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Bordeaux En-Primeur 2019

According to those who were in Bordeaux to follow progress through the year, 2019 is a good to excellent vintage. Weather was mostly favourable throughout the year, the key being a long dry summer which ensured a crop of ripe, healthy grapes. Crucially, those areas which potential purchasers of En Primeur wines will look to – the northern Medoc, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, St Emilion and Pomerol – all performed well. Overall production is slightly below the 2018 and significantly below the ten year average (486 million litres in 2019 vs average of 508 million).

Weather Conditions
The winter provided average rainfall during November, December and January. February and March were dry with the rains returning in April. There was some localized hail and frost but most growers escaped without serious losses. A wet, cold spell coincided with flowering in early June, causing uneven fruit set for some. From mid-June the vintages defining feature established itself; a three month period of fine hot weather lasting until mid-September. Temperatures were up to 40C at times in late July, causing some stress. Heavy rain on the last Friday in July brought welcome relief. Light rains returned at times in August, September and October but in most cases there was little risk of rot so there was no need to rush the harvest. The harvest for dry whites began in late August, with most red grapes being picked in the second half September and first half of October.

Vintage Characteristics
Alcohol levels in 2019 reflect the long period of warm weather, with Cabernet Sauvignon coming at 13-14% and Merlot around 14-14.5%. The wines overall are in more of a classic Bordeaux style than 2018 when high temperatures throughout the growing season produced ripe, plush wines which are not always appreciated by traditionalists. Many wines are marked by their The sleek tannins and pure fruit character. For 2019,comparisons have been made with the 2010 vintage.

Buying Strategy
As usual we will concentrate on the top wines and those we consider to have out-performed in 2019. This page will be updated with the scores from the leading critics as they emerge as well as scores and notes from our own buying team. If you wish to discuss your purchase or request a particular wine the etc wine shops is here ready to assist you.

Tasting notes:
James Lawther (JR), Neal Martin (Vin), James Suckling (JS), Lisa Perrotti-Brown (WA), Wine Spectator (WS)

To place an order, please send an email to order@etcwineshops.com

Wines ( * denotes Limited Allocation )

wine Vin WS JS JR WA price   wine Vin WS JS JR WA price
Alter Ego de Palmer           $465   Lafite*           $4,370
Aile d'Argent               Lagrange, St. Julien           $316
D'Armailhac               Langoa Barton            
Angelus           $2,447   Larcis Ducasse sold out            
Ausone               Lascombes            
Beau Sejour Becot               Latour            
Bellevue Mondotte               Latour a Pomerol            
Beychevelle           $567   Le Clarence de Haut Brion            
Branaire Ducru           $303   La Clarte de Haut Brion            
Brane Cantenac               La Croix de Beaucaillou            
Branon               La Mission Haut Brion            
Cantemerle               La Mission Haut Brion Blanc            
Calon Segur               Lafon Rochet            
Canon               Le Carillon de l'Angelus            
Canon La Gaffeliere               Le Dome            
Carruades de Lafite               Le Gay            
Clarte Haut Brion               Le Petit Mouton            
Chapelle d'Ausone               Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases            
Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion               Le Pin            
Cheval Blanc*           $3,864   Leoville Barton            
Chevalier de Lascombes               Leoville Las Cases            
Clerc Milon               Leoville Poyferre           $528
Climens               Les Forts de Latour            
Clinet*               Les Pagodes de Cos            
Clos de L'Oratoire               Lynch Bages           $699
Clos du Marquis               Malartic Lagraviere            
Clos Fourtet               Malartic Lagraviere Blanc            
Clos l'Eglise               Malescot St Exupery            
Cos d'Estournel           $1,178   Margaux            
Cos d'Estournel Blanc               Monbousquet            
Coutet               Monbousquet Blanc            
Certan de May               Montrose           $3,312
D'Issan               Mouton*            
Domaine de Cambes               Palmer           $1,720
Domaine de Chevalier           $425                
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc           $618   Pape Clement           $618
Domaine des Cambes               Pape Clement Blanc           $953
Du Tertre               Pavie           $2,576
Ducru Beaucaillou               Pavie Macquin            
Duhart Milon           $534   Pavie Decesse            
Echo de Lynch Bages               Pavillon Blanc de Margaux            
Figeac*           $1,288   Pavillon Rouge de Margaux            
Gazin           $541   Petit Village            
Gloria               Pichon Baron            
Giscours               Pichon Lalande            
Grand Puy Lacoste           $464   Pontet Canet sold out           $626
Grand Village               Rauzan Segla            
Gruaud Larose           $554   Reserve de la Comtesse            
Guiraud               Rieussec            
Haut Bailly               Roc de Cambes            
Haut Bages Liberal               Saint Pierre, St Julien            
Haut Brion*           $3,312   Smith-Haut-Lafitte            
Haut Brion blanc*               Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc            
Haut Batailley               Sociando Mallet            
Hosanna*               Suduiraut            
L'Evangile           $1,490   Talbot           $361
L'Eglise Clinet*               Tertre Roteboeuf            
La Cabanne               Troplong Mondot            
La Conseillante           $1,288   Trotanoy            
La Dame de Montrose               Quintus            
La Fleur Petrus               Vieux Chateau Certan*            
La Mondotte               Phelan Segur            
La Tour Carnet           $216   Pibran            

 * Denotes Limited Allocation

En Primeur - Terms and Conditions

  • No Inner Cellar discounts offered
  • Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Neal Martin (WA), James Suckling (JS), Wine Spectator (WS) and Antonio Galloni’s (AG) are indicated on the following pages
  • Bottling: Prices are for standard 750ml bottles. Wines can be bottled in half bottles, magnums or other formats for an additional charge. Please provide special bottling instructions before 31st August 2020.
  • Storage: etc staff will contact you for delivery arrangement in Spring/Summer 2022, there would be storage charges if we do not receive any reply on shipping instruction in 7 days of our notification. The charge will be HKD $240 per annum per case or per large format bottle (9L case). 
  • Shipping Cost: HKD$180 per case inclusive of insurance. Please instruct us in advance for special shipping arrangements.
  • Offer: Please note that the following wines are offered ex-cellars Bordeaux and available in unit of 6 or 12 bottles. Minimum order is 1 case of 6 bottles (750ml) for each wine, when available. If you need special bottling (half bottles, magnums or other large formats), please let us know at the time of order. They will be available for delivery in Spring/Summer 2022. Payment upon receipt of invoice.
  • Payment:
    Payment will be only processed in HKD.
    The following payment methods are accepted:
    - Visa , Mastercard, AE, bank transfer.

To place order please send an email at order@etcwineshops.com