Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur - a "New Classicism"?

After a trio of excellent warm, dry vintages in Bordeaux, where most producers and appellations did very well across the board, 2021 was less straightforward for the vignerons of the world’s most famous wine region. Pressures from frost and mildew were the complications that tested some Chateaux’s resolve but nevertheless, the 2021 growing season has created what Decanter’s Georgie Hindle believes to be ‘one of the most interesting and talked about vintages of recent times.’


Generalising is a difficult thing to do in 2021 Bordeaux but if we were forced, we’d say that the vintage has yielded elegant & classically proportioned wines. Many have moderate alcohol levels, think 12-13.5 % rather than the loft heights of 14.5-15%, whilst they also have more supple, charming profiles more in line with the great Bordeaux wines of the 80s and 90s than the recent blockbuster vintages of 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is in vintages like 2021 where we really appreciate the pedigree and winemaking knowledge of the very best properties within this majestic region– with all the modern science, technology and investment now behind these great estates, it is hard for them to make anything other than beautiful wine.


Don't miss the whites of 2021 as they have been universally praised and were a joy to taste. The cool conditions of 2021 have certainly created the ‘finest set of dry whites since 2017’ that ‘exhibit considerable potential’ (WA).

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Brane-Cantenac 2021 (6x75cl)
£354.47
Inc. VAT: £354.47
2021

Brane-Cantenac 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2021 Brane-Cantenac notably marries fruit intensity with energy and structure. There is an exotic richness to the 2021 that is impossible to miss. Kirsch, red plum, blood orange, cinnamon, new leather and spice all meld together. The 2021 is bold, sumptuous and alluring. There is certainly a lot to look forward to. The oak needs to fully integrate, but that is what élevage is for. Brane-Cantenac was impressive on both occasions I tasted it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description £354.47
Inc. VAT: £354.47
Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x150cl)

£297 - £356

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£297 - £356

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x300cl)

£623 - £747

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x300cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£623 - £747

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x600cl)

£1,227 - £1,472

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x600cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,227 - £1,472

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x150cl)

£898 - £1,077

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£898 - £1,077

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x300cl)

£1,895 - £2,274

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x300cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 3x300cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,895 - £2,274

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x150cl)

£1,799 - £2,159

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,799 - £2,159

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,044.47
2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 9 96 (JA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,044.47
Doisy Daene 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£143 - £171

2021

Doisy Daene 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Doisy-Daëne is fabulous. Sweet floral notes, orchard fruit, mint and passionfruit all lend notable flavor intensity. The 2021 is rich and unctuous, but not at all heavy. It is a fabulous example of both the château and vintage.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£143 - £171

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Doisy Daene 2021 (6x75cl)

£143 - £171

2021

Doisy Daene 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Doisy-Daëne is fabulous. Sweet floral notes, orchard fruit, mint and passionfruit all lend notable flavor intensity. The 2021 is rich and unctuous, but not at all heavy. It is a fabulous example of both the château and vintage.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£143 - £171

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Doisy Vedrines 2021 (6x75cl)

£280 - £336

2021

Doisy Vedrines 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

Les Champs Libres hits it out of the park in 2021. Gunsmoke opener, followed by structured white peach, pear, sage, crushed rocks, green apple, pummice stone slate and liquourice bud, with a squeeze of sweeter citrus pureee as it opens up in the mid palate. A truly great white that doesn't try too hard to impress, and is content to take its time. Savoury, mouthwatering, delicious. Harvest September 9 to 11. 100% aged in barrels.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£280 - £336

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,027.46
2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,027.46
Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x300cl)

£663 - £795

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x300cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£663 - £795

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x600cl)

£1,307 - £1,568

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x600cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£1,307 - £1,568

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (3x150cl)

£958 - £1,149

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£958 - £1,149

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Gruaud Larose 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £532.07
2021

