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Bordeaux en primeur 2019

Quality Vintage Role of Honour in the Twentieth Century

2000 … 2005 … 2009 … 2010 … 2015 … 2016 … 2018 …
and now 2019

The great run of high quality vintages from Bordeaux continues with 2019.  This is the eighth outstanding vintage this century which is good news for regular aficionados of claret providing a consistently top level supply of claret to enjoy for years to come.

It is also a welcome return to what I call “en primeur as it should be” with prices falling in some cases by as much as 30%  over recent vintages in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and US tariffs. This presents us with a unique opportunity of securing wines of freshness and balance that offer real quality and value. 

 As our négociant friend Francois Gillet says, “there will be a real interest to buy the 2019, because the 2020, except climatic accident, prices will certainly increase again …

Eric Boissenot, winemaking consultant told us: “2019 was a contrasting vintage, with a cool beginning then a hot dry summer. Most vines did a good job in resisting issues, as they have had to cope with similar issues for the past few years. It was only after the blending that I really began to get a feel for the vintage, because there were some high-alcohol Merlots and more classically-balanced Cabernets. I found more freshness than expected in the subsequent blends, with the two grape varieties complementing each other well.”

In summary we have great pleasure in recommending our offer for your consideration and enjoyment.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon White
gordon@wine-importers.net
Managing Director, Wine Importers Ltd incorporating Cockburns of Leith

How to order

To make a reservation or place an order, email or call:

Invoices will be issued for a confirmed order for payment not later than 31st July 2020. Please also read our terms & conditions.

Critics’ Scores

  • JS = James Suckling
  • JA = Jane Anston
  • WA = Wine Advocate

Updates

We will be updating this page regularly throughout the season, so check back for more offers.

Most recent update: Thursday, 9 July at 12.08pm

Médoc & Haut-Médoc

Château Tour St Bonnet, Médoc
Concentrated and deep nose of blackcurrant and bramble fruits with plenty of added spice. Well-balanced with a ripe and juicy tannins with a core of black fruit and black pepper spice.
Best to drink: TBC£94.00
12 x 75cl
Château Cissac, Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Haut-Médoc
Purple red with violet hue and black core. Very expressive nose with distinct fruit character, ripe elderberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, elegant yet discreet toasting aroma, with a fine scent of mild spices in the background. On the rich yet well structured with freshness and ripe tannins, excellent fruit, discreet spiciness, complex approach with a wonderful length. A noteworthy wine in a remarkable vintage
JS=92‑93

Best to drink: 2026-2040
£98.00
12 x 75cl
Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
2019 Château Beaumont is characterised by roundness, harmony and rich ripe fruit. The Merlot gives a lovely fruitiness and some sweetness, while the Cabernets Sauvignon brings concentration and the Petit Verdot a spicy touch.
Best to drink: 2026-2036£103.00
12 x 75cl
Château Potensac, Médoc JUST RELEASED
The excellence of this lies in the quality of the tannins, which are so polished and refined. Compact and tight. Medium-bodied.
Best to drink: 2026-2045£190.00
12 x 75cl
Château Senejac, Haut-Medoc
Aniseed cassis on the nose, mixed with a bit of old leather and a touch of wood on the nose. Beautiful to drink, lightish for a left bank with plenty dark fruit mixed with a touch of vanilla.
WA=90‑92
JS=92‑93
£128.00
12 x 75cl
Château Tour Carnet, 4ème Cru Classé Haut-Médoc STAR BUY
Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Hints of violets, blackberries and blackcurrents in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, balanced tannins and very good length.
JS=92‑93£256.00
12 x 75cl

Left Bank

Margaux

Château Labegorce, Margaux
Really expressive, with a gorgeous beam of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit driving through, inlaid with graphite and anise notes. The very polished feel lets the fruit glisten on the finish.
JS=91‑92

Best to drink: 2026-2045
£244.00
12 x 75cl
Château d’Issan, 3ème Cru Classé
For fans of the d’Issan style, this delivers in spades. Here the spicy character of the vintage is represented by a note of red peppercorn on the nose, and from there the wine motors, with deep tannins, lots of substance, rich creamy fruit, oak and a controlled finish. Alcohol is at a commendable 13.3%.
JS=96‑97

