2019 Bordeaux Summit


During these turbulent times and with our news feeds being dominated by the Coronavirus impact, it’s understandable you may not have seen that the COVID-19 outbreak has led to the postponement of the 2019 Bordeaux En Primeur release, traditionally the biggest fine wine campaign of the year. At this very moment the tasting rooms of Bordeaux estates, which should have been crammed with the world’s wine trade and press sampling and commenting on the 2019 vintage, have been forced to close their doors until who knows when…

This gives rise to a number of questions... How will we know if the vintage is as good as early reports suggest?... When will the wines be released?... What prices can the current market sustain? And broader speculation such as… Is this an opportunity to re-think the whole much-questioned Bordeaux En Primeur system?... Once the mainstay of fine wine collections, how important is Bordeaux today? These are all issues that affect merchants like Honest Grapes and collectors and investors in these wines like yourselves.

Even without the 2019 releases to start promoting, we are not resting on our laurels, instead of using this time to attempt to get some answers to the important questions above, and we’d really like to involve you to find out what you think. To this end, we’ve prepared a very short survey with questions about wine collecting, Bordeaux and En Primeur buying.

Please complete our Bordeaux Lover's Survey at the top of this page. We would be grateful for your input as the more replies we can get the better.

The results will be compiled and form the basis for an online Bordeaux Summit to be held online via Zoom on Wednesday April 15th @6:30pm. We’d love you to join us.

For this, our Wine Director Tom will host a panel, comprising:

• Gavin Quinney – Bordeaux vintage reporter for Jancis Robinson and Liv-Ex, and owner of Château Bauduc
• Nick Martin – Director of Wine Owners, fine wine trading exchange
• Rupert Millar – Fine Wine Editor, The Drinks Business

We recommend that you bring up a nice bottle of mature Bordeaux from the cellar to enjoy during the discussion.
(If however the cellar is out of reach or you are a little light on mature Bordeaux then please do get in touch as we have some excellent wines that we are able to offer by the bottle, including Château Sociando-Mallet 2000, Château Leoville Barton 2006 or the stunning Château Pichon Baron 1998.)