Gruaud Larose 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Gruaud Larose (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Merlot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 12.5% alcohol; tasted between appointments at the property with Arnaud Frédéric and, later, at Lagrange with consistent if initially rather hastily written notes). I had some trouble tracking down a sample as this was not presented at the UGC press tasting at the Cité du Vin. But I am really pleased that I persisted as this is staggeringly brilliant and definitely one of the wines of the vintage – as, indeed, it was in 2020 (not that many people tasted it en primeur either). A very dark cool-vintage Cabernet nose – of brambles and blackberry, with a touch of cassis that builds in the glass with aeration. There is great presence and intensity to the pure dark bright, fresh crunchy fruit in a deeply expressive and impressively aromatically striking nose. Thyme, freshly plucked from the stalk, a stony minerality, and graphite and pencil-shavings. On the palate, this is plunge-pool deep, dense and compact yet with a wondrously graceful lift and elegance to it. Archetypally Gruaud Larose – with all that graphite minerality– but taken to a new level texturally. The 2021 is fabulously intense, deep dark and utterly captivating. There is incredible purity, great layering and pixilation, and yet a degree of density and profundity that is really rare in the vintage, even in St Julien. The bright aerial fruit provides loads of mid-palate interest. On the finish this is lively and racy, with a touch of cool menthol and a lovely grip from the tannins that ripple gloriously to a distant vanishing point, cleansing the palate as they do. This really flows and there is a brilliant tension between the tannins that want to strap the fruit to the compact linear spine and the exuberance of the fruit that glides and glistens in a brilliant sinuous crystalline river of fresh juiciness. This is right up there with Las Cases for me in this vintage.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £532.07
Lascombes 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £390.47
2021

Lascombes 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (92-94+)

Lascombes (Margaux; 50% Merlot; 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petit Verdot; a final yield of 41 hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; aging for around 18 months in oak, 60% of which is new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Ah, yes, Lascombes – it is immediately very familiar. One tunes in first to that signature wisteria and mimosa floral element, dried rose petals and parfumier’s violets too. Then we have the complex and, again, rather distinct fruit profile – black and sour cherries, brambles and mulberries, with a hint of grated dark chocolate (here more a spice that a source of sweetness) and liquorice root (similarly). This is cool and soft on the entry, with very refined tannins, the new wine-making facility seemingly taking this to a new level in terms of finesse. Lovely black cracked peppercorns and Asiatic spices bring further interest and detail. Overall, this is very balanced, harmonious and refined. The oak is less prevalent and the chewy grape-skin finish is long and gracious.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 92-94+ (TDB) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £390.47
Leoville Barton 2021 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,163.86
2021

Leoville Barton 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-96)

Léoville-Barton (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 13.1% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting and at Lagrange with very similar notes). A special vintage here in all kinds of way and a fitting tribute to the legendary creator of the modern history of this property. Graphite rods and pencil-shavings; dark black cherry and raspberry fruit; walnut oil; wild herbs, almost a wild garrigue herbal element. Wonderful sapidity on the long and rolling juicy fresh, cool and chewy finish. Great density and compactness and more delineation and pixilation than Langoa. This seems appropriately endless on the finish
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 93-96 (TDB) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,163.86
Leoville Barton 2021 (6x75cl)
£416.87
Inc. VAT: £416.87
2021

Leoville Barton 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-96)

Léoville-Barton (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 13.1% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting and at Lagrange with very similar notes). A special vintage here in all kinds of way and a fitting tribute to the legendary creator of the modern history of this property. Graphite rods and pencil-shavings; dark black cherry and raspberry fruit; walnut oil; wild herbs, almost a wild garrigue herbal element. Wonderful sapidity on the long and rolling juicy fresh, cool and chewy finish. Great density and compactness and more delineation and pixilation than Langoa. This seems appropriately endless on the finish
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-96 (TDB) Read Review/Description £416.87
Inc. VAT: £416.87
Leoville Las Cases 2021 (12x75cl)

£2,365 - £2,838

2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,365 - £2,838

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Leoville Las Cases 2021 (3x75cl)

£600 - £720

2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (3x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!

