I think they like it
“it may just be the best vintage we have ever tasted.”
Never heard that before.
But that is usually said before the vintage has been sold out.
That’s fair. Good point.
Nonetheless, forgive me for not wetting my pants over this positive news. And, seeing as how '19 is my third-heaviest Bdx. vintage as far as qty is concerned, I hope this reporting is right!
I always look forward to reading their blind tasting. I am modestly surprised there’s no mention of PLL in their top, since it was pretty clearly the best wine at UGC (and not just me, everyone else seemed to agree).
I’m part of the Southwold tasting and was there last week. I’ve tasted en primeur in Bordeaux only since the 2006 vintage and 2009 was my first Southwold vintage. In that context, I left last week’s tasting (we did about 280 wines in total, all blind) convinced that 2019 is the best young RED Bordeaux vintage I’ve tasted in my career. For me it just tips 2016 from the top spot.
I’m aiming to write up my report this week and get it posted to my (company’s) website. Due to the commercial nature, I won’t paste it here but I’m sure a cursory google will help you find your way there if you’re interested to read another take on this. Just give me until Saturday to write it up.
I was surprised that LLC was not listed as a favorite.
Trying to google your report Matthew, but no joy yet.
I think it’s on his Instagram feed/page/whatever.
I’m not on that platform
I don’t think Matthew can, as it could be seen as self serving, but I don’t think there is any reason to prevent one of us from doing it.
It is a really well written report and will add an extra dimension to the dialogue.
Disclaimer: no affiliation with Vinum or Matthew.
I have had most of the top '19s - by actually drinking them, not in mass tastings - and it’s a very good vintage but not even in the same ballpark as '16.
Can you be more specific.
Hey Keith. Have you had the '19 Les Perrieres since the CT note you left? You seemed to be unsure about the wine.
I bought some, wish i had seen Keith’s note first!
I haven’t but for $70 I’d be more inclined to add to my DDC stash
Just very few wines that were as good as their '16s. There were multiple '16s that are genuinely monumental in my book. '16 Baron, LLC, Montrose, Cos are not only better than their '19s but better than the '19 first growths. And many others not far behind. It could be our generation’s 1959/1961. '19 will be one of the many good to great years that aren’t '59/'61.
The very few side-by-side comparisons I’ve done, I feel this is more about stylistic preference rather than pure quality. I’ve found '16s more tannic and with more Bordeaux-esque cedar/pencil shaving/tobacco notes. '19s have been more about pure quality of the fruit, lots of nice blackcurrant in many of them. '19 likely drinks better young, '16 will need a long time to mature.
Whatever happens to them, I’m happy I have some '16s and around 10 cases of '19.
I haven’t tried any '19 first growths, but I have a few '16 Cos and I think that is going to be legendary one day.
Not a style issue in my opinion. The style differences from chateau to chateau are vastly more prominent than from one vintage vs. the other. It really is a qualitative difference. The character, the layers, the quality of the tannin, the dynamism - 2016 really is as good as it gets. Side-by-side comparisons aren’t very helpful since you’re dealing with wine at different stages. You want to compare the way 2019s taste now to the way the 2016s tasted three years ago.