Best of 2019 Bordeaux En Primeurs: Top 25 Good-Value Buys (All Under $35)

For a deep-dive into all the details of the 2019 Bordeaux En Primeurs (futures), check out the full 6,000-word article “France, Bordeaux: 2019 En Primeur Report – The Miracle Vintage” by our Bordeaux reviewer and editor-in-chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, published in the June 2020 Week 3 issue. And that’s only Part 1! Late-arriving wines that didn’t make into Part 1 were published this morning in “France, Bordeaux: Bordeaux 2019 Futures Part Two – Finding Value.” 

Both of those articles (available only to paid subscribers) discuss good values, particularly Part 2—after all, The Wine Advocate is, first and foremost, a buyer’s guide. We work for our readers. So, we have compiled the abridged excerpt on good values from Part 2 below just for you, our valued readers. Cheers!

About Finding Value, Perrotti-Brown wrote:
“In 2019, we have an outstanding vintage with some clear price incentives to buy the wines as futures. At the top end, there have been some clear investment opportunities, if buyers were quick off the mark. At the lower tiers, there is still a lot of good value and some downright bargains to be had. 

“With this in mind, I have put together a list of my top outstanding-quality wine bargains that I could find available in the markets for under US $35 (before local duties, taxes, etc.). The prices cited are approximate, based on what I could find online and available in the US market.”

The Wine Advocate’s Top 25 Bordeaux 2019 Red Wines for Under $35

2019 Laroque, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price: $24 
“The palate is completely filled with dark, seductive berry layers and a whole myriad of savory nuances, framed by wonderfully soft, velvety tannins and fantastic freshness.”

2019 Montlandrie, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux – Est. Price: $17
“I LOVE this energy on the elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate. The red and black fruit layers practically dance, intermingled with grainy (Cabernet-like) tannins and tons of freshness. Truly impressive!”

2019 Siran, Margaux – Est. Price: $26
It “slips easily out of the glass with fragrant notes of violets, blackberry pie, fruitcake, blackcurrant pastilles and dried lavender… Punching well above its weight, this is a very impressive showing for Siran!”

2019 Soutard Cadet, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price: $32 
“The 2019 Soutard-Cadet sashays out of the glass with drop-dead gorgeous scents of Black Forest cake, stewed plums, boysenberries and licorice plus suggestions of espresso and Indian spices.”

2019 Pedesclaux, Pauillac – Est. Price: $33 
“The palate bursts with vibrant black and red fruits, supported by ripe, finely grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Gorgeous wine—bravo!”

2019 La Lagune, Haut-Medoc – Est. Price: $33 
It finishes “long with savory sparks. Shimmering with energy, this 2019 La Lagune is a real head-turner!”

2019 Poesia, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price: $27
“The 2019 Poesia is a little closed to begin, soon opening out to reveal wonderfully pure notes of crushed red and black plums, fresh blackberries and warm cherries.”

2019 Prieure-Lichine, Margaux – Est. Price: $34
“The palate is packed with juicy black and blue fruit layers, framed by finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Impressive showing!”

2019 Tour Saint Christophe, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price:  $30 
“The 2019 Tour Saint-Christophe leaps from the glass with gregarious notes of fresh red and black cherries, mulberries and wild blueberries plus suggestions of eucalyptus.”

2019 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan – Est. Price: $32 
“The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with red and black fruit layers, framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, velvety tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Just stunning!”

2019 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac – Est. Price: $32 
“This wine may take a little longer to come around than some of its 2019 peers, but it will be worth the wait.”

2019 Olivier, Pessac-Leognan – Est. Price: $32
“The palate delivers a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, backing up the muscular black fruits…. Very serious wine!”

2019 Grand Mayne, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price: $34 
“The 2019 Grand Mayne comes galloping out of the glass with powerful notes of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and baked black cherries plus suggestions of spice box, smoked meats, licorice and mocha.”

2019 Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe – Est. Price: $24 
“The palate has electrically charged black fruit flavors with compelling tension and beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and perfumed. Delicious!”

2019 Haut-Carles, Fronsac – Est. Price: $22 
“The 2019 Haut-Carles slowly opens to reveal notes of freshly crushed black cherries, ripe blackberries and black plums with touches of aniseed, red roses and forest floor.”

2019 Lilian Ladouys, Saint-Estephe – Est. Price: $17 
It is “charged with energy, offering firm grainy tannins and electric freshness to support the tightly wound black fruits, finishing with loads of invigorating herbal and mineral sparks.”

2019 De Sales, Pomerol – Est. Price: $23 
“The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of ripe, seductive black fruit preserves, framed by rounded tannins and seamless freshness.”

2019 Gloria, Saint-Julien – Est. Price: $34 
“The 2019 Gloria comes bounding out of the glass with all the energy of a new puppy, featuring notes of baked plums, black cherry preserves and warm cassis plus hints of spice box.”

2019 Croizet-Bages, Pauillac – Est. Price: $30 
“The palate really packs a wallop of vibrant fruit, supported by firm, grainy tannins and loads of zing, finishing on a lingering minty note. Yum!”

2019 Cos Labory, Saint-Estephe – Est. Price: $28 
“The 2019 Cos Labory has a full-throttle, hedonic nose… There's so much going on here, and it all plays together beautifully—party in a glass!”

2019 Meyney, Saint-Estephe – Est. Price: $25 
It “has a generous core of ripe black fruits with a slight touch of oak poking through and a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with impressive length.”

2019 Potensac, Medoc – Est. Price: $23 
“The medium to full-bodied palate is positively invigorating, offering bags of crunchy black and red berry flavors and a racy line of freshness… In a word: FUN!”

2019 Clos Rene, Pomerol – Est. Price: $27 
“The 2019 Clos Rene charges out of the glass with gregarious scents of freshly crushed blackberries, plum preserves and wild blueberries with hints of hoisin, moss-covered tree bark and black truffles.”

2019 Tour de Pez, Saint-Estephe – Est. Price: $18
It “delivers bags of juicy black fruits with a lively line of freshness and well-played, soft tannins, finishing with an invigorating lift.”

2019 Chauvin, Saint-Emilion – Est. Price: $31 
It “slowly unfurls to offers glimpses at a gorgeous blackberry pie, Morello cherries and plum preserves perfume with underling notions of star anise.”

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