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Bordeaux 2021

Vintage Report Bordeaux 2021

Vingt-et-un… the luck of the draw.

After two years tasting in gardens and via zoom, our recent primeurs trip marked a welcome return to Bordeaux. In truth, we had no expectations about this vintage. Unusually, chateaux have been playing their cards close to their chests, so we approached with no preconceptions.

A few points on the tastings themselves. The UGC calendar was delayed by about three weeks. This move has been welcomed. The extra time in barrel (even a couple of weeks) makes the wines much easier to assess. Our whole UK Private Client Team, as well as five Buyers, spent four days tasting barrel samples. Some might consider this overkill; however, for an advice-based business like Justerinis, we feel that this is essential. We believe salespeople need first-hand tasting experience in order to inform and advise. This is particularly valuable in vintages like 2021.

2021 threw just about everything at winemakers: frost, mildew, lack of sunshine and the threat of rain at harvest; yet those who manged the conditions and held their nerve have been rewarded with something quite ravishing and unique. It would be easy to write off a vintage like 2021 based on meteorological data, but that would be a disservice. While it requires some attention, there are undoubtedly many wines collectors will want in their cellars.

2021 Releases

21 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: La Fleur Pétrus & Bélair Monange

Year after year we enthuse about the flagship Moueix wines, La Fleur Petrus and Belair Monange. Yet again, they rank amongst the best wines of their respective appellations. In particular, Belair Monange really shines in 2021. The old vineyards of Belair and Magdelaine occupy some of the finest terroir on the Côte of St Emilion, and under the gaze of the meticulous Moueix family are realising their promise. There’s an intensity and class here that speaks of the finest limestone soils. Layers of ravishing, aromatic fruit unfurl on the palate – it is clearly one of the standout wines of the vintage. As ever, La Fleur Petrus is a glorious and powerful example with a long and distinguished future ahead. If you’re not already a fan of these labels, we recommend seeking them out and adding them to your cellars.

20 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Vieux Château Certan

Vieux Château Certan is once again one of the must buy wines of the vintage. Over the past decade, VCC has consistently ranked amongst our, and many critics’ choices for best in show. Unsurprisingly, Alexandre and Guillaume have achieved the same honour with their 2021. Described by Neal Martin as “pure class” and a “spectacular tour de force” by Antonio Galloni, we were equally enthused. This is a perfect marriage of Merlot texture and Cabernet aromas. The ensemble is spectacular, a wine that builds and flourishes gradually, revealing layers of flavours, enticing the senses and gripping one’s attention. As Mr Galloni asserts, anyone who “can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical.” As ever with VCC, we expect demand to outstrip supply, so please contact your account manager if you would like to submit for an allocation.

17 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Figeac and La Conseillante

It’s customary to save the best ‘til last, so as the campaign nears its end, we are delighted to offer two of the most illustrious and highest scoring wines of the right bank: Figeac and La Conseillante.

16 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: The Haut Brion Stable

The Clarence Dillon stable is released this morning and it is a magnificent range of wines. The team were split as to which of the grand vins they preferred. Some fell for the brooding power and gravitas of Haut Brion while others (and the split was near 50:50) delighted in the floral accented Cabernet perfume of La Mission. William Kelley is in the Haut Brion camp, highlighting it as a potential wine of the vintage. In our view either could be contenders for the crown.

15 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Ducru Beaucaillou, Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pape Clement, Beausejour Duffau & Clinet

Bruno Borie takes top billing today with his marvellous 2021 Ducru Beaucaillou. Despite a prolonged tasting at the end of an arduous day, Ducru still managed to thrill. As uncompromising as ever, the selection was brutal, resulting in 40% less wine on the market. Dark and brooding, this is a Cabernet masterclass, packed with cassis and graphite notes. There’s something reminiscent of the 1996 and 2000 vintages, but with a more refined tannic profile. It should evolve into a ravishing Ducru.

Col. Vint.
Wine / Producer  Appellation / Region
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Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse
  2021
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6x75cl - - £540.00 ep Buy
Château Clinet
  2021
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6x75cl - - £399.00 ep Buy
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
  2021
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6x75cl - - £123.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - £195.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - £954.00 ep Buy
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Château Pape Clément
  2021
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6x75cl - - £581.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - £370.00 ep Buy

14 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Margaux, L’Eglise Clinet and Haut Bailly

Château Margaux is evidently one of the stars of the vintage. What’s not to love about this wine? It has it all, glorious fragrant aromas, layers of sumptuous, crystal-clear fruit and a long, mouth-watering finish. This is a hugely impressive wine. Aurélien explained that the IPT is on a par with the 2019, so despite the appearance of silky, almost imperceptible tannins, this is a serious, long-term creation. Alas, volumes are down 20%, so expect some competition.

