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
Coutet (St Emilion) 2021 (6x75cl)

£180 - £216

2021

Coutet (St Emilion) 2021 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£180 - £216

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
Haut Rocher 2021 (6x75cl)

£100 - £120

2021

Haut Rocher 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (89-91)

Another well-made Saint-Emilion that's going to offer plenty of pleasure is the 2021 Château Haut Rocher, a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Black raspberries, spicy oak, loamy earth, and some tobacco notes give way to a medium-bodied, balanced, up-front, nicely textured effort that will have 10-12 years of longevity.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 89-91 (JD) Read Review/Description

£100 - £120

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L'If 2021 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £450.84
2021

L'If 2021 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A serious and saline red with blue fruit, cloves, iodine and black licorice. Oyster shells, too. Medium to full bodied with fine, firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Focused. 79% merlot and 21% cabernet franc.
Estimated Arrival to France:
6-8 months

Bordeaux 3x75cl 10 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £450.84
L'If 2021 (6x75cl)
£899.27
Inc. VAT: £899.27
2021

L'If 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A serious and saline red with blue fruit, cloves, iodine and black licorice. Oyster shells, too. Medium to full bodied with fine, firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Focused. 79% merlot and 21% cabernet franc.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description £899.27
Inc. VAT: £899.27
Le Dome 2021 (6x75cl)
£844.07
Inc. VAT: £844.07
2021

Le Dome 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

Restrained, savoury, deep and rich. Cocoa powder and liquorice bud character on the attack, this is extremely good quality and one of the wines of the vintage. Has walls and floors, is concentrated yet supple and needs ageing. Cabernet Franc is a grape that tends to shuts down in the early years and this will do so, so I suggest giving it a few years in bottle before opening, but there are ripe, seductive fruits here and it is punching above the vintage conditions. Michel Longo new vineyard manager (moving over from Pavie), Thomas Duclos consultant, Neil Whyte head winemaker. No Pontet Labrie, Le Carre nor Les Astéries in the range this year. First year in the new €14 million new winery, designed by Sir Norman Foster. No chaptilisation, very late harvest into 3rd week of October.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 96 (JA) Read Review/Description £844.07
Inc. VAT: £844.07
Le Nardian 2021 (6x75cl)

£118 - £141

2021

Le Nardian 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

The white 2021 Le Nardian might just be the best yet, made in a lively, fresh style while still showing good concentration. Based on 70% Sauvignon, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle, it's medium-bodied, has a floral, exotic style, plenty of minerality, and classic tangerine and peach-like fruit. This clean, vibrant, balanced white will drink nicely for 4-6 years, if not longer.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£118 - £141

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
Les Angelots de Gracia 2021 (6x75cl)

£210 - £252

2021

Les Angelots de Gracia 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

Medium body with dried-herb, blackberry, iodine and bark character. Firm, fine tannins. Savory. Firm and focused finish.

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

£210 - £252

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
Les Gravieres 2021 (6x75cl)

£98 - £117

2021

Les Gravieres 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

A medium-to full-bodied red with a perfumed array of blueberries, lavender, walnuts and some spice notes. Firm, plush tannins. Good depth.

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

£98 - £117

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
Magrez Fombrauge 2021 (6x75cl)

£120 - £144

2021

Magrez Fombrauge 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

The 2021 Château Magrez Fombrauge has a wonderful sense of purity in its darker fruits as well as more spicy, subtly oaky nuances. Medium-bodied, silky, polished, and balanced on the palate, it has quality tannins and a great finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£120 - £144

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
Sichel Saint Emilion 2021 (6x75cl)

£108 - £130

2021

Sichel Saint Emilion 2021 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£108 - £130

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
Teyssier 2021 (6x75cl)

£80 - £96

2021

Teyssier 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

A fresh and bright wine with orange-peel character. Medium body. Clean and lively. Balanced.

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

£80 - £96

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
Coutet (St Emilion) 2021 (6x75cl)

£180 - £216

2021

Coutet (St Emilion) 2021 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£180 - £216

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
Haut Rocher 2021 (6x75cl)

£100 - £120

2021

Haut Rocher 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (89-91)

Another well-made Saint-Emilion that's going to offer plenty of pleasure is the 2021 Château Haut Rocher, a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Black raspberries, spicy oak, loamy earth, and some tobacco notes give way to a medium-bodied, balanced, up-front, nicely textured effort that will have 10-12 years of longevity.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 89-91 (JD) Read Review/Description

£100 - £120

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
L'If 2021 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £369.00
2021

L'If 2021 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A serious and saline red with blue fruit, cloves, iodine and black licorice. Oyster shells, too. Medium to full bodied with fine, firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Focused. 79% merlot and 21% cabernet franc.
Estimated Arrival to France:
6-8 months

Bordeaux 3x75cl 10 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £369.00
L'If 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £736.00
2021

L'If 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A serious and saline red with blue fruit, cloves, iodine and black licorice. Oyster shells, too. Medium to full bodied with fine, firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Focused. 79% merlot and 21% cabernet franc.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £736.00
Le Dome 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £690.00
2021

Le Dome 2021 (6x75cl)

Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (96)

Restrained, savoury, deep and rich. Cocoa powder and liquorice bud character on the attack, this is extremely good quality and one of the wines of the vintage. Has walls and floors, is concentrated yet supple and needs ageing. Cabernet Franc is a grape that tends to shuts down in the early years and this will do so, so I suggest giving it a few years in bottle before opening, but there are ripe, seductive fruits here and it is punching above the vintage conditions. Michel Longo new vineyard manager (moving over from Pavie), Thomas Duclos consultant, Neil Whyte head winemaker. No Pontet Labrie, Le Carre nor Les Astéries in the range this year. First year in the new €14 million new winery, designed by Sir Norman Foster. No chaptilisation, very late harvest into 3rd week of October.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 96 (JA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £690.00
Le Nardian 2021 (6x75cl)

£118 - £141

2021

Le Nardian 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

The white 2021 Le Nardian might just be the best yet, made in a lively, fresh style while still showing good concentration. Based on 70% Sauvignon, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle, it's medium-bodied, has a floral, exotic style, plenty of minerality, and classic tangerine and peach-like fruit. This clean, vibrant, balanced white will drink nicely for 4-6 years, if not longer.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£118 - £141

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
Les Angelots de Gracia 2021 (6x75cl)

£210 - £252

2021

Les Angelots de Gracia 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

Medium body with dried-herb, blackberry, iodine and bark character. Firm, fine tannins. Savory. Firm and focused finish.

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

£210 - £252

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
Les Gravieres 2021 (6x75cl)

£98 - £117

2021

Les Gravieres 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

A medium-to full-bodied red with a perfumed array of blueberries, lavender, walnuts and some spice notes. Firm, plush tannins. Good depth.

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

£98 - £117

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
Magrez Fombrauge 2021 (6x75cl)

£120 - £144

2021

Magrez Fombrauge 2021 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

The 2021 Château Magrez Fombrauge has a wonderful sense of purity in its darker fruits as well as more spicy, subtly oaky nuances. Medium-bodied, silky, polished, and balanced on the palate, it has quality tannins and a great finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£120 - £144

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
Sichel Saint Emilion 2021 (6x75cl)

£108 - £130

2021

Sichel Saint Emilion 2021 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£108 - £130

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
Teyssier 2021 (6x75cl)

£80 - £96

2021

Teyssier 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (90-91)

A fresh and bright wine with orange-peel character. Medium body. Clean and lively. Balanced.

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

£80 - £96

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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