Bordeaux Wishlist

Wines from Bordeaux

First let us express our best wishes for you and your families, keeping safe is everyone’s top priority at the moment. Hopefully we are easing back towards normalcy with the upcoming releases from Bordeaux.

Although the annual round of en primeur tastings in Bordeaux was cancelled, everything possible is being done to help the campaign go ahead. From what we understand from our conversations with producers and négociants, the campaign will kick off later this month, probably on the 25th. While there was a good harvest in 2019 the amount of wine offered will be less than last year. This “first tranche” will be priced attractively, with many wines likely down 15-20% from last year, although of course some houses will maintain their pricing. We understand that the quality is high and every effort has been made to allow critics to taste the wines from the safety of their own homes. In some cases, such as Château Lafleur, no samples are being sent, and visitors to the Château will be able to taste samples until early 2021.

While we do not yet have a timetable of when further reviews of these samples might be published, only James Suckling has published scores thus far, we thought it would be useful to convey the overall impression of the vintage that we have been able to compile.

It is a very good to excellent vintage for red Bordeaux, in particular the Cabernets, and an excellent vintage for dry whites. As has become the norm, February and March were warm. May was wet and in late June and July the region experienced a hot spell, whilst August was hot and sunny. Most Merlot was harvested from the 10th -20th of September and the grapes were thick skinned and displayed higher sugar and acidity than 2018 adding freshness. The Cabernet berries, both Sauvignon and Franc, were smaller than 2018 and were able to ripen fully in the Autumn sunshine.

We look forward to sending a more detailed vintage report as a follow up to this thumbnail sketch together with a more detailed wishlist before the campaign commences. We would like to ask you to consider the attached wishlist to help us in our discussions regarding purchases. As usual Armit will not offer all wines, only those we think show great quality and/or great value for money. Please let your account manager know your thoughts and we will try to be as helpful as possible.

The Armit Team

Carruades de Lafite
Château Batailley
Château Clerc Milon
Château d'Armailhac
Château Duhart Milon
Château Grand Puy Lacoste
Château Lafite Rothschild
Château Lynch Bages
Château Lynch Bages Blanc
Château Mouton Rothschild
Château Pichon Longueville Baron
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château Pontet Canet
Echo de Lynch Bages
Réserve de la Comtesse
St Julien
Château Beychevelle
Château Branaire Ducru
Château Ducru Beaucaillou
Château Gloria
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Lagrange
Château Langoa Barton
Château Léoville Barton
Château Léoville Las Cases
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Talbot
Clos du Marquis
St Emilion
Château Ausone
Château Beauséjour Bécot
Château Canon
Château Canon La Gaffelière
Château Cheval Blanc
Château Figeac
Château L'Angélus
Château La Gaffelière
Château Pavie
Château Pavie Macquin
Château Troplong Mondot
La Chapelle d'Ausone
St Estèphe
Château Calon Ségur
Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Lafon Rochet
Château Les Ormes de Pez
Château Montrose
Château Phélan Ségur
Les Pagodes de Cos
Pessac Léognan/Graves
Château Haut Brion
Château Haut Brion Blanc
Château La Mission Haut Brion
Château La Mission Haut Brion Blanc
Château Pape Clément
Château Pape Clément Blanc
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
Les Carmes Haut Brion
Château Brane Cantenac
Château d'Issan
Château Labégorce
Château Margaux
Château Palmer
Château Rauzan Ségla
Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux
Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux
Château Clinet
Château Clos L'Eglise
Château l'Eglise Clinet
Château L'Evangile
Château La Conseillante
Château Le Pin
Vieux Château Certan
Cru Bourgeois/Médoc
Château La Lagune
Château Potensac
Château Sénéjac
Château Sociando Mallet

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