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July 20, 2