Bordeaux 2019 at Two Years: The Rest of The Right
I finish up on the right bank in this 2019 Bordeaux tasting report with all of the appellations beyond St Emilion and Pomerol. This means the satellite appellations of Lalande-de-Pomerol, and Montagne-, Puisseguin- and Lussac-St-Emilion, as well as the various appellations grouped together under the Côtes de Bordeaux banner. In terms of numbers these are led by Castillon, but we also have wines from Blaye here (in both colours), and Cadillac too; even though these latter côtes are located on the banks of the Garonne, it seems picky not to include them here. And of course there is the Côtes de Bourg.
And last, but not least, we come to Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac. These two appellations have long been touted as ‘the next big thing’ in Bordeaux, by those both within and outwith the region (outwith, by the way, is correct English in Scotland – you can’t accuse this site of not being educational). Even the Moueix family bought into it, having at one point acquired Château de La Dauphine, eventually selling up when the books just wouldn’t balance. Having found some good wines from Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac over the years, I have long been a fan of these appellations; I don’t think they will usurp St Emilion and Pomerol any time soon, but quality is ever-rising, and there are certainly some names here worth following.
As with my 2019 Rest of the Left report, the only wines missing here are those right-bank cuvées with the basic Bordeaux appellation, which are so numerous they have their own report. So if you are looking for notes on the wines of Château Grand Village, Château Fleur Haut Gaussens, the white wine from Château d’Aiguilhe, Le Petit Cheval Blanc and the like, that’s where you will find them.
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