2021 Best Values

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Now that all of the wines have been released it is a great time to look back at some of this year's best offerings. 

Following the extremes of heat and drought of the three previous vintages, 2021 sees a return to the more classic style of claret, with moderate ripeness, tannic structure and alcohol levels (back down to 13°).  While there is high variation throughout the region, there are nonetheless some very successful wines that will provide good drinking over the short to medium term.

Prices are In Bond UK, and include shipping from Bordeaux in Spring 2024.

Wines may be ordered in different bottle sizes (including halves, magnums and larger formats) for a small surcharge.  Please enquire for details.

 
the best 2021 reds are better than anyone could have dared to hope.”
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
 
“The best wines offer a striking combination of old-school classicism with modern-day precision... It was not an easy year, to say the least. And yet the best wines are so compelling.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
 
“bejewelled with wines that will offer immense pleasure”
Neal Martin, Vinous

 

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LEFT BANK - BEST BUYS


St Estephe

"The 2021 Meyney has a lovely bouquet with floral-tinged red berry fruit, opening nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh red berry fruit laced with oyster shell and spice... If release prices match your wallet, I'd stick a case (or two) in the cellar."  91-93 Neal Martin

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2021Ormes de Pez ()6x75cl--£115CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93--92-9391-93
2021Meyney ()6x75cl--£117CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93-89-9191-92-
2021Phelan Segur ()6x75cl--£186CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-92-9493-9491-93

Pauillac

"A very classy Lynch Bages with echoes of Jean-Michel Cazes' classics from the late eighties."  94-96 Neal Martin

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2021Batailley ()6x75cl9-£165CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94--93-9488-90
2021Grand Puy Lacoste ()6x75cl7-£300CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-94-9694-95-
2021Lynch Bages ()6x75cl14-£510CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]94-96-92-9496-9794-96
2021Mouton Rothschild ()6x75cl-1-£2,550CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]93-95-94-9696-9793-95
2021Lafite Rothschild ()6x75cl--£2,904CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]-----

St Julien

"Crisp acidity with the perfect amount of tension on the classically-styled finish, this Leoville Barton demonstrates the advantages of their brand new cellar. I cannot see any reason not to own a few bottles of this in your cellar."  93-95 Neal Martin

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2021Langoa Barton ()6x75cl9-£177CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93-90-9292-9391-93
2021Branaire Ducru ()6x75cl2-£186CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93-93-9594-9589-92
2021Leoville Barton ()6x75cl8-£334CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]93-95-92-9493-9492-94

Margaux

"The 2021 Rauzan-Ségla is absolutely gorgeous... a tightly wound Margaux that balances classic structure with modern-day precision. I can't wait to see how it ages."  94-97 Antonio Galloni

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2021Labegorce ()6x75cl--£125CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93---92-94
2021Marquis de Terme ()6x75cl--£186CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-93-95-89-91
2021Rauzan Segla ()6x75cl2-£360CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]94-96-94-9793-9493-95
2021Margaux ()6x75cl--£2,550CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]94-96-95-9797-9895-97

Haut Medoc

"The 2021 Cantemerle is a very strong effort in a challenging year, offering up aromas of blackcurrants and plums mingled with hints of spice box, black truffle and loamy soil."  90-91 Wine Advocate

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2021Cantemerle ()6x75cl--£108CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]88-90-89-9190-9187-89

Graves

"Stylish and classic Domaine de Chevalier."  93-95 Neal Martin

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2021Domaine de Chevalier Rouge ()6x75cl--£281CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]93-95-94-9695-9693-95
2021Carmes Haut Brion ()6x75cl2-£650CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]93-95-96-98-93-95
2021Haut Brion ()6x75cl--£2,550CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]95-97-95-9797-9895-97

RIGHT BANK - BEST BUYS


Lalande de Pomerol

"The 2021 La Chenade is a soft, supple Lalande de Pomerol loaded with charm. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate and spice are nicely pushed forward in this attractive, easygoing 2021. La Chenade is all Merlot this year, as the Franc was used for the Cruzelles."  90-92 Antonio Galloni

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2021Chenade ()12x75cl9-£156CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]87-89-90-9292-9389-91
2021Cruzelles ()6x75cl--£105CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]90-92-91-9391-9290-92

Pomerol

"2021 Château Clinet is another brilliant success by Ronan Laborde, who continues to make one of the greatest Pomerols out there."  93-96 Jeb Dunnuck

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2021Petite Eglise (2nd label of Eglise Clinet) ()6x75cl9-£205CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]90-92-90-9293-9491-93
2021Clinet ()6x75cl--£399CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-92-9493-9493-96
2021Conseillante ()6x75cl--£942CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]95-97-95-9794-9593-95
2021Vieux Chateau Certan ()6x75cl1-£1,368CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]95-97-96-9896-9793-95

St Emilion

"2021 Canon is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage... The aromatics alone are beguiling, but it is the wine's balance that impresses most... This is such an elegant and regal wine."  95-97 Antonio Galloni

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2021Laroque ()6x75cl12-£121CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]91-93-93-9593-9491-93
2021La Gaffeliere ()6x75cl--£288CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]94-96-95-9794-95-
2021Canon ()6x75cl6-£540CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-95-9796-9793-95
2021Figeac ()6x75cl1-£978CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]95-97-93-9594-9595-97

DRY WHITE BORDEAUX - BEST BUYS


"The 2021 Latour-Martillac Blanc has a knockout nose with apple blossom, nettle, wet pavement and citrus peel aromas. Real energy here. The palate is well balanced with fine concentration, taut and fresh with plenty of extract, touches of spice emerge towards the finish. Excellent."  92-94 Neal Martin

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2021Latour Martillac Blanc ()6x75cl1-£143CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]92-94-90-91--
2021Domaine de Chevalier Blanc ()6x75cl2-£433CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]95-97-91-9398-9995-97

SAUTERNES - BEST BUYS


"The 2021 Coutet needs time to cohere in the glass, eventually offering scents of dried honey, pressed flowers and quince... an enjoyable Barsac that will gain complexity with bottle age."  93-95 Neal Martin

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2021Coutet ()12x37.5cl1-£188CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]93-95-90-92--