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James Suckling 10 Best Values

Everyone who loves Bordeaux probably knows by now that 2019 is an excellent quality vintage. The winemakers have always said it. The key wine critics agree. And so do the few wine merchants and consumers who tasted the barrel samples.

I personally tasted 1,037 samples of 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples in Hong Kong and I must say I love the vintage. I love how it shows such harmony and precision with classical proportions of ripe fruit, good acidity and fine tannins.

 Many people are asking me what wines I recommend buying. It feels a little bit like the stock market as there’s a FOMO feeling to the whole thing. The price reductions have definitely made En Primeur attractive, regardless if they were priced too high in the past or if the wines will actually be more expensive to buy when they are released in the market in two years.

I also put together this list of my Top 10 Best Value En Primeur 2019 taking into consideration quality (my ratings), opening and current prices, decrease in prices from 2018, and market position. The latter is based on how I view the chateau’s reputation in the marketplace.

I only looked at my top rated wines that currently sell for less than £40 ($50) a bottle or £480 for a case of 12 bottles. The key determinant was current price per case (12 bottles) as of June 19 on Liv-ex and score followed by my perceptions in quality, pricing and demand now and in the future. - James Suckling, June 22, 2020