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Bordeaux 2019 Vintage

By Guy Collins

Chateau Quintus, the Saint Emilion Wine estate developed by Domaine Clarence Dillon, expects its 2019 wines to show great homogeneity and overall good quality following an exceptionally hot summer and particularly warm September, according to Estate Manager Francois Capdemourlin.

After a cold spring, when burners had to be lit in the vineyard to ward off frost, there was a “very hot summer for weeks and weeks,” with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius, according to Capdemourlin. A wetter period in August was followed by scorching September temperatures, which climbed above 30 degrees Celsius and which dried out the grapes, prior to rains on Sept. 22.

“It was a Sunday” in late September when the rain finally came, he recalled at a London tasting of wines on Nov. 27 dating back through the nine-year history of the estate. “We had a big smile. All the berries were losing their juice.”

Quintus achieved yields off between 36 and 37 hectolitres per hectare in 2019, with no disease during the year in the vineyard, according to Capdemourlin.

The unusual heat drove alcohol levels higher, while the late September rains helped to bring them down again to more manageable levels. “We have to adapt to the climate,” Capdemourlin said.

The average age of vines at Quintus is 29 years, with the oldest over 50 years old.

Domaine Clarence Dillon, which owns Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, bought part of what is now Chateau Quintus in 2011 and then added a second neighboring vineyard in 2013 to enlarge the estate.

Quintus cover 28 hectares (70 acres) spread across the limestone ridge near Chateau Angelus and Chateau Canon, with slopes down to the valley giving the vineyard clay and sandy soils as well.

Quintus produces on average 35,000 bottles a year of its main wine, plus another 40,000 bottles a year of its second wine Dragon.

That compares with the 100,000 bottles of first wine Haut-Brion produces from its 50 hectares, and 50,000 bottles of La Mission produced from its 25 hectares.

Vieux Chateau Certan ’19 on Sale at 168 Euros, Down 20% on 2018, Liv-ex Says

Vieux Chateau Certan, a wine estate in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux, put its 2019 wine on sale at 168 euros ($189) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 20% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 210 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol. Photo: Guy Collins

Christie’s to Hold Auctions in Hong Kong, Geneva, London, New York in July

Christie’s International plans to hold live wine auctions in Hong Kong on July 12, Geneva on July 21 and London on July 28, according to an emailed statement from the auction house. 

It also plans to hold an online sale in New York running from July 16 to July 31, it said.

Bottles up for sale range from a 1775 Madeira to Bordeaux 2015, Christie’s said. The New York on line sale will feature wines from the cellar of California-based collector Benjamin Ichinose.

Christie’s International, New York. Photo: Guy Collins

Troplong Mondot ’18 on Sale at 60 Euros, Down 19.4% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Troplong Mondot, a wine estate in the Saint Emilion appellation of Bordeaux neighboring Chateau Latour, put its 2019 wine on sale at 60 euros ($68) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 19.4% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 74.40 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Carmes Haut Brion ’19 on Sale at 64.80 Euros, Down 6.1% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Les Carmes Haut Brion, a close neighbor in Pessac-Leognan of Bordeaux first-growth wine estate Chateau Haut Brion, put its 2019 wine on sale at 64.80 euros ($73) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 6.1% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 69 euros, Liv-ex said. 

La Fleur Petrus ’19 on Sale at £1,660 a Case, Down 16.6% From ’18, Liv-ex Says

Chateau La Fleur Petrus, a wine estate in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux, put its 2019 wine on sale at 160 euros ($180) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

It was being offered at 1,660 pounds ($2,079) per 12-bottle case in bond in the international market, down 16.6% from the 2018 opening price of 1,990 pounds, Liv-ex said. 

Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol. Photo: Guy Collins

Rauzan-Segla ’19 on Sale at 54 Euros, Down 25% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Rauzan Segla, a wine estate in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, put its 2019 wine on sale at 54 euros ($61) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 25% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 72 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Bottles of Rauzan-Segla from the 2010 and 2012 vintages. Photo: Guy Collins

Canon ’19 on Sale at 69.60 Euros, Down 17.1% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Canon, a wine estate in the Saint Emilion appellation of Bordeaux, put its 2019 wine on sale at 69.60 euros ($78) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 17.1% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 84 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Bottles of Chateau Canon from the 2006 vintage. Photo: Guy Collins

Smith Haut Lafitte ’19 on Sale at 75.60 Euros, Down 8.7% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a wine estate in the Pessac-Leognan appellation of Bordeaux, south of the city, put its 2019 white wine on sale at 75.60 euros ($85) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 8.7% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 82.80 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Its red wine went on sale at 64.80 euros a bottle, down 20.5% from the 2018 release price of 81.50 euros, Liv-ex said.

Fabien Teitgen, wine maker of Smith Haut Lafitte, describes the 2019 vintage in this video released by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.

Historic delivery truck at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan. Photo: Guy Collins

Pichon Lalande ’19 on Sale at 104.40 Euros, Down 20.8% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a wine estate in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux neighboring Chateau Latour, put its 2019 wine on sale at 104.40 euros ($118) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 20.8% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 132 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Nicolas Glumineau, director general of Pichon Lalande, which owns the estate, describes the 2019 vintage in this video released by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.

Chateau Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac. Photo: Guy Collins

Pichon Baron ’19 on Sale at 94.80 Euros, Down 16.8% From 2018, Liv-ex Says

Chateau Pichon Baron, a wine estate in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, put its 2019 wine on sale at 94.80 euros ($106) a bottle ex-negociant in bond, down 16.8% from its 2018 release price, according to London-based online wine market Liv-ex.

That compared with its 2018 release price of 114 euros, Liv-ex said. 

Chateau Pichon Baron, Pauillac. Photo: Guy Collins

Christian Seely, managing director of Axa Millesimes, which owns the estate, describes the 2019 vintage in this video released by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.