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.
Bordeaux 2019 left bank 15 June 2020, updated 16 June and 23 June
Bordeaux 2019 right bank 8 June 2020, updated 15 June
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