Bordeaux 2021 | Best of the Best

This is a small selection of several of the most sought-after wines of the campaign. Many perennially compete in quality against the finest wines of Bordeaux, others are wines which have gone above and beyond their typical quality level in the 2021 vintage. Looking for a case to put down for that special birthday in years to come, or to enjoy with your children on their 21st, these are the wines we would recommend. 

2021 Ch Pichon Baron 2ème Cru Pauillac - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2029 - 2046
  • Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
  • 6x75cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£660.00 In Bond £808.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Neal Martin, April 2022, Score: 93-95

    The 2021 Pichon-Longueville Baron (which, incidentally, has been the legal name since 2021!) is matured in 70% new oak. It opens up nicely in the glass, revealing a straight-down-the-line, floral bouquet of violets intermingled with graphite notes. There is a delicacy about the aromatics that distinguishes it from recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very pure and "athletic.” No extra fat here; instead, perhaps, slender like the Mouton-Rothschild, which is not a bad thing. Nimble might be a better word. Very fine. Drink 2026 - 2055

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 94-96+

    A brilliant achievement, the 2021 Pichon-Longueville Baron opens in the glass with aromas of dark berries, blackcurrants, cigar wrapper, loamy soil, pencil shavings and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's concentrated and penetrating, with terrific concentration and a beautifully refined, classy profile. A blend of fully 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, it represents the wine this great estate could have produced in 1996. One of the real successes of the vintage, readers who overlook this wine will live to regret it.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2022, Score: 95-97

    The 2021 Pichon-Baron is a dense, packed wine, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. There is a lot of wine here, but readers have to be patient. Red-toned fruit, blood orange, mint, rose petal and cinnamon add layers of nuance, but more than anything else, the 2021 stands out for its persistence. Drink 2031-2061

  • Goedhuis, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    With 88% Cabernet Sauvignon in the finished blend, this fine second growth highlights the success of the variety in 2021. Powerful cassis, dark liquorice and bitter chocolate sit within a tense and muscular Pauillac frame. A superbly long and full finish.

  • Jane Anson, April 2022, Score: 94

    Gorgeous depth through the palate, plenty of character, enjoyable, clear power to the well structured tannins. There is less density than the past three vintages of Pichon Baron, but they focused instead savoury Cabernet-dominant fruits and added complexity by drawing out the fennel, rosemary and pencil lead character that keeps us firmly in Pauillac. Highest level of Cabernet Sauvignon ever (just more than 2018), with 70% new oak for ageing. Harvest through to October 8.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2022, Score: 18

    Like many of the great estates on the Left Bank, Directeur Général Christian Seely used a considerable slice of Cabernet Sauvignon in his Grand Vin, making it more densely packed and also a composed style of wine. A dark, cool and deep-rooted sense of place forms the structure here, and yet the nose and finish seem relatively suave and elegant. Cassis-soaked and impressively concentrated but in no way heavy, there is a refreshing character on the finish that shows greenness or austerity, marking the way for a successful future.

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2021 Ch L'Evangile Pomerol - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2028 - 2053
  • Château l'Evangile
  • 6x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£1,110.00 In Bond £1,348.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Neal Martin, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 L'Évangile was picked September 21 to October 4, and matured in 50% new oak and 15% in clay amphora. It registers 14.0% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. This is very different and, unsurprisingly, far superior on the nose of black cherries, black truffle, crushed stone and a touch of orange peel; very focused and very Pomerol. The palate is medium-bodied, cohesive and elegant with supple tannins and fine acidity, yet there is real depth and a sense of nascent energy toward the finish. The young Cabernet Franc on gravel soils from the Chantecaille lieu-dit absolutely defines this 2021. A great success for this reenergized estate. Drink 2030 - 2070

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 93-95

    A blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 L'Evangile offers up aromas of plums, cherries and wild berries mingled with notions of rose petals, violets, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, ample and velvety, with fine concentration and rich, powdery structuring tannins that assert themselves on the finish, this estate's rather low average vine age meant Evangile didn't suffer much from coulure this year, and the rainy growing season also spared young Cabernet Franc from hydric stress—explaining its historically high percentage in the 2021 blend.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 L'Évangile is a heady, sensual wine. Silky and pliant, with fabulous balance, L'Évangile is a stand-out. The blend includes 30% Cabernet Franc, high for the château, but what really stands out is the wine's balance. Red/purplish fruit, blood orange, rose petal and spice are all wrapped together by silky, pliant tannins. Franc aromatics and saline underpinnings extend the finish. Élevage is 50% new oak, 35% one year-old barrels and 15% amphora. Readers will find a super-classic Évangile that has tons of potential. I loved it. Drink 2031-2061

  • Goedhuis, April 2022, Score: 98-99

    A new team at this great Pomerol estate, run by the delightful Juliette Couderc. Her passion and enthusiasm were infectious as she talked us through her first full vintage at the estate. A blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 combines a previously unseen grace and finesse, but with Evangile’s hallmark opulence and self-confidence. An uplifting experience, a brilliant wine. Very lovely indeed.

  • Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022, Score: 93-95

    Rich in color, with little effort you find chocolate, black plums, truffle, coffee bean, mint and flowers in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, vibrant, and loaded with chewy red fruits, chalky tannins, freshness, spice and leafy herbs that add to the sweetness in the red pit fruits. The wine blends 69% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14% ABV. The harvest took place September 21 - October 4. The wine is aging in a combination of 50% new, French oak, 15% amphora and used oak barrels. The Grand Vin was made from 55% of the harvest. Drink from 2025-2048.

  • Jane Anson, April 2022, Score: 94

    A good example of how skilful winemaking adapts to conditions - all the Cabernet Sauvignon has gone into the 1st wine this year because it achieved plenty of natural concentration, while recently it has been put into Blason because it took away from the elegance of the 1st wine. Savoury, supple black and blue fruits, austere but with sapidity and juice, and a gorgeous wash of campfire smoke, salted caramel, liquorice, cloves and saffron spices. 20hl/h yield after mildew. This is their first organic-certified vinified, and first year with Juliette Couderc as technical director from beginning to end of the growing season. Harvest September 21 to October 4. No chaptilisation. 50% new oak, 15% amphora, 3.6ph.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2022, Score: 18.5+

    It was a pleasure to meet Juliette Couderc at L’Evangile, and there is no doubt that this woman has the work ethic and forensic knowledge of her craft to take this estate to another level. She explained that two plots of young vine Cabernet Franc vines performed amazingly well (like Cheval Blanc), contributing to an astoundingly ripe, dense and seriously impressive wine. The nose is exceptional and intriguing, and the colour is darker than many, with creamy tannins and superb weight. While it is formed of only 69% Merlot, this is a wine founded on clay, and the depth of flavour is wickedly enticing. Juliette explained that she and her team work on perfume intricacies, endeavouring to add spice notes and other higher, complex tones. While there is no doubt that some of this detail can be determined in the chai, the driving force of the elemental flavours in this beautiful wine is found only metres from the room in which I tasted this wine. Do skip to my note for Blason for more technical notes; suffice to say that this is a direction-shifting wine from L’Evangile, and while the adjustment is subtle, it will have a long-lasting effect, and this wine will stand as a vital marker in time for this noble property.

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2021 Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2027 - 2050
  • Château Léoville Las Cases
  • 6x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£975.00 In Bond £1,186.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Neal Martin, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 Léoville Las Cases was picked from 28 September until 8 October and includes just 5% Merlot from the northern sectors of the vineyard due to coulure. They found that increased percentages of Merlot did not contribute to the blend. Matured in 85% new oak, it has an intense nose with black fruit, graphite and light iris flower aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, quite a potent marine influence at play, almost briny (perhaps accentuated by the changeable weather on the day of my visit). Very impressive in terms of depth and backbone/grip with iodine and oyster shells towards the finish, this is a cerebral Las-Cases that will demand patience. Then again, name me a vintage of Las-Cases that doesn't! Alcohol here is at 13.20%. Drink 2030 - 2070

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 95-97

    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2021 Léoville Las Cases is reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of the 1999 and 1996—only better. Offering up incipiently complex aromas of cassis, plums and dark berries mingled with loamy soil, cigar wrapper and exotic spices, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with superb amplitude and concentration, velvety tannins, lively acids and a long, penetrating finish. Uniting classicism and charm, it exemplifies how a great terroir, exigent agronomy and meticulous winemaking can deliver greatness even in a less propitious vintage. It's a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and a mere 5% Merlot this year, checking in at 13.2% alcohol.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 Léoville Las-Cases is classy, nuanced and so expressive. There's gorgeous depth, and yet the 2021 is not as explosive as it has been in the recent past. That's not a bad thing, not at all. Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc comprise fully 95% of the blend in a Las Cases that is beautifully persistent from start to finish. It's a wine that has one foot in its rich, historical past, and the other very much in the more modern style of contemporary vintages. There is so much to look forward to. Drink 2031-2061

  • Goedhuis, April 2022, Score: 96-98

    Arguably the most aristocratic of the great Médoc second growths. The 2021 is a superb example of this great estate’s pedigree. Comprising of 95 % Cabernet fruit (Sauvignon and Franc) it reflects the refinement of the very best of the vintage with a reserve of controlled power. The initial impression is graceful and slightly more in check than a bolder vintage. As the wine evolves, there is a sense of brooding power, always balanced by an overriding charm and finesse. A very lovely wine indeed.

  • Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    Dark ruby with hints of purple around the edge, the wine exudes smoke, cedar, tobacco leaf, slate, lead pencil, blackberries, espresso and currants. One of the more powerful wines of the vintage, the wine offers loads of black and red fruits, ripe, present, salty tannins, and a juicy, almost creamy, yet classically structured finish. Produced from a blend 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. 13.20% ABV. This is the first time you find more Cabernet Franc than Merlot in the blend in the history of the estate. Drink from 2025-2055.

  • Jane Anson, April 2022, Score: 94

    Plenty of fruit on display here, with waves of cassis, blackberry and bilberry along with the more typical of the vintage redcurrant and blueberry, savoury and full of juice, along with cloves, black pepper, slate and graphite. There is a power here, and estate signature, but the austerity that you often find in young Las Cases is really dominant in the architecture and character of the wine right now, and you will need patience over ageing for it to soften. 85% new oak. A strong candidate for upscoring in bottle.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2022, Score: 18.5

    Las Cases has a thrilling Cabernet-drenched theme spiked with hints of anise and spice, and yet it stays the elegant and sophisticated side of the track and never lapses into flamboyance or ostentatiousness. This is the beauty of Bordeaux, and it is what makes every wine fascinating and so different. The skill of adapting to the vintage and creating the finest wine possible sets apart the great estates from the rest, and Las Cases has made a beautiful and immutably Las Cases-shaped wine in 2021. Interestingly, Cabernet Franc plays a vital role in this wine, lifting the nose and adding filigree, violet and blackberry leaf details to the Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a fleshy, bold wine with a sublime density of fruit, and yet it is the length that is most impressive. I tasted it directly after Clos du Marquis, and the finish must be two or three times as long! This is another triumphant 2021, and I do not doubt that while it will drink fairly young in the greater scheme of things, it will age perfectly, too.

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2021 Ch L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2027 - 2050
  • Château l'Eglise-Clinet
  • 6x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£1,250.00 In Bond £1,516.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Neal Martin, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet was picked September 27–29, a rapid harvest within three days; winemaker Noëmie Durantou told me she wanted to beat the forecasted rain that would have diluted the fruit. Raised in 75% new oak, this has a less concentrated, mineral-driven bouquet that bides its time, offering nuanced pine cone scents with aeration. The palate is clearly built around elegance, with its finely chiseled tannins and wonderful crushed stone notes. Perhaps a more streamlined l'Eglise-Clinet, showing wonderful precision. This Pomerol never tries to outdo its limitations or ape previous vintages, lending it an intangible sense of honesty. Beautiful. (14.0% alcohol). Drink 2029 - 2060

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 93-96

    A deep, serious wine, the 2021 L'Eglise Clinet unwinds in the glass with notions of wild berries and plums mingled with dark chocolate, sweet loamy soil, warm spices, violets and black truffle. Full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, it's rich and layered, with a concentrated core of fruit, lively acids and plenty of ripe, powdery tannin that nods to its origins in a sector of Pomerol capable of producing some of the appellation's most structured, long-lived wines. It's a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet is a spherical, sensual Pomerol of uncommon depth and intensity. Racy and voluptuous, with terrific depth, the 2021 is striking. Crème de cassis, chocolate, new leather, spice, menthol and licorice all build as the 2021 opens in the glass. The combination of power and finesse is remarkable. I especially admire the energy and focus in the 2021. This is the first vintage that includes a parcel of Cabernet Franc that was previously used for the Petite Eglise. Drink 2031-2061

  • Goedhuis, April 2022, Score: 96-98

    Noëmie Durantou has taken the pressure of succeeding her much loved and hugely talented father Denis totally in her stride. He would be rightly proud as the Durantou stable of wines have all excelled in 2021. A blend of 75% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc aged in 75% new oak gives flavours of dark chocolate, black olive and spiced oak. Composed, poised and refined, the sumptuously rich berry fruits unfurl and build in the palate. Deliciously vibrant, this is quite fabulous.

  • Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    Deep ruby in color, roses, truffles, chocolate, clay and a touch of mint are easy to find in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, bright, elevated, crisp and with a chalky edge to the finish, you also find fresh, sweet plums, cocoa-dusted cherries and a bit of chocolate covered orange rind in the endnote. From a blend of 85% % Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV, the harvest took place September 27-September 29. It is great to see continuing strong wines from the Durantou family. Drink from 2025-2050.

  • Jane Anson, April 2022, Score: 95

    Rich and precise on the nose, and here you see why austerity in tannic structure can be a rather beautiful attribute - carved, careful, precise, coming through as energy and potential rather than forbidding. Not as dense as the 2018 or 2019, think instead of the intellectual 2017 but with more depth to the tannins. Blueberry, bilberry, loganberry, violet flowers, slate, earth, mandarin zest and incense. Harvest September 27 to 29, no chaptilisation, 75% new oak.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2022, Score: 19.5+

    This is a very exciting L’Eglise Clinet with every element of La Petit Eglise’s armoury but with more volume, more richesse, slightly more structure, and infinite detail. The perfume is sensational and exotic and very real - like walking down a country lane in the autumn with your senses on red alert. The oak acidity and tannin are all perfectly entwined, but they take a back seat allowing the splendid fruit to shine. This thrilling wine is one of the most expressive and refined vintages from this brilliant label. Noëmie Durantou Reilhac mentioned that she found the calmness of going into a church in this wine. I think that this is an atmospheric image, as long as this moment coincided with a full peeling of bells coming to a dramatic stop. The cacophony and subsequent silence, with the aerial vibrations diminishing above the congregation, was akin to what was happening above my body after I tasted this wine.

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2021 Ch Canon 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2026 - 2040
  • Château Canon
  • 6x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£540.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    A bright, fresh and racy wine, combining both red and black currants, it is full of electrifying energy. 71% Merlot fills out the palate with deep, dark toffee and oriental spice, whilst 29% Cabernet Franc brings a joyful, fresh vibrance. Well-structured tannins come through on the finish. This has tremendous potential.

  • Neal Martin, April 2022, Score: 92-94

    The 2021 Canon was picked September 16 to October 6 and matured in 50% new oak for a planned 16–18 months. Around 70% of the vineyard produced the normal yield, which underwent a 50% deselection, yet it still yielded 40hL/ha because the vines did not suffer stress. After mildew, any bunches that showed damage on the stems were removed. Nicolas Audebert told me that there was no concentration or saignée, just a little chaptalization (around 0.5–1.0%, depending on the tank). This has quite a concentrated bouquet of opulent dark cherries, blueberry, violet and just a hint of camphor. The palate is medium-bodied and pliant, with gentle grip, saturated tannins and a judicious touch of spice toward the compact finish. While recent top-flight vintages may well eclipse this Canon, it still stands as a fine addition to the recent roster. Drink 2030 - 2060

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2022, Score: 95-97

    Dramatic, rich and imposing, the 2021 Canon is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Sculpted red purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, sage and crushed rocks all race out of the glass. A heady, vertical wine, Canon is endowed with tremendous concentration and class. The aromatics alone are beguiling, but it is the wine's balance that impresses most. Tasted three times. This is such an elegant and regal wine. Drink 2031-2061

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    A brilliant wine in the making, the 2021 Canon offers up aromas of cherries, wild berries, licorice, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa, Indian spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's immensely refined and seamless, with a lively spine of acidity, ripe tannins and a long, penetrating, intensely saline finish. This beautifully balanced Canon is one of the classiest, most complete wines of the Right Bank in this vintage. Tasted four times.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2022, Score: 18.5

    This is a gentle, layered, silky and near-flamboyant Canon, and nothing is forced nor too urgent, and the result is a wine that is serenely fruited and beautifully balanced on the nose and palate. While this is firmly a medium-weight wine, there is a density of perfume and succulence on the palate, and it will enchant all-comers. The freshness and elegance here are tremendous, and the flavours are kaleidoscopic. With an impressive length and thought-provoking complexity, this is a multifaceted wine with great accuracy, refinement, and drive.

  • Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022, Score: 94-96

    The nose stands out with its nuances of flowers, crushed stones, spearmint, cigar wrapper, red plums, fresh cherries, herbs, and a touch of fennel. The wine is all about its freshness, purity, energy and elegant nature, finishing with silky tannins with their trademark touch of salt, mint leaf, and sweet, vibrant red berries. The wine blends 71% Merlot with 29% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 16 - October 6. Drink from 2026-2055.

  • Jane Anson, April 2022, Score: 96

    Gorgeous bright plum colour with violet reflections. The epitome of careful, precise, well-spliced winemaking. Sibling estate Berliquet has perhaps more immediate charm, because there is more power running through it, but this is just elegance and finesse personified. Red cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, slate, saffron, oyster shell, they have teased out layers of complexity that were not easy to find in the vintage, and there is length also, with pummice stone salinity scraping across the palate. It's subtle, and it's not at the heights of a 2019 Canon, but this will not be out of place in a vertical of the estate. Tasted twice. 50% new oak, 40hl/h yield, harvest September 16 to October 8. Thomas Duclos consultant.

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