Bordeaux 2019 Primeurs: The Rest of the Right
I finish up on the right-bank in the 2019 Bordeaux vintage with this diverse collection of wines from outside the St Emilion and Pomerol appellations. The main focus here is therefore Fronsac, Canon-Fronsac and Lalande-de-Pomerol (if you are wondering what has happened to the St Emilion satellites, I have tagged them on to the end of my third St Emilion 2019 report) alongside the various Côtes de Bordeaux appellations. These are led by Castillon and followed by Blaye, Francs and Cadillac (the latter not strictly right bank, I know, unless we were talking right bank of the Garonne that is). I also include a slew of wines using the generic Bordeaux appellation all of which are made on the right bank, as well as any wines made from the vineyards located on the triangle of land situated between the Dordogne and Garonne.
This makes for a pretty broad report, with over one hundred wines assessed, of a quality which ranges from uninspiring right through to some superstar sleepers of the vintage. Some of these wines are old friends, while other names are less familiar, and some are exciting new discoveries which I simply can’t recall tasting before. Before we get to the tasting notes it is only right that I drag some of these wines into the limelight for at least a moment.
Starting with the lone representative from the with the Côtes de Bourg appellation, the 2019 Roc de Cambes shows what François Mitjavile can achieve here; this latest vintage is certainly the equal of his superb 2018, if not superior. Of course, the domaine already enjoys significant renown, and the prices reflect this. While the wine is great, there are perhaps other wines here that go easier on the bank balance while providing a similar (or even greater) level of joy.