Bordeaux 2019 – a guide

Cabernet harvest at Beychevelle 2019

The en primeur system has been called into question more than ever before in this time of pandemic, and generated a wealth of opinions and articles on the campaign itself, as you can see from the list of articles below.

However, Aquitaine resident James Lawther MW has provided us with eloquent and precise tasting notes on most of the most important and sought-after wines in this very good vintage.

Gavin Quinney's photo above shows the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest at Ch Beychevelle in St-Julien with Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou in the background.

As usual, our guide is divided into tasting articles and more general coverage of this vintage. The most recently published articles are at the top of each list.

Please note that the articles listed below are comprehensively supplemented by analysis and opinion on wines released, including their pricing and value, on our Members' forum thanks to Nick Martin of Wine Owners, who produces charts like those below for all significant new releases.

Ch Palmer 2019 prices and scores
Ch Palmer 2019 relative value

Tasting articles

Bordeaux 2019s retasted blind – left-bank reds 1 February 2023

Bordeaux 2019s retasted blind – right-bank reds 31 January 2023

Bordeaux 2019s retasted blind – whites 30 January 2023

Grand Cercle 2019s – whites and left-bank reds 18 February 2022

Grand Cercle 2019s – right-bank reds 17 February 2022

Bordeaux 2019s at some top right-bank addresses 21 December 2021

Crus bourgeois 2018 and 2019 13 December 2021

UGC 2019s in bottle – whites 10 December 2021

UGC 2019s in bottle – left-bank reds 9 December 2021

UGC 2019s in bottle – right-bank reds 8 December 2021

Bordeaux 2019 left bank 15 June 2020, updated 16 June and 23 June

Bordeaux 2019 right bank 8 June 2020, updated 15 June

General articles

Bordeaux 2019 – best ever? (Free for all) 4 February 2023

A Southwold summary (Don't quote me) 1 February 2023

The 'miracle' en primeur campaign (Free for all) 11 July 2020

2019 primeur campaign considered (Don't quote me) 24 June 2020

Bordeaux 2019 – a delightful year (Inside information) 18 June 2020

When the tasting has to stop (Free for all) 16 May 2020

Possible solutions to the 2019 en primeur conundrum (Free for all) 4 May 2020

Re-thinking en primeur (Free for all) 23 April 2020

When should Bordeaux launch its 2019s? (Don't quote me) 20 April 2020

Bordeaux 2019 – a good crop at the top (Free for all) 28 February 2020

Bordeaux 2019 weather and harvest report (Free for all) 5 November 2019

2019: hot stuff (Free for all) 5 October 2019

Bordeaux 2019 half-term report (Free for all) 1 August 2019