Bordeaux 2019: Late Arrivals
It seems de rigueur these days for wines to arrive late. My Bordeaux 2019 primeurs report – that was back in 2020, when we were all still adjusting to the idea of a viral pandemic – was peppered with late arrivals. Indeed, I seem to recall I was still adding tasting notes to previously published reports weeks later. Well I am happy to report this tradition continues, and in the same vintage, with a few late arrivals added to my Bordeaux 2019 at Two Years reports.
From David Suire, who works alongside Nicolas Thienpont at Château Larcis Ducasse and Château Pavie-Macquin, I have added notes on the 2019 Château Laroque and the second wine, the 2019 Les Tours de Laroque. David took over winemaking at Château Laroque (pictured below) a few years ago (it is a personal project – nothing to do with his work with Nicolas) and has revitalised the estate’s wines, and it is great to be able to revisit his 2019s.
Alongside these, I have also added three new notes on wines from the portfolio of Magali and Thibaut Decoster. Their best-known property is Clos des Jacobins, which occupies a prominent roadside position near the town of St Emilion, It is an estate the wines of which I first tasted back in the 1982 vintage (long before the the Decosters owned it) and it frequently performs well. I added a note on the 2019 Clos des Jacobins, as well as the 2019 Château La Commanderie and 2019 Château de Candale, also Decoster properties, to my reports.