Bordeaux en-primeur 2019
Wine Cellar has selected a large basket of wines for the 2019 Bordeaux campaign. The 2019 vintage will be sold in an en-primeur campaign from June through to July 2020. Wines are offered in 6-bottle cases for bottling and import mid-2022. First Growths are available in 3-bottle cases.
Wine Cellar will have access to almost all the wines of Bordeaux. We will, however, not be buying across the board and in order to ensure your purchase, we ask for upfront requests. The popular châteaux amongst Wine Cellar customers over the last 20 years will be offered through the Bordeaux en-primeur newsletter, sign up here, as well as being listed here. We can also suggest a basket of wines depending on your preferred style and budget.
|Aile d'Argent||Bordeaux Blanc||R 1,320||17+||93-95||97-98||90-92|
|Blanc de Lynch-Bages||Bordeaux Blanc||R 674|
|Clos des Lunes||Bordeaux Blanc||R 162||17+||92-93|
|Puygueraud||Côtes de Francs||R 198||93-94|
|Montlandrie||Côtes de Castillon||R 303||16.5||93-95||93||92-93||92-94|
|La Dauphine||Fronsac||R 281||92-94|
|La Lagune||Haut-Médoc||R 562||17||94-95||92-94|
|Les Cruzelles||Lalande de Pomerol||R 371||16.5||90-92||93||92-93||91-93|
|Alter Ego de Palmer||Margaux||R 992||17+||94|
|Mauvesin Barton||Moulis||R 250|
|Clerc Milon||Pauillac||R 1,123||17+||92-94||95||94-95||91-93|
|Haut-Bages Libéral||Pauillac||R 520||16.5||95-96|
|Le Petit Mouton||Pauillac||S/O||93-95|
|Pichon Baron||Pauillac||R 2,218||18+||97-100||97||97-98||96-98|
|Réserve de la Comtesse||Pauillac||S/O||93||92-94|
|Domaine de Chevalier||Pessac-Léognan Blanc||R 1,313||94-96+||93||95-96||93-95|
|Le Carte Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Blanc||S/O||93||95-96|
|Domaine de Chevalier||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R 903||17+||94-96+||95||96-97||94-96|
|Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R6 599||18.5+||97-99||97||99-100||96-98|
|La Chapelle La Mission Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R 983||16.5||92-94||93||94-95||89-91|
|La Mission Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||S/O||18.5||98-100||96||99-100||98-100|
|Le Clarence Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R 2,246||16.5||92-94||95-96||91-93|
|Les Carmes Haut-Brion||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||S/O||92-94||96||95-96|
|Malartic-Lagravière||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R 628||17||93-95||95-96||94-96|
|Pape Clément||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||R 1,370||17||96-98+||96-97||96-98|
|Smith Haut Lafitte||Pessac-Léognan Rouge||S/O||96-98+||96-97||96-98|
|Le Gay||Pomerol||R 1,460||93-95+||96-97||94-96|
|Vieux Château Certan||Pomerol||R 3,931||18+||97-100||98-99||96-98|
|Le Dragon de Quintus||Saint-Émilion||R 503||16+||91-93||89-91|
|Fleur Cardinale||Saint-Émilion||R 609||95-96|
|Quinault l'Enclos||Saint-Émilion||R 547||16.5||93|
|Troplong Mondot||Saint-Émilion||R 1,404||17.5||96-98||95-97|
|Cos d'Estournel||Saint-Estèphe||R 2,508||18+||97-99||98||98-99||96-98|
|Dame de Montrose||Saint-Estèphe||R 590||17|
|Les Ormes de Pez||Saint-Estèphe||S/O||92-93||92-94|
|Pagodes de Cos||Saint-Estèphe||R 684||16||92-94||93||94-95||92-94|
|Phélan Ségur||Saint-Estèphe||R 618||17||92-94||95-96||93-95|
|Clos du Marquis||Saint-Julien||R 758||93-95||94-95||93-95|
|Léoville-Las Cases||Saint-Julien||R 3,229||19||97-99||98||98-99||96-98|
|Petit Lion||Saint-Julien||R 814||17.5||92-94||95-96||90-92|
|Doisy-Daëne||Sauternes 375ml||R 274||94-96|
- Italic prices are estimates of unreleased wines.
- Prices are stated in Rand/bottle en-primeur, excluding shipping costs (approx R50/bottle) and VAT, payable on landing in 2022.
- Minimum orders of 6-bottle cases, except First Growths where 3-bottle cases are possible.
- Preference will be given to customers of previous campaigns on highly sought-after wines.
- Please enquire about the availability of further Bordeaux châteaux.
- All wines are bottled as 750ml unless indicated otherwise. Other formats are available on request.
- JR – JancisRobinson.com, DEC – Decanter, WA – Wine Advocate, JS – James Suckling, NM – Neal Martin
Bordeaux 2019 vintage overview
Uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 meant that a 2019 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign was initially doubtful. The delay may advantage buyers, however, as the 2019s are being offered at a discount during a shortened campaign.
2019 follows the long-term trend of drier vintages, which leads to increased quality. ‘It wasn't straightforward, with heatwaves, drought and a rainy finish along the way, but Bordeaux enjoyed a long, dry summer and harvest with just enough rain,’ reports JancisRobinson.com. The Bordeaux Institute of Wine and Vine Science scored the 2019 vintage 3.5 – 4 stars out of 5, making 2019 a high-quality year.
‘Overall, 2019 was a hot vintage with all the potential successes and pitfalls that this style of year brings with it; rich fruits, concentration, high alcohols, plenty of tannins,’ writes Decanter. The Left Bank 2019s are less lush and more structured than the 2018s and closer in style to the 2016 vintage. Writing for Decanter, Jane Anson adds that she has found more consistency lower in the rankings than in 2016. While the Right Bank 2019 wines are closer in style to the 2018s as they are generally more rich and lush with slightly higher acidity levels.
Early budding was followed by a period of wet and cold in April, May and June. From mid-June onwards, the weather became hot and dry and led to successful fruit set. In fact, the 2019 summer saw higher temperatures than average. July was mostly dry but saw some storms, while August and September were hot and dry resulting in a successful ripening and harvest season. Rain from September onwards allowed the Merlots to ripen well with high alcohols, but the Cabernet did particularly well with the rains as the ripening period was extended, lowering the alcohol levels, and allow ‘for more ‘normal’ development after the hot weather’ says Decanter.
Unlike previous vintages, the release date and prices are not dictated by any one critic's score. There is a basket of critics that are used to assess the vintage and wines, which is healthier for the consumer. We suggest aligning yourself with the critic who appreciates the same wines you do. Read their notes and make sure the wine is made in a style that you enjoy. Due to Covid-19, not all critics had reviewed the wines on release and we will add them as they are released.
Wine Cellar offers similar pricing to the UK market at the current ZAR exchange rate. Much like buying on any Bordeaux campaign, your position on the ZAR can be a deciding factor. With a long-term trend of depreciation, buying en-primeur has offered the best possible prices for buying Bordeaux in Rands over the last 20 years. Discounts for the 2019 vintage vary depending on the châteaux, ranging up to 35% on the 2018s and as much as 20% in ZAR terms. Pontet-Canet, a potential 100-pointer, was released as the cheapest vintage available and sold out quickly on the market.
What to buy?:
Wine Cellar has selected the finest and most popular 100-odd châteaux based on 2 decades of en-primeur sales. We can, however, source wines from almost all the châteaux that sell through the campaign on customer requests. Some properties, such as Latour, choose not to participate.
We also offer buying advice and can suggest a basket of wines based on your particular style and budget. Sign up to our en-primeur newsletter.
Should I buy?
The big question is: Should you buy? We have analysed 10 of our most popular châteaux from the 2005 and 2016 campaigns, and compared en-primeur to current retail prices. 2005 showed a 280% growth in Rand price – or a 10% annualised saving since 2006. 2016 showed 38% growth in just 2 years. While a fair portion of the gain is Rand depreciation, as well as higher retail versus en-primeur mark-ups, there was still sizable growth in price from en-primeur to release, through to maturity.
En-primeur enables you to buy all châteaux with 1 invoice in various bottle formats and case sizes at a highly competitive price. So, if the Rand stays fairly constant or depreciates further, en-primeur is the cheapest way to buy Bordeaux in SA. Please contact me if you would like to see the figures.
How to order?
Subscribe to our en-primeur mailing list and respond to one of our Bordeaux en-primeur newsletters, or you can order via email or phone while stocks are available. Alternatively, you can send through your wish list at any time.
Terms and conditions
- Wines are sold in Rands only at the current Rand/Euro exchange rate.
- Wines are sold exclusive of VAT and shipping.
- Payment is required on invoice via EFT on presentation of the invoice. Credit card payments carry a 2.5% surcharge.
- Shipping (estimated at R50 per bottle) and VAT are payable when the wines land in South Africa in mid-2022.
- Unless otherwise stated, bottles are in standard 750ml format. Please note that 375ml, 1500ml and 3000ml bottles carry a small surcharge.
- Cases are available in 6 x 750ml, 12 x 750ml, 12 x 375ml, 24 x 375ml or 6 x 1500ml sizes.
- Orders must be placed by email to Roland@winecellar.co.za