Points to Note
The hot dry weather made possible slow fruit ripening.
The 2019 growing season was less challenging than 2018, which was blighted by mildew. The only suboptimal characteristics were some heat spikes in July, drought conditions for some of the summer and rain during the harvest in mid-September. Although, some producers have stated the rain actually was a big positive, enabling the vines to be ‘refreshed’ and allowing for better ‘balance’.
Right Bank Reds: plenty of sunshine produced wines with thick skins, rich berry fruits with high sugars and higher alcohol than 2018. The wines have also shown good tannins and lots of colour compounds. Overall, the Merlots were seen as extremely successful with good acidity, freshness and balance.
Left Bank Reds: the berries are reported to be smaller than the 2018’s but with at least as much sugar but more acid, colour and tannins. Making for more ‘classically-balanced Cabernets’.
The vintage saw no one grape variety outshining others. The good weather allowed for leisurely harvesting in both left & right bank, with excellent results from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The Whites: have very good freshness, lovely acidity and low PH, reportedly the dry whites are showing better than the 2018’s.
The Bordeaux Institute of Wine & Vine Science (ISVV) has given 2019 vintage a 3.5 – 4-star rating out of 5. By way of example and scale, in the 2013 vintage not even 1-star was awarded and in 2014 3-stars were awarded.