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
Alcee 2021 (6x75cl)

£66 - £79

2021

Alcee 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

Some pretty spice notes here, with licorice, clove and blue and black berries. Medium-bodied with a creamy and plush tannin texture. Supple finish. Sea salt at the end. 91% merlot and 9% cabernet franc.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-92 (JS) Read Review/Description

£66 - £79

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Aurage 2021 (6x75cl)

£118 - £142

2021

Aurage 2021 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (16)

Less obviously seductive but rich and sweet with chalky, dry tannins. Plenty of matière. Follows the house style.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 16 (JR) Read Review/Description

£118 - £142

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Clos Puy Arnaud 2021 (6x75cl)

£123 - £147

2021

Clos Puy Arnaud 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (88-90+)

The 2021 Clos Puy Arnaud is terrific, with a dense purple hue to go with impressive red and blue fruits as well as notes of integrated oak, flowers, and leafy herbs. Balanced, ripe, and textured, it's rock solid. The blend is 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 88-90+ (JD) Read Review/Description

£123 - £147

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D'Aiguilhe 2021 (6x75cl)

£83 - £99

2021

D'Aiguilhe 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

A pretty texture to this wine with sliced lemon, green apple and fresh celery. Grapefruit and nougat, too. Medium body. Sancerre-like. Sauvignon blanc. Drink now.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£83 - £99

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
Joanin Becot 2021 (6x75cl)

£60 - £72

2021

Joanin Becot 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

A juicy red with plum, coffee and light tobacco character. Medium-bodied with medium, round tannins and a savory finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 90-91 (JS) Read Review/Description

£60 - £72

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
Montlandrie 2021 (6x75cl)

£93 - £111

2021

Montlandrie 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

Perfumed and vibrant already, with a ripe, textured and creamy tannin frame. Pretty blue and purple fruit. Juicy finish. Salty. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£93 - £111

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
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alcee 2021 (6x75cl)

£66 - £79

2021

Alcee 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

Some pretty spice notes here, with licorice, clove and blue and black berries. Medium-bodied with a creamy and plush tannin texture. Supple finish. Sea salt at the end. 91% merlot and 9% cabernet franc.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-92 (JS) Read Review/Description

£66 - £79

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
Aurage 2021 (6x75cl)

£118 - £142

2021

Aurage 2021 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (16)

Less obviously seductive but rich and sweet with chalky, dry tannins. Plenty of matière. Follows the house style.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 16 (JR) Read Review/Description

£118 - £142

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
Clos Puy Arnaud 2021 (6x75cl)

£123 - £147

2021

Clos Puy Arnaud 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (88-90+)

The 2021 Clos Puy Arnaud is terrific, with a dense purple hue to go with impressive red and blue fruits as well as notes of integrated oak, flowers, and leafy herbs. Balanced, ripe, and textured, it's rock solid. The blend is 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 88-90+ (JD) Read Review/Description

£123 - £147

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'Aiguilhe 2021 (6x75cl)

£83 - £99

2021

D'Aiguilhe 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

A pretty texture to this wine with sliced lemon, green apple and fresh celery. Grapefruit and nougat, too. Medium body. Sancerre-like. Sauvignon blanc. Drink now.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£83 - £99

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
Joanin Becot 2021 (6x75cl)

£60 - £72

2021

Joanin Becot 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

A juicy red with plum, coffee and light tobacco character. Medium-bodied with medium, round tannins and a savory finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 90-91 (JS) Read Review/Description

£60 - £72

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
Montlandrie 2021 (6x75cl)

£93 - £111

2021

Montlandrie 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

Perfumed and vibrant already, with a ripe, textured and creamy tannin frame. Pretty blue and purple fruit. Juicy finish. Salty. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£93 - £111

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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