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Bordeaux remains the world’s most important producer of fine red wines. The region is split neatly into two distinct styles by varietal and geography. The better known regions of Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe to the west of the Gironde river produce Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines with power, backbone and structure while the communes of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on limestone and clay soils lean more to the Merlot varietal offering often richer and more generous wines.

In between is the Pessac-Leognan region, which technically  offers a hybrid between these two styles, pivoting between Cabernet styles of the west and the Merlot of the east.

In addition, there is growing demand for the dry white wines of Bordeaux, where improvements in winemaking techniques have resulted in ever more interesting wines.

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Bordeaux 2019 in brief

“The wines are outstanding quality, from simple Bordeaux to cru classé. 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” James Suckling

Vintage Summary

  • 2019 was marked by above average summer temperatures and sunshine and low rainfall leading to an excellent vintage for both reds and whites.

The red wines

  • Excellent ripeness levels with alcohol levels on a par with 2018 and 2015. High acidity levels thanks to the cool summer nights giving freshness. Small grapes giving high levels of tannin and a more classic feel than the voluptuous 2018 and 2015 vintages. A number of chateaux claim to have produced better wine in 2019 than 2018.

The white wines

  • Perfectly balanced with a good acidity and rich in sugar making them aromatic and fresh with vibrant acidity and excellent ageing potential. One of the best vintages of the decade with some chateaux producing wines as good as any produced before.

Sauternes & Barsac

  • The morning temperatures were cool at 9°c and increased to 35°c in the afternoon allowing the rapid development of noble rot and the concentration of the berries. With a rigorous selection high quality was achieved throughout with generous aromatics, fresh and vibrant acidity and balance without heaviness.


Discover Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2019 in brief

“The wines are outstanding quality, from simple Bordeaux to cru classé. 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” James Suckling

Vintage Summary

  • 2019 was marked by above average summer temperatures and sunshine and low rainfall leading to an excellent vintage for both reds and whites.

The red wines

  • Excellent ripeness levels with alcohol levels on a par with 2018 and 2015. High acidity levels thanks to the cool summer nights giving freshness. Small grapes giving high levels of tannin and a more classic feel than the voluptuous 2018 and 2015 vintages. A number of chateaux claim to have produced better wine in 2019 than 2018.

The white wines

  • Perfectly balanced with a good acidity and rich in sugar making them aromatic and fresh with vibrant acidity and excellent ageing potential. One of the best vintages of the decade with some chateaux producing wines as good as any produced before.

Sauternes & Barsac

  • The morning temperatures were cool at 9°c and increased to 35°c in the afternoon allowing the rapid development of noble rot and the concentration of the berries. With a rigorous selection high quality was achieved throughout with generous aromatics, fresh and vibrant acidity and balance without heaviness.


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