The 2021 vintage in Bordeaux does not have the pedigree of some of the recent blockbuster vintages so buyers should buy selectively. We will post prices as the wines are released and please do not hesitate to let us know your wish list via email or with a specific enquiry via this website. Here are a few comments from Neal Martin of Vinous:
There are no thrilling wines that set the pulse racing or have “future legend” written over them. Not a single sample entertained the possibility of an in-bottle score within sight of perfection. It’s not that kind of vintage. On the other hand, plenty stand as testament to the effort and skill of winemakers and vineyard teams, a handful achieving remarkable levels of quality given the challenges faced, impossible levels just a few years ago. There are wines that will offer drinking pleasure and wines whose evolution in bottle will be fascinating to monitor. It’s a frustrating and complex growing season with the potential to become, at least at its best, the most intellectually-stimulating to drink despite the absence of undisputable masterpieces. The 2021 vintage is enticingly fallible in nature.
….whilst there is a clutch of splendid wines, the vintage as a whole is not close to the calibre of 2010, 2016 or 2019.
The 2021 is an antidote to the run of hot vintages and for that it should be welcomed, its shortcomings and fallibility perhaps part of its charm and intrigue. Some of my favourite wines did not quite reach the level expected, and they will come back strongly in future vintages. As the saying goes, you can’t win ‘em all. But there is no harm in trying.
Neal Martin - Vinous