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2019 Sampler Cases

Tasting 2019 clarets is a pleasure.  It is a vintage that makes you smile.  Those of us lucky enough to have tasted 1982s in their youth draw the comparison with that vintage; those of us a little younger think of a purer, slightly more lifted version of 2009.  The wines are already delicious, and they are wines that speak of their terroir.  It is a special vintage, with outstanding wines in each appellation and at every level. With such a gluttony of choice, we have put together some mixed sampler cases. These cases offer a great opportunity to taste the wines for yourself.

The first three are based on Neal Martin’s in bottle reviews and scores (February 2022). We have also put together a "Stars of the Southwold Tasting" case, which contains a bottle each of the 2019 Southwold Tasting's most notable performers.  Availability is limited and each case is packed to order so please allow a week for delivery.

2019 Haut Batailley – “a wonderful Pauillac that will give 30 or 40 years of drinking pleasure

2019 Langoa Barton – “A delicious, classically-styled Langoa-Barton. Very fine.

2019 Gloria – “The 2019 Gloria personifies classic Saint-Julien

2019 Lafon Rochet – “disarming, fragrant, beautifully defined blackberry and crushed violet scents

2019 Siran – “One of the best Siran releases in recent years

2019 Montlandrie – “Make sure you have some of this excellent Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

2019 Batailley – “One of the best Batailleys, maybe the best, in recent years

2019 Lagrange – “great depth, perfectly judged acidity and a brilliantly focused finish

2019 Brane Cantenac – “The palate is beautifully balanced”…”excellent”"

2019 Malartic Lagravière – “wonderfully balanced, with great length and nobility

2019 Gazin – “a superb Gazin and a great Pomerol

2019 Tour St Christophe – “a Saint-Émilion that is in for the long haul. Great potential.

2019 Lynch Bages – “an extremely persistent, almost Lafite-like finish

2019 Grand Puy Lacoste – “A glorious Grand Puy Lacoste

2019 Léoville Poyferré – “a fabulous Saint-Julien with huge potential

2019 Smith Haut Lafitte - "A gorgeous, seductive Smith Haut Lafitte"

2019 Pape Clément – “One of the finest releases from Pape-Clément in recent years

2019 Troplong Mondot - "a classically styled, minerally finish. Superb"

At the annual "Southwold Tasting" in 2023, 300 wines from the 2019 Bordeaux vintage were tasted by a panel of 20 wine experts including 10 Masters of Wine. The verdict was that 2019 is a great vintage for the red wines of Bordeaux and this tasting case contains 1 bottle each of 6 of the most successful wines of the vintage. Excluding the "First Growths" Troplong Mondot, Domaine de Chevalier, Leoville Barton and Lynch Bages were the top-scoring wines of their respective communes. Gloria was judged to be the "best value" wine of the entire tasting with Haut Batailley "best value" in Pauillac.

Farr Vintners, January 2023