Bordeaux 3x75cl - 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£600 - £720

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Leoville Las Cases 2021 (6x75cl)
£1,186.07
Inc. VAT: £1,186.07
2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!
Estimated Arrival to France:
6-8 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description £1,186.07
Inc. VAT: £1,186.07
Leoville Poyferre 2021 (12x75cl)

£853 - £1,023

2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£853 - £1,023

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Leoville Poyferre 2021 (3x150cl)

£432 - £518

2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£432 - £518

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Leoville Poyferre 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £583.67
2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £583.67
Pichon Baron 2021 (6x75cl)
£808.07
Inc. VAT: £808.07
2021

Pichon Baron 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Blackcurrant, blueberry, violet and blackberry notes, as well as plenty of spices. Medium to full body with plenty of richness and blackcurrant and ink character. Tar and graphite, too. Precise and structured. Very Pichon Baron in nature here. 88% cabernet sauvignon.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description £808.07
Inc. VAT: £808.07
Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x150cl)

£450 - £540

2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£450 - £540

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Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £490.44
2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £490.44
Pichon Lalande 2021 (6x75cl)
£980.87
Inc. VAT: £980.87
2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description £980.87
Inc. VAT: £980.87
Rauzan-Gassies 2021 (12x75cl)

£435 - £522

2021

Rauzan-Gassies 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (90-92+)

Rauzan-Gassies (Margaux; 78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% Merlot; 13% alcohol; a final yield of 36 hl/ha; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). This is a lot better than it used to be – but it still has a little way to go to match its hallowed status in the classification. This is promising on the nose (if not as open or expressive as many), with a pleasing hint of cedar that wraps itself nicely around the red and black cherry fruit. Yet the tannins, though initially soft and gentle, are a little aggressive on the finish which feels just a touch raw and abrasive. That is a shame as there is substance and depth here and a charm and freshness that I have not witnessed in recent vintages. A work in progress.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 90-92+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£435 - £522

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Brane-Cantenac 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £282.00
2021

Brane-Cantenac 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2021 Brane-Cantenac notably marries fruit intensity with energy and structure. There is an exotic richness to the 2021 that is impossible to miss. Kirsch, red plum, blood orange, cinnamon, new leather and spice all meld together. The 2021 is bold, sumptuous and alluring. There is certainly a lot to look forward to. The oak needs to fully integrate, but that is what élevage is for. Brane-Cantenac was impressive on both occasions I tasted it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £282.00
Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x150cl)

£297 - £356

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£297 - £356

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x300cl)

£623 - £747

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x300cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£623 - £747

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x600cl)

£1,227 - £1,472

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (1x600cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,227 - £1,472

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x150cl)

£898 - £1,077

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£898 - £1,077

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x300cl)

£1,895 - £2,274

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (3x300cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 3x300cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,895 - £2,274

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x150cl)

£1,799 - £2,159

2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x150cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£1,799 - £2,159

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Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £857.00
2021

Cos d'Estournel 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

This vintage, which can be overly straight and austere, benefits from the house style of Cos, where they are happy to add a twist of gourmet glamour, and I am seriously impressed with this wine. It showcases the successful sides of a cool vintage in spades, with bitter black chocolate, cool blue fruits, lemongrass and turmeric and black pepper spices. 55% new oak. 3.79ph. 53% of overall production is for the 1st wine, the rest in Pagodes. Easily one of the wines of the vintage.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 9 96 (JA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £857.00
Doisy Daene 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£143 - £171

2021

Doisy Daene 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Doisy-Daëne is fabulous. Sweet floral notes, orchard fruit, mint and passionfruit all lend notable flavor intensity. The 2021 is rich and unctuous, but not at all heavy. It is a fabulous example of both the château and vintage.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£143 - £171

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Doisy Daene 2021 (6x75cl)

£143 - £171

2021

Doisy Daene 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Doisy-Daëne is fabulous. Sweet floral notes, orchard fruit, mint and passionfruit all lend notable flavor intensity. The 2021 is rich and unctuous, but not at all heavy. It is a fabulous example of both the château and vintage.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£143 - £171

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Doisy Vedrines 2021 (6x75cl)

£280 - £336

2021

Doisy Vedrines 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

Les Champs Libres hits it out of the park in 2021. Gunsmoke opener, followed by structured white peach, pear, sage, crushed rocks, green apple, pummice stone slate and liquourice bud, with a squeeze of sweeter citrus pureee as it opens up in the mid palate. A truly great white that doesn't try too hard to impress, and is content to take its time. Savoury, mouthwatering, delicious. Harvest September 9 to 11. 100% aged in barrels.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 96 (JA) Read Review/Description

£280 - £336

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,496.10
2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,496.10
Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x300cl)

£663 - £795

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x300cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£663 - £795

