|This year the Southwold Group put 2019 under the microscope. Having blind-tasted about 280 of the top wines, I am confident that 2019 pips 2016 to the top spot – these are the greatest young red Bordeaux I have tasted in my career.
The foundation of 2019’s greatness, in my opinion, is that the average bar of quality is so high. Everyone has stepped it up a couple of notches. From modest Cru Bourgeois to the most famous 1st growth properties there are some extraordinarily special wines.
A full report will follow, and will be posted to our Journal. In the meantime, hot from the tasting bench, here’s a trio of the vintage’s superstars offered from our stock:
- With 98/100, Montrose was my joint winner of the tasting; equal 1st with Le Pin (but slightly less expensive).
- Along with Montrose, Lynch Bages was one of the top-performing Medoc winesoutside of the 1st growths. Unmistakeable for its purity of Cabernet and piling tannins, I rated this 95/100.
- VCC was absolutely beautiful. 97/100 for me and #2 only to Le Pin on the right bank – coming in ahead of Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus, etc.
These cases are immediately available from our LCB account. Please let me know if you’d like to grab a few whilst stocks remain. If you’re flabbergasted by this year’s Burgundy offers, Bordeaux is now offering pretty compelling value!
Please note that the Vinous reviews quoted below are not from this week’s tasting although Neal Martin should publish his scores in due course and there will also be reports from Jancis Robinson MW and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent).