentrated and structurally seamless, the best 2019 red Bordeaux combine striking aromatic range with notable intensity and persistence of flavor; and while this is a vintage amply endowed with tannin, those tannins are already so integrated as to be, in many instances, almost imperceptible. …
Looking further back in time, it’s more than merely facile to observe that nine plus 10 is 19, because the 2019 vintage does combine some of the attributes of 2009 with some of the attributes of 2010. In some instances, those vintages remain benchmarks, but for many châteaux, the 2019s go further, with suppler tannins than the supple 2009s, and livelier flavors than the lively 2010s. Above all, 2019 is a vintage of pure pleasure, and few 2019s are as monolithic as some of the more massive 2009s or 2010s—wines that pushed the boundaries of what Bordeaux could be, but which also sometimes transgressed them...
It’s easier to compare 2019 with 2018, the first installment in a so-called trilogy of great vintages. The comparison isn’t flattering to 2018, which is notably more jammy and lower in acidity. In 2019, the identity of each estate and terroir is thrown into relief; in 2018, it is the vintage that is front and center, dominating all else. Both vintages are above average in alcohol, yet in 2019, alcohols are generally better integrated. So, while 2018 may win Bordeaux new friends with its exuberant fruit, and while the vintage certainly did produce some exceptional wines, 2019 will offer more interest to long-time followers of the region. (4/22, William Kelley)
Vinous Vintage Synopsis
2019 Bordeaux Left Bank: (95-97VM)
The 2019s combine the textural creaminess of the 2009s with the vibrancy of the 2010s and the slightly linear construction of the 2014s. With a few exceptions, these are not huge, bombastic wines. Although the 2019s share some attributes with the 2009s and 2010s, they are much more finessed wines built on persistence and length more than opulence. Based on primeur tastings, 2019 is consistently strong across the Left Bank. (6/20, Antonio Galloni)
2019 Bordeaux Right Bank: (94-96VM)
The 2019s combine the textural creaminess of the 2009s with the vibrancy of the 2010s and the slightly linear construction of the 2014s. With a few exceptions, these are not huge, bombastic wines. Although the 2019s share some attributes with the 2009s and 2010s, they are much more finessed wines built on persistence and length more than opulence. Based on primeur tastings, consistently strong in Saint-Emilion, especially in the great sites. The ripeness of the vintage comes through in some Pomerols that lack focus. (6/20, Antonio Galloni)
The bevy of wines available sub-$100 that exude the best of the 2019 Vintage and truly showcase the unique personality of each Chateaux is a much welcomed surprise. Here are some of our favorites of the 2019 Vintage in-stock that are just absolute gems to have in your cellars, collections and wine fridges now. We have to admit that we find many of these young Pessac-Leognan irresistible today, but the potential for down the road seems to be limitless. Smart buys for the cellar, well you can’t go wrong with any of these wines but Grand Puy Lacoste and La Lagune are two at the top of our list for classically styled long lived properties.