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x600cl)

£1,307 - £1,568

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (1x600cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£1,307 - £1,568

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (3x150cl)

£958 - £1,149

2021

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2021 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past, as it is nearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and leather are some of the myriad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak, often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£958 - £1,149

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Gruaud Larose 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £430.00
2021

Gruaud Larose 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Gruaud Larose (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Merlot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 12.5% alcohol; tasted between appointments at the property with Arnaud Frédéric and, later, at Lagrange with consistent if initially rather hastily written notes). I had some trouble tracking down a sample as this was not presented at the UGC press tasting at the Cité du Vin. But I am really pleased that I persisted as this is staggeringly brilliant and definitely one of the wines of the vintage – as, indeed, it was in 2020 (not that many people tasted it en primeur either). A very dark cool-vintage Cabernet nose – of brambles and blackberry, with a touch of cassis that builds in the glass with aeration. There is great presence and intensity to the pure dark bright, fresh crunchy fruit in a deeply expressive and impressively aromatically striking nose. Thyme, freshly plucked from the stalk, a stony minerality, and graphite and pencil-shavings. On the palate, this is plunge-pool deep, dense and compact yet with a wondrously graceful lift and elegance to it. Archetypally Gruaud Larose – with all that graphite minerality– but taken to a new level texturally. The 2021 is fabulously intense, deep dark and utterly captivating. There is incredible purity, great layering and pixilation, and yet a degree of density and profundity that is really rare in the vintage, even in St Julien. The bright aerial fruit provides loads of mid-palate interest. On the finish this is lively and racy, with a touch of cool menthol and a lovely grip from the tannins that ripple gloriously to a distant vanishing point, cleansing the palate as they do. This really flows and there is a brilliant tension between the tannins that want to strap the fruit to the compact linear spine and the exuberance of the fruit that glides and glistens in a brilliant sinuous crystalline river of fresh juiciness. This is right up there with Las Cases for me in this vintage.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £430.00
Lascombes 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £312.00
2021

Lascombes 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (92-94+)

Lascombes (Margaux; 50% Merlot; 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petit Verdot; a final yield of 41 hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; aging for around 18 months in oak, 60% of which is new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Ah, yes, Lascombes – it is immediately very familiar. One tunes in first to that signature wisteria and mimosa floral element, dried rose petals and parfumier’s violets too. Then we have the complex and, again, rather distinct fruit profile – black and sour cherries, brambles and mulberries, with a hint of grated dark chocolate (here more a spice that a source of sweetness) and liquorice root (similarly). This is cool and soft on the entry, with very refined tannins, the new wine-making facility seemingly taking this to a new level in terms of finesse. Lovely black cracked peppercorns and Asiatic spices bring further interest and detail. Overall, this is very balanced, harmonious and refined. The oak is less prevalent and the chewy grape-skin finish is long and gracious.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 92-94+ (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £312.00
Leoville Barton 2021 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £943.10
2021

Leoville Barton 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-96)

Léoville-Barton (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 13.1% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting and at Lagrange with very similar notes). A special vintage here in all kinds of way and a fitting tribute to the legendary creator of the modern history of this property. Graphite rods and pencil-shavings; dark black cherry and raspberry fruit; walnut oil; wild herbs, almost a wild garrigue herbal element. Wonderful sapidity on the long and rolling juicy fresh, cool and chewy finish. Great density and compactness and more delineation and pixilation than Langoa. This seems appropriately endless on the finish
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 93-96 (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £943.10
Leoville Barton 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £334.00
2021

Leoville Barton 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-96)

Léoville-Barton (St Julien; 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 13.1% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting and at Lagrange with very similar notes). A special vintage here in all kinds of way and a fitting tribute to the legendary creator of the modern history of this property. Graphite rods and pencil-shavings; dark black cherry and raspberry fruit; walnut oil; wild herbs, almost a wild garrigue herbal element. Wonderful sapidity on the long and rolling juicy fresh, cool and chewy finish. Great density and compactness and more delineation and pixilation than Langoa. This seems appropriately endless on the finish
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-96 (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £334.00
Leoville Las Cases 2021 (12x75cl)

£2,365 - £2,838

2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,365 - £2,838

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Leoville Las Cases 2021 (3x75cl)

£600 - £720

2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (3x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!

