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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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Beau-Sejour Becot 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£540 - £648

2021

Beau-Sejour Becot 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Beau-Séjour-Bécot is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted here. Pliant and deep, with striking depth, the 2021 is outrageously beautiful. All the elements come together so effortlessly. Dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and incense all build in the glass. The creamy tannins are impossibly refined for the year, while the finish is eternal. The 2021 is a real stunner. Readers won't want to miss it!

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£540 - £648

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Beaumont 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£136 - £163

2021

Beaumont 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Jancis Robinson (15.5)

Fruity with red- and dark-fruit aromas. Supple and easy-going on the palate. Light structure but fine tannins. Pleasant early drinking.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 15.5 (JR) Read Review/Description

£136 - £163

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£404 - £485

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£404 - £485

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Coutet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£313 - £375

2021

Coutet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Fantastic energy and length to this young Sauternes, with dried-apple, apple-pie, spice and cinnamon character . Medium body, medium sweetness and a vibrant finish.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£313 - £375

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D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£506 - £607

2021

D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£506 - £607

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Guiraud 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£369 - £443

2021

Guiraud 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous ()

There is no Guiraud in 2021 due to frost, though they managed to eke out a dry white ("G”).

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£369 - £443

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La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£720 - £864

2021

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Nicely firm and structured with a tight core of blackberry, stone and bark with some graphite. Grainy, firm tannins. Fresh and focused finish. 51.3% merlot, 45.2% cabernet sauvignon and 3.5% cabernet franc.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£720 - £864

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La Dominique 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£420 - £504

2021

La Dominique 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Blackberry, walnut and crushed-stone aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate with medium, round tannins and a juicy, pretty finish. Polished and fine for the vintage.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£420 - £504

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Lafon-Rochet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£339 - £407

2021

Lafon-Rochet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A firm and linear wine with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Medium body. Creamy. Focused for the vintage. Turns to plums and citrus at the end. From organically grown grapes. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£339 - £407

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Pavie-Macquin 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£690 - £828

2021

Pavie-Macquin 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

Lots of blackberry and inky character to this year. Always refined and polished with lovely length and medium body. 79% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£690 - £828

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Pichon Comtesse Reserve 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£419 - £503

2021

Pichon Comtesse Reserve 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Réserve de la Comtesse is a seriously great wine in its peer group. Or any peer group. Rich and layered, with no hard edges and compelling balance, the 2021 opens beautifully in the glass. Savory accents run through a core of black cherry and plum fruit, with hints of gravel, spice and leather that develop later. This year's blend includes 14% reserve wine, but that is not especially evident. I don't think I have ever tasted a more refined Réserve de la Comtesse. Superb.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£419 - £503

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Quintus 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£844 - £1,013

2021

Quintus 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

Extremely focused and refined, with firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium-bodied with lovely length and juiciness. Blackberry and earth with mushroom and bark. Hints of orange peel, too. 68.2% merlot, 31.3% cabernet franc and 0.5% malbec.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£844 - £1,013

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Senejac 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£130 - £156

2021

Senejac 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (88-90)

The 2021 Sénéjac opens with strong Cabernet inflections. Deep and also quite sturdy, Sénéjac is promising. Pipe tobacco, cedar, mint, spice and dried herbs linger on the somewhat rustic finish. Let's see how this comes together.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 88-90 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£130 - £156

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Beau-Sejour Becot 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£540 - £648

2021

Beau-Sejour Becot 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Beau-Séjour-Bécot is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted here. Pliant and deep, with striking depth, the 2021 is outrageously beautiful. All the elements come together so effortlessly. Dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and incense all build in the glass. The creamy tannins are impossibly refined for the year, while the finish is eternal. The 2021 is a real stunner. Readers won't want to miss it!

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-97 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£540 - £648

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Beaumont 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£136 - £163

2021

Beaumont 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Jancis Robinson (15.5)

Fruity with red- and dark-fruit aromas. Supple and easy-going on the palate. Light structure but fine tannins. Pleasant early drinking.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 15.5 (JR) Read Review/Description

£136 - £163

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£404 - £485

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£404 - £485

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Coutet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£313 - £375

2021

Coutet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Fantastic energy and length to this young Sauternes, with dried-apple, apple-pie, spice and cinnamon character . Medium body, medium sweetness and a vibrant finish.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£313 - £375

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£506 - £607

2021

D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£506 - £607

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Guiraud 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£369 - £443

2021

Guiraud 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous ()

There is no Guiraud in 2021 due to frost, though they managed to eke out a dry white ("G”).

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£369 - £443

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£720 - £864

2021

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Nicely firm and structured with a tight core of blackberry, stone and bark with some graphite. Grainy, firm tannins. Fresh and focused finish. 51.3% merlot, 45.2% cabernet sauvignon and 3.5% cabernet franc.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£720 - £864

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
La Dominique 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£420 - £504

2021

La Dominique 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Blackberry, walnut and crushed-stone aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate with medium, round tannins and a juicy, pretty finish. Polished and fine for the vintage.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£420 - £504

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Lafon-Rochet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£339 - £407

2021

Lafon-Rochet 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A firm and linear wine with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Medium body. Creamy. Focused for the vintage. Turns to plums and citrus at the end. From organically grown grapes. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£339 - £407

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Pavie-Macquin 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£690 - £828

2021

Pavie-Macquin 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

Lots of blackberry and inky character to this year. Always refined and polished with lovely length and medium body. 79% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£690 - £828

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Pichon Comtesse Reserve 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£419 - £503

2021

Pichon Comtesse Reserve 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Réserve de la Comtesse is a seriously great wine in its peer group. Or any peer group. Rich and layered, with no hard edges and compelling balance, the 2021 opens beautifully in the glass. Savory accents run through a core of black cherry and plum fruit, with hints of gravel, spice and leather that develop later. This year's blend includes 14% reserve wine, but that is not especially evident. I don't think I have ever tasted a more refined Réserve de la Comtesse. Superb.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£419 - £503

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Quintus 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£844 - £1,013

2021

Quintus 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

Extremely focused and refined, with firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium-bodied with lovely length and juiciness. Blackberry and earth with mushroom and bark. Hints of orange peel, too. 68.2% merlot, 31.3% cabernet franc and 0.5% malbec.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£844 - £1,013

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Senejac 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£130 - £156

2021

Senejac 2021 (24x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (88-90)

The 2021 Sénéjac opens with strong Cabernet inflections. Deep and also quite sturdy, Sénéjac is promising. Pipe tobacco, cedar, mint, spice and dried herbs linger on the somewhat rustic finish. Let's see how this comes together.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 88-90 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£130 - £156

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later

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