13 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Mouton Rothschild, Cos d’Estournel, Smith Haut Lafitte, Larcis Ducasse & affiliates

We kick off the week with one of the most revered names in the Médoc, Mouton Rothschild. This bastion of Pauillac has been on fine form, producing many hundred-point wines. The 2021 is an atypical style, which reflects the vintage conditions beautifully. It’s more approachable and floral than the usually introspective samples we’ve come to expect, with a charm and flow that really excites the palate. Alas, yields are again lower (a seemingly perennial problem) due to climatic conditions and a draconian selection.

Col. Vint.
Wine / Producer  Appellation / Region
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Château Cos d'Estournel
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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6x75cl - - £858.00 ep Buy
Château Larcis-Ducasse
  2021
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6x75cl - - £329.00 ep Buy
Château Mouton Rothschild
  2021
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6x75cl - - £546.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - £1,020.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - £2,550.00 ep Buy
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
  2021
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6x75cl - - £151.00 ep Buy
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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6x75cl - - £545.00 ep Buy

11 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pichon Baron is one of the most consistent and high achieving châteaux in the Médoc. We’ve learnt not to write these wines off from barrel. Yes, sometimes they don’t shine like their neighbour’s, but some sort of alchemy occurs during élevage. This has been borne out time and again at Southwold tastings, where Pichon Baron is a perennial overachiever. The fact that the 2021 was outstanding at this early stage bodes well. William Kelley describes it as “One of the real successes of the vintage, readers who overlook this wine will live to regret it”.

10 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Ausone, Pichon Comtesse, Beychevelle, Brane-Cantenac & Léoville Poyferré

It’s been another busy day on the Place de Bordeaux. Straight out of the blocks came a firm favourite for the wine of the vintage, Château Ausone. A photo finish couldn’t separate this from Lafleur. Alas, yields are miniscule, so the allocation process will be more complicated than ever…

09 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Canon, Rauzan Segla and Berliquet

Under the supervision of Nicolas Audebert, Canon and Rauzan Segla have become the darlings of the primeurs line-up. This elegant Chanel owned pairing has been joined by Berliquet, which also looks destined for stardom.

08 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Montrose

One of the greatest wines of the Médoc, Montrose 2021 is clearly a wine of First Growth promise. Hervé Berland and his formidable team continue to push the boundaries, achieving new levels of refinement and purity. We were wowed by the precise, fragrant, Cabernet style – this is a wine of exceptional clarity and underlying power. We expect Montrose to excel in warm, dry vintages, but the 2021 is proof that this chateau can be equally compelling in cooler vintages. If anyone needed further persuasion, Hervé has released the 2021 at £680 per 6, some 11% less than the 2020. Anyone looking for classical, refined, high quality claret should give this serious consideration; this may end up being one of the best value buys of the campaign.

01 June 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Lynch Bages, Grand Puy Lacoste, Branaire Ducru & Talbot

There seems to be a rush to release before the Jubilee celebrations get underway. Today, we’ve already received news from four favourites in Pauillac and St Julien. Lynch Bages takes top billing with its beautiful rendition of 2021, which to some commentators resembles a modern-day return to their great wines of the 1980s. It’s a more elegant, less muscular style than of late; beautifully integrated, full of verve, this should be a joy to drink in a decade, and last for several more.

27 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Lafleur

We are delighted to announce the release of the entire 2021 portfolio from the Guinaudeau family: Château Lafleur, Les Pensées, Les Perrières, Les Champs Libres, Château Grand Village and Château Grand Village Blanc.

Col. Vint.
Wine / Producer  Appellation / Region
Format Cs. Btls. Price Tax
Château Grand Village
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Château Lafleur
  2021
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3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
  2021
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3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Les Perrières
  2021
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6x75cl - - Sold Out ep

26 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: A round up of some “best value” wines of 2021

We don’t know much about Laroque, but we do know we like their wines. A chance encounter with the 2018 opened our eyes to this St Émilion, described by Antonio Galloni as the appellation’s “brightest rising star”. David Suire, who worked for many years with Nicolas Thienpont is doing a tremendous job, crafting wines of intensity and class, which for the time being offer exceptional value. We echo Mr Galloni’s sentiments, “don’t miss it”!

