Bordeaux 2021 En Primeurs
May 2022 - We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.
Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.
We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2021 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, climate-changing world.
Jane and I travelled to Bordeaux in April for the private and UGC Tastings (my 31st year visiting Bordeaux, Jane's 15th!) and after a trio of warm vintages (and higher alcohol) 2021 appears to be a throwback to the late 90s and early 2000s with lower-alcohol and well-balanced tannins and acidity. There were however many obstacles to overcome to get to the excellent, all-round vintage we were treated to.
The French agriculture minister called April 2021’s frosts “the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the century”. They certainly affected yields, which are small but not catastrophic. Proactive use of heat-blowers and candles in the vineyards reduced losses in many areas.
After a cool and wet June and July, those who looked after their vines through to August and September were better-prepared and with generally dry conditions from the second week of August through to mid-September this late summer came to the rescue.
The smaller volumes helped enable the vines to focus on ripening and many left picking as late as they dared going down to the wire in the quest for maturity. A real nail-biter!
Alcohol levels will inevitably be lower this year which is not a bad thing. High acidity levels will hopefully make for some excellent age-worthy wines.
All-in-all we loved tasting this vintage. There were definitely areas that have performed better than others and Chateaux that have been luckier (they may say it was skill and judgement) than others but this vintage is definitely worth a good look at.
We will be offering a smaller selection of Chateaux, ones we feel really hit the mark.
All purchases are subject to the following Terms and Conditions:
Delivery - Spring or Autumn 2024 (depending on release date, please note we will not ship wines in the summer months)
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST. No further discounts apply
Allocation - On a first-come-first-served basis.
Payment - As per our normal T&Cs.
E&OE - Errors & Omissions Excepted
This page will be updated as and when Chateaux release their offers.