Bordeaux 3x75cl - 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£600 - £720

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Leoville Las Cases 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £975.00
2021

Leoville Las Cases 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (96-98)

Léoville Las Cases. (St Julien; 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot.; 13.2% alcohol; pH 3.71; IPT 77; tasted at the property). If you’ve ever wanted to know what Las Cases’ Cabernet would taste like without (most of) the Merlot, here’s your chance (and you can play the same game with most of the first growths too). The answer, in a word, is wonderful (and please don’t take that as a criticism of Las Cases’ Merlot in any other vintage). This is serene and profoundly beautiful on the nose. Cool, precise, elegant, suave and sophisticated, with an intense and gracious dark purple and black fruit. It is the very epitome of cool-summer Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) – and that, in a sense is the point. We have, too, the florality of the vintage – here violets and a more discrete sensation of spring flowers. With air on the nose – and, again, on the palate (especially when one draws in a little air) – there is an utterly divine intense presence of cedar that both envelops and somehow cosets the dark fruit. As beautiful a Las Cases as I have had the pleasure to taste en primeur and, for me, the wine of the appellation in the vintage. Like Margaux and, in a slightly different way, Lafite, it embraces and works with rather than struggles against the characteristics of the vintage. Tranquillity, cool perfection and supreme elegance. I find this quite an emotional La Cases. Stylistically, my favourite ever!
Estimated Arrival to France:
6-8 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-98 (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £975.00
Leoville Poyferre 2021 (12x75cl)

£853 - £1,023

2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£853 - £1,023

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Leoville Poyferre 2021 (3x150cl)

£432 - £518

2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£432 - £518

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Leoville Poyferre 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £473.00
2021

Leoville Poyferre 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-97)

The top wine, the 2021 Château Léoville Poyferré is a beauty and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% alcohol (with an IPT of 78 and a pH of 3.85), its dense purple hue is followed by a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Saint-Julien that has terrific purity of fruit, notes of cassis, violets, and spicy wood, ripe tannins, and remarkable overall balance. It brings more richness and depth than most in the vintage and is unquestionably going to offer tons of pleasure over the coming 20-25 years.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 94-97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £473.00
Pichon Baron 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £660.00
2021

Pichon Baron 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Blackcurrant, blueberry, violet and blackberry notes, as well as plenty of spices. Medium to full body with plenty of richness and blackcurrant and ink character. Tar and graphite, too. Precise and structured. Very Pichon Baron in nature here. 88% cabernet sauvignon.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £660.00
Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x150cl)

£450 - £540

2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£450 - £540

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Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £402.00
2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (3x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £402.00
Pichon Lalande 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £804.00
2021

Pichon Lalande 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (96-98)

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good. The 2021 Pichon Comtesse is epic and certainly among the great wines of this vintage. Sadly, the coulure and mildew in the first year of organic farming plus dehydration at the end of the growing season took with it fully two thirds of the crop. In other words, there's not much wine to go around. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, yet clocking in at 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is beautifully layered and totally sensual from the very first taste. Hints of red fruit, flowers, mint, white pepper and dried savory herbs develop with a bit of coaxing. The Cabernet Sauvignon, at 88%, is very high by historical standards. Quite simply, the 2021 is a tour de force from Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau and his team. If there is one wine readers will absolutely jump on en primeur it is Pichon Comtesse. Should the bottled wine turn out as well as this sample, pricing is likely to jump materially because of the tiny production. Don't miss it.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £804.00
Rauzan-Gassies 2021 (12x75cl)

£435 - £522

2021

Rauzan-Gassies 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (90-92+)

Rauzan-Gassies (Margaux; 78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% Merlot; 13% alcohol; a final yield of 36 hl/ha; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). This is a lot better than it used to be – but it still has a little way to go to match its hallowed status in the classification. This is promising on the nose (if not as open or expressive as many), with a pleasing hint of cedar that wraps itself nicely around the red and black cherry fruit. Yet the tannins, though initially soft and gentle, are a little aggressive on the finish which feels just a touch raw and abrasive. That is a shame as there is substance and depth here and a charm and freshness that I have not witnessed in recent vintages. A work in progress.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 90-92+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£435 - £522

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