It is being heralded as another fine Bordeaux vintage with early comparisons made between the new crop of wines and the best vintages of the past two decades, but the 2019 growing season provided its own flight of hurdles for growers to overcome.
While there weren’t the hard frosts of 2017, nor the mildew that plagued the spring of 2018, nerves were frayed throughout the long season, from an early budburst and soggy weather at flowering, to a heatwave and near-drought during July. Fortunately, at the eleventh hour, much-needed rains gave the vines what they needed to reach full maturity. As a result, the season culminated in a crop that was ripe, dense and fresh.
On both the Cabernet-dominant Left Bank and the Merlot-laden Right Bank, wine lovers will discover deeply coloured reds, packed with concentration and rich, ripe tannins, which will imbue these wines with longevity as well as offering fruit-filled seduction in youth.
2019 is looking set to be another modern classic from Bordeaux, continuing a string of exceptional vintages. The region’s finest have been impressing for centuries but if you need more convincing of Bordeaux’s superlative quality, 2019 provides conclusive evidence.
Unfortunately, the timing of their release is much less certain. We will keep you up to date with every release, as and when they happen...