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Bordeaux 2021 Primeurs: The Rest of the Left

Bordeaux 2021 Primeurs: The Rest of the Left

Having covered all the major appellations of Bordeaux, as usual I will finish up with three sets of tasting notes, dealing with all the remaining wines from the left and right banks, as well as all those with the generic Bordeaux appellation. I start here on the left bank, with those wines made under the Moulis-en-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Haut-Médoc and Médoc appellations.

Looking back to my introductory vintage report I wrote that it is difficult to generalise regarding success in the 2021 vintage. Putting memories of the superb dry and sweet white wines to one side, if anything drove quality in the red wines it was the being protected from the frost, and having deep enough pockets to do all the work the vintage required, in particular fighting the good fight against rampant mildew.

Bordeaux 2021

In this report, looking at the four appellations listed above, few properties immediately stand out as being candidates for this level of work. There of course are some properties, especially up in the Médoc, that hug the Gironde as closely as the first growths and super-seconds of Pauillac and St Julien, Château Loudenne being a good example. And there are some in a stronger financial position than is typical for their respective appellations, perhaps because they can charge more by virtue of being ranked within the 1855 classification, or they have wealthy owners with a more famous property not too far away. Names that spring to mind include Château La Tour Carnet and Château Cantemerle for the former, Château Potensac and the recently rechristened G d’Estournel in the case of the latter.

Nothing guarantees success though, not in this vintage.

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