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Jane Anson releases Bordeaux tasting report for 2019 vintage

Jane Anson began her Bordeaux tasting of the 2019 vintage in mid-April, increasing the sample from the initial 150 to the final 850. Anson concluded: I can confirm that 2019 was a successful vintage of Bordeaux.

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Anson gave the vintage an overall 4.5 / 5 star rating, noting that expectations of a globally successful vintage like 2005 and 2010 have become less realistic due to the increasingly extreme summer weather. She added that most 5-star wines now tend to be found only in certain wine regions. Anson also released individual reports on Bordeaux sub-regions, from which it was possible to see which were particularly successful.

When comparing 2019 to the great vintages of the past,, Anson believes that 2010 and 2016 are still the best vintages of the past decade, but some of the best 2019 appellations are not far behind.

Revealing en primeur movement trends for the 2019 vintage, Anson notes that BMW Palmer is changing its sales strategy. Rather than completely emulating Latour, she found that BMW is releasing 50% en primeur and 50% after 10 years. This year, several wineries have reduced their releases.

Another trend for 2019, Anson notes, is the growing popularity of white wines from well-known brands. From our Bordeaux 2019 coverage, few white wines can be found to have dropped in price (more than in 2018) as much as most reds.

Pricing is the focus of the release of the latest vintage, and Anson found that some wines were released at a lower price than the cheapest market price. This is more of a concern than a specific percentage price reduction.

Anson concluded: Those who have dared to make a clear statement about the market are being rewarded. This is a clear statement not only to this year"s market, but also to Bordeaux wine lovers who are still willing to buy in the current environment.