25 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Tertre Roteboeuf (and Co.), Berliquet, Haut Batailley, Clos du Marquis and Pontet Canet

2021 is the sort of vintage that brings out the best in François Mitjavile. Tertre Roteboeuf is one of Bordeaux’s most idiosyncratic wines, and devotees will no doubt be thrilled by the 2021 incarnation. Boasting all the hedonistic delights one would expect, it is aromatically alluring, texturally thrilling and possesses a newfound dynamism that makes it totally captivating. Roc de Cambes is equally mesmerizing. Any fans of the Tertre Roteboeuf style will be delighted to own this chip off the old block. As usual, Tertre Roteboeuf will be subject to allocation, priority going to those who buy across the Mitjavile domaines.

24 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Palmer & its Alter Ego

Sometimes our tastings at Château Palmer leave us a little perplexed. This certainly wasn’t the case with the 2021; we totally get this wine. It’s sheer magic, and in our opinion one of the best wines of the Médoc (a view backed up by most if not all the critics). Alas, yields of just 22 hl/ha will ensure this is in short supply, so we advise followers of Palmer to get their skates on! This is not a wine you’ll want to miss. Powerful and virile, yet sophisticated and poised, this is one of the most texturally interesting, most layered, most alluring wines of the vintage. We really can’t remember a more impressive showing from barrel. Alter Ego was a precursor to Palmer. Some lesser plots were damaged by frost, so the blend here is Cabernet dominant (60%). Again, this is one of the most cohesive and striking Alter Egos we can recall tasting.

23 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Léoville Barton, Château Langoa Barton & Château Angélus

2021 marks the last vintage of Anthony Barton’s long and illustrious life at Château Langoa Barton. It is also the first vintage to be produced in the new state of the art winery. As ever, Léoville Barton will be one of the best buys of the vintage, representing true “super second” quality at a fraction of the price of its neighbours. William Kelley calls it a “terrific success”; we concur, this is a very seductive, refined Léoville Barton. Less introverted than normal, the 2021 is all grace, purity and glorious fruit, wrapped in the silkiest of tannins. The Langoa is equally compelling and looks rather striking with its 200th anniversary label. In our opinion, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Claret for less than £30 per bottle.

20 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Léoville Las Cases

The clos of Léoville Las Cases is one of the most recognisable sites in the Médoc. This magnificent vineyard overlooking the Gironde adjoins the great Enclos of Château Latour. We are talking hallowed ground! As with all vintages of Las Cases, expect a classically styled, impressive, long-term wine. Dominated by Cabernet, this is all graphite and black fruits – taut and focussed. If you want a fleshy fruit bomb, turn away now; this is for drinkers who appreciate architectural lines and are blessed with patience. We have no doubt this will develop into an exceptional Léoville, which may well resemble past glories from the 80s and 90s.

19 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Cheval Blanc

We are all in one accord – Cheval Blanc is one of the wines of the vintage; a thought provoking, intense, layered St Emilion that exudes class and style. In many ways it reflects the direction Pierre-Olivier has taken this château in better than any of his previous impressions. There’s a freshness and focus here that is such a feature of the vintage. Cool, classical flavours abound, yet there’s a real sense of control and composure. Alas, this quality has come at a cost. 35% less wine has been released. To secure an allocation, please contact your account manager or follow the link below.

18 May 2022 Bordeaux 2021: Château Pavie

The slopes of Pavie are revered as one of the finest terroirs of Bordeaux. Under the stewardship of Gerard Perse, Pavie has split opinion. We’ve often found the wines hard to love. Their uncompromising tannins were not for the faint hearted. In recent years we’ve witnessed a subtle change of direction, a return to freshness and balance. The 2021 is to our tastes the most charming and eye-catching example to date. There’s a sense of effortless power, a huge complex core, but this is vibrant and detailed with tannins that frame rather than dominate. It is an impressive and grand scale St Emilion, which should age gracefully for many years.

11 May 2022 New release: Duhart Milon 2021

Duhart Milon is more than ever a chip off the old block. Domaines Barons de Rothschild’s other Pauillac vineyards are later ripening than those of Lafite. In the past, Duhart has distinguished itself in hotter years, but now through better understanding of the terroir and viticultural advances, they're finding greater consistency and poise. The 2021 is one of the finest examples we’ve ever tasted with a graphite centric nose, cool dark fruits, minerals and a hint of violets. Impressive and classy, yet restrained and tense, it is very much cut from the same cloth as its more illustrious neighbour. We believe this represents one of the best values from Pauillac and will thrill purists looking for serious, classically styled claret.

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