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
Carlmagnus 2021 (6x75cl)

£53 - £64

2021

Carlmagnus 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (89-90)

A medium-bodied, fruity and crunchy red with firm, grainy tannins. Notes of currants, violets and lemon zest. Rustic, chalky tannins. May soften.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 89-90 (JS) Read Review/Description

£53 - £64

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Croix Canon 2021 (12x75cl)

£277 - £332

2021

Croix Canon 2021 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

A very balanced and fresh red with blackberry, chocolate and subtle hints of cappuccino. Medium body, very fine tannins and lovely length.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£277 - £332

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Croix Canon 2021 (3x150cl)

£160 - £192

2021

Croix Canon 2021 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

A very balanced and fresh red with blackberry, chocolate and subtle hints of cappuccino. Medium body, very fine tannins and lovely length.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £192

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Dalem 2021 (6x75cl)

£93 - £111

2021

Dalem 2021 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (16.5+)

Cask sample. Roasted coffee and violets, cocoa and crushed blackberries. A rich and rounded palate, nicely structured with firm, detailed tannins and excellent freshness. Not hugely concentrated but very enjoyable and promising.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 16.5+ (JR) Read Review/Description

£93 - £111

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Fontenil 2021 (6x75cl)

£100 - £120

2021

Fontenil 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

Blackberry and orange peel. Medium body with fine tannins that integrate nicely into the wine and provide finesse and energy.

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

£100 - £120

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La Dauphine 2021 (6x75cl)

£150 - £180

2021

La Dauphine 2021 (6x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (91-93)

The 2021 Château de La Dauphine has an energetic bouquet of perfumed black cherries, cassis fruit and light violet aromas; there’s good presence here. The palate is quite structured, delivering insistent grip, impressive salinity and a very harmonious finish. It might just lack a bit of persistence, but otherwise this is a very fine Fronsac.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-93 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£150 - £180

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 Vieille Cure 2021 (6x75cl)

£88 - £106

2021

La Vieille Cure 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

A fine-textured red with blackberries, black olives and hints of spice. Medium body. Creamy. Crunchy.

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

£88 - £106

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
Carlmagnus 2021 (6x75cl)

£53 - £64

2021

Carlmagnus 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (89-90)

A medium-bodied, fruity and crunchy red with firm, grainy tannins. Notes of currants, violets and lemon zest. Rustic, chalky tannins. May soften.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 89-90 (JS) Read Review/Description

£53 - £64

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
Croix Canon 2021 (12x75cl)

£277 - £332

2021

Croix Canon 2021 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

A very balanced and fresh red with blackberry, chocolate and subtle hints of cappuccino. Medium body, very fine tannins and lovely length.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£277 - £332

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
Croix Canon 2021 (3x150cl)

£160 - £192

2021

Croix Canon 2021 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

A very balanced and fresh red with blackberry, chocolate and subtle hints of cappuccino. Medium body, very fine tannins and lovely length.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £192

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
Dalem 2021 (6x75cl)

£93 - £111

2021

Dalem 2021 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (16.5+)

Cask sample. Roasted coffee and violets, cocoa and crushed blackberries. A rich and rounded palate, nicely structured with firm, detailed tannins and excellent freshness. Not hugely concentrated but very enjoyable and promising.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 16.5+ (JR) 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
Fontenil 2021 (6x75cl)

£100 - £120

2021

Fontenil 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

Blackberry and orange peel. Medium body with fine tannins that integrate nicely into the wine and provide finesse and energy.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-92 (JS) 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
La Dauphine 2021 (6x75cl)

£150 - £180

2021

La Dauphine 2021 (6x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (91-93)

The 2021 Château de La Dauphine has an energetic bouquet of perfumed black cherries, cassis fruit and light violet aromas; there’s good presence here. The palate is quite structured, delivering insistent grip, impressive salinity and a very harmonious finish. It might just lack a bit of persistence, but otherwise this is a very fine Fronsac.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-93 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£150 - £180

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 Vieille Cure 2021 (6x75cl)

£88 - £106

2021

La Vieille Cure 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (91-92)

A fine-textured red with blackberries, black olives and hints of spice. Medium body. Creamy. Crunchy.

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

£88 - £106

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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