Best to drink: 2025-2040

£221.00
6 x 75cl

St Julien

Château Gloria, St Julien STAR BUY
Texturally, this wine is layered with lush, soft, polished, elegant, ripe, succulent fruits. The black and red berries glide over the palate with no hard edges, leaving with waves of sweet, ripe, rich, concentrated, full-bodied, pure black, red and blue fruits. This is a super wine that is clearly a contender for the best wine ever produced at Gloria!
93‑95

Best to drink: 2027-2045
£304.00
12 x 75cl
Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé
A juicy, fruity wine with lots of blue fruit, blackberries and dark chocolate. Pretty depth and structure to this. Polished and structured at the same time.
JS=94‑95

Best to drink: 2027-2044
SOLD OUT
£215.00 6 x 75cl
Château Gruaud Larose, 2ème Cru Classé
Medium to full-bodied with a taut core of ripe, densely packed, muscular fruit, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Very exotic Gruaud!
Best to drink: 2027-2044£340.00
6 x 75cl
Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé
Ripe and concentrated, but very sleek, with a remarkably pure beam of cassis and plum reduction flavours. Sweet spice, violet and apple wood notes are thoroughly embedded throughout. Polished and very long.
JS=94‑95

Best to drink: 2026-2045
SOLD OUT
£334.00
6 x 75cl
Château Leoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé
Ripe and concentrated, but very sleek, with a remarkably pure beam of cassis and plum reduction flavours. Sweet spice, violet and apple wood notes are thoroughly embedded throughout. Polished and very long.
JA=96

Best to drink: 2026-2045
SOLD OUT
£324.00
6 x 75cl

Pauillac

Château Lynch-Bages, 5ème Cru Classé
A tight and very focused young red with redcurrant, tile and blackberry undertones. Lead pencil, too. It’s full-bodied with very polished, creamy tannins and lots of intense dark fruit. Compact fruit and tannins. Structured.
JA=97

Best to drink: 2027-2045
SOLD OUT £415.00
6 x 75cl

St-Estèphe

Château Haut Marbuzet, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
Deeply coloured, spicy on the nose with lovely fresh acidity; the palate is vibrant and fresh with notes of oak, black pepper and pretty spice; the finish has lingering red fruit notes.
WA=92‑93

Best to drink: 2028-2050
£334.00
12 x 75cl
La Dame de Montrose, 2nd Ch. Montrose Black-cherry colour with black core. Fragrant with violets and cassis. So aromatic. Very fine tannins, many layered, dry but not at all obstreperous. Rich in the darkest of rocky black fruit, really ambitious and successful.JA=94

Best to drink: 2027-2042
£319.00
12 x 75cl
Château Montrose, 2ème Cru Classé, St Estephe
Dark fruit with a savoury edge on the nose, the palate lively and lifted with fresher flavours. Dark fruit again with a minerally edge. Firm, dry finish.
JA=98

Best to drink: 2030-2055
SOLD OUT
£605.00
6 x 75cl

Moulis

Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc
A very polished red with blackberries, chocolate, walnuts and dried tobacco. Medium-bodied with a juicy finish. Pretty finesse and polish.
JS=92‑93

Best to drink: 2027-2042
£244.00
12 x 75cl

Right Bank

Côtes de Castillon / Fronsac

Château Dalem, Fronsac
Blueberries, minerals, slate and stone. It’s medium-bodied with medium, polished tannins.
WA=92‑94

Best to drink: 2026-2040
£176.00
12 x 75cl

Pomerol

Château le Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol
Black core with purple rim. Fresh and aromatic, juicer and more supple to begin, with lively freshness. Tannins are powerful and compact.
WA=91‑93
JS=91‑92

Best to drink: 2025-2035
£199.00
12 x 75cl

Pessac-Léognan

Red

Château Malartic-Lagravière, Cru Classé
This elegance and beauty of this young wine is really something. Incense, sandalwood, currants and chocolate come through on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, very fine-tannins and persistent. Sophisticated.
JS=95‑96

Best to drink: 2026-2035
£168.00
6 x 75cl
Château la Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classé
The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black fruit, earth and floral-laced flavours, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with great length and loads of mineral sparks.
JS=99‑100

Best to drink: 2027-2048
SOLD OUT
£1,526.00
6x75cl

White

Château Malartic-Lagravière, Cru Classé
Really intense and powerful with great density and energy, showing sliced limes, green apples, stone and minerals. It’s full-bodied and very long. Extremely minerally with precision and brightness. Clear and transparent.
JS=96‑97£213.00
6 x 75cl
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Cru Classé
The nose is mineral and driven with just a hint of honey, layered with heather, white flowers and juicy lemon. The texture is glossy and rich, with the dense and vibrant fruit core cut by zesty, lively acidity.
WA=96‑98+£364.00
6 x 75cl

First Growths

We have a small allocation available.

Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
A profound nose of warm black plums, blackcurrant cordial, star anise, blueberry pie and mocha with suggestions of candied violets, and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers waves of opulent, spiced black and blue fruits.
JS=99‑100

Best to drink: 2030-2053
SOLD OUT
£1794.00
6 x 75cl
Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognon
A deep garnet-purple colour, it comes off incredibly shy and reticent to begin, needing considerable coaxing to reveal notes of dark chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry preserves, woodsmoke and sandalwood, before launching into a full-scale fireworks display of iron ore, cumin seed, redcurrant jelly, red roses.
JS=99‑100

Best to drink: 2028-2050
SOLD OUT
£1,775.00
6 x 75cl

How to order

To make a reservation or place an order, email or call:

Invoices will be issued for a confirmed order for payment not later than 31st July 2020. Please also read our terms & conditions.

Terms & Conditions

Goods are offered at these prices under bond Scotland.

Prices quoted are for 12 x 75cl bottles unless stated otherwise

Also available:

  • Half-bottles, per 24 @ £8.00 per case extra.
  • Magnums, per 6 @ £6.00 per case extra.

VAT and Duty will be charged at prevailing rates, once the goods have been shipped and are available for Duty Paid delivery within the U.K. Onward delivery will be charged at cost. Current VAT and duty rates are as follows:

  • VAT: 20.00%
  • Current Duty: £26.78 case 12 x 75cl bottles

The above rates might change between now and anticipated shipment in Spring 2022.

What is en primeur

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Map of key Bordeaux appellations.

Certain quality wine regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy offer their latest vintage for sale while it is maturing in barrel or before it is ready for bottling. In Bordeaux this takes place in the Spring following the harvest of the year previous. 

What is the advantage of buying wine in this way? 

Some popular wines may only be available by this method and certainly before their prices soar in value. Purchasing en primeur is the best way of obtaining really good value, quality wines, although you will have to wait until they are ready to enjoy. It’s a bit like stock market futures, where a relatively modest investment could repay handsomely, either through great wine to drink in the future or perhaps to sell on the open market. You will also ensure that the provenance of your wine is not suspect.

What will I pay and spreading the cost ? 

En primeur wines do not attract immediate payment of UK duty and VAT. Also by storing the wine in our Bond you will only pay the UK duty and VAT when you take the wine, which could be when it’s ready for drinking, some years later. 

Your en primeur wines will remain in France until bottled, which is normally two years after purchase. Our Fine Wines department will advise you when it is to be shipped (there will be an initial shipping charge) and you will be asked what you would like to do with it. Cockburns of Leith can store it for you at a reasonable cellarage cost and we will advise you what you have in our cellars on a regular basis. There may be a carriage charge for moving the wine based on your instructions.

How do I know what is a good wine to buy and place orders ? 

It is important to rely on the expert advice of a good, reliable merchant like Cockburns of Leith. We have been around since 1796 and are linked to Wine Importers Ltd, a highly respected trade wholesaler. Our experts will have tasted wines from the vintage and recommend those that stand out, either for good personal consumption, for potential investment or to lay down for a future decision. 

We will send you regular updates of which châteaux have released a wine, along with the opening price or ‘premiere tranche’. The en primeur campaign may take several weeks to complete, with sometimes only a small allocation of the ‘outstanding wines’ from certain ’hot properties’. You can sign up to our email or list, and simply reply to our emails, stating what you would like to buy. This can be done on a weekly basis or if you prefer after we have a complete list. However in a very good vintage, leaving decisions to a late stage might result in a popular château being sold out. 

Finally we are here to help and will be pleased to offer advice over the phone or by email. Contact charlie@cockburnsofleith.co.uk for more information.

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