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.

Wine Appellation  Rand /bottle JR.com 
 /20  
WA   
/100
Dec
/100
JS
/100
NM
/100
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
Cantemerle Haut-Médoc S/O  16.5   92 93-94 91-93
La Lagune Haut-Médoc R 562 17     94-95 92-94
Sénéjac Haut-Médoc R 237          89-91
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    
Brane-Cantenac Margaux R 927  17.5   96 93-94 94-96
d'Issan Margaux R 828  17.5 94-96+ 96 96-97 93-95
du Tertre Margaux S/O        95-96  
Labégorce Margaux S/O        91-92 93-95
Lascombes Margaux S/O        94-95 90-92
Malescot Saint-Exupéry Margaux S/O      92   95-97
Margaux Margaux S/O  18.5 97-100 98 99-100 96-98
Palmer Margaux S/O  18.5   98    
Rauzan-Ségla Margaux S/O  17.5+   96    
Potensac Médoc S/O  17 90-92+   94-95 90-92
Mauvesin Barton Moulis R 250           
Clerc Milon Pauillac R 1,123  17+ 92-94 95 94-95 91-93
d'Armailhac Pauillac R 674  16.5+ 91-93   92-93 92-94
Duhart-Milon Pauillac R 1,094  17+ 92-94 94 95-96 93-95
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac R 1,011  17.5+   96 94-95 95-97
Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac R 520  16.5     95-96  
Haut-Batailley Pauillac S/O      92 95-96 93-95
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac S/O  19 97-99 98 99-100 96-98
Le Petit Mouton Pauillac S/O          93-95
Lynch-Bages Pauillac S/O  17.5+   97 96-97 95-97
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac S/O  18.5+ 98-100 98 99-100 96-98
Pichon Baron Pauillac R 2,218  18+ 97-100 97 97-98 96-98
Pichon Lalande Pauillac S/O  18 97-99 98 98-99 98-100
Pontet-Canet Pauillac S/O    98-100 96 98-99  
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
Clinet Pomerol S/O  17     97-98 97-99
Gazin Pomerol S/O        95-96 95-97
l'Eglise Clinet Pomerol S/O  17.5 98-100 98 99-100 97-99
Le Gay Pomerol R 1,460   93-95+   96-97 94-96
La Conseillante Pomerol S/O  17.5 96-98   97-98 97-99
Rouget Pomerol S/O        95-96  
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
Angelus Saint-Émilion S/O  18+ 97-99 97 98-99 96-98
Canon Saint-Émilion R 1,629  17.5+   98    
Cheval Blanc Saint-Émilion S/O  18   98    
Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion S/O        95-96 95-97
Figeac Saint-Émilion S/O  18.5+ 98-100 97 98-99 97-99
Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion R 609        95-96  
Fonbel Saint-Émilion R 301  16        
Fonplegade Saint-Émilion R 606    92-93     92-94
Larcis-Ducasse Saint-Émilion S/O    95-97+   98-99 95-97
Laroque Saint-Émilion R 383        94-95 92-94
Pavie Saint-Émilion S/O   17.5 97-100   98-99 96-98
Pavie-Macquin Saint-Émilion S/O   16.5+ 95-97   98-99 95-97
Quinault l'Enclos Saint-Émilion R 547   16.5   93    
Troplong Mondot Saint-Émilion R 1,404  17.5 96-98     95-97
Calon-Ségur Saint-Estèphe S/O  18 95-97+   95-96 95-97
Capbern Saint-Estèphe R 328  16.5 89-91   93-94  
Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe R 2,508  18+ 97-99  98 98-99 96-98
Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 590  17        
Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe R 642  16.5+     93-94 93-95
Les Ormes de Pez Saint-Estèphe S/O        92-93 92-94
Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 2,246  18+   98    
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
Beychevelle Saint-Julien R 1,204  17    94 93-94 93-95
Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien R 643  16.5    93 95-96 94-96
Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien R 758    93-95   94-95 93-95
Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien S/O    97-100  98 99-100 96-98
Gloria Saint-Julien R 562    91-93  94 94-95 93-95
Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien S/O           
Lagrange Saint-Julien R 688  17    95 93-94 94-96
Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien R 660  17    94 95-96 93-95
Léoville Barton Saint-Julien S/O  18    96 95-96 94-96
Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien S/O  18    96 96-97 96-98
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
Saint-Pierre Saint-Julien R 786    94-96+  95 92-93 94-96
Coutet Sauternes 375ml S/O        94-95 94-96
Doisy-Daëne Sauternes 375ml R 274          94-96
Suduiraut Sauternes 375ml S/O        95-96 95-97
 
  • 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.

The vintage:

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.

Scores:

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.

The prices:

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