2021 Bordeaux En Primeur – Summary

There are great wines in 2021 when you choose carefully and we’re here to help you do that. Where the Châteaux price the releases will determine whether the wines sell – at this stage it’s difficult to say where that will be. Ch. Batailley and Ch. Beaumont have both shown well considered release prices in line with last year, hopefully setting the tone for the rest of the campaign. Uncertainty in global financial markets suggest properties should price conservatively. On the other hand, properties are quick to point out that their costs on resources have increased by 25% or more and that Bordeaux, and fine wine in general, is enjoying something of a resurgence.

2021 is a return to classicism and we loved it. There are genuinely exciting and thought-provoking wines. Because of the lack of consistency across the vintage, it can’t be held in as high a regard as 2018, 2019 or 2020. This is a different vintage to those, with different traits (they do say variety is the spice of life) and where wines show balance and ripeness, they are well worth considering. Some wines do lack the ripeness and body, but even in these, there’s no hint of the greenness that has so often marked similar vintages of the past. There’s no doubt this is a vintage for the vignerons – but what is a surprise is how many of them have risen to the challenge and created wines that are far better than expected. That we know this now makes the upcoming campaign something to get excited about. Learn more about the wine from the 2021 vintage.

We expect the releases to start in earnest over the next fortnight and last until the end of June. Fair pricing should come in somewhere between the 2019 and 2020 release prices.

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If you’d like to express interest in particular wines, send us your wish-list, or to set a budget for the campaign, please email [email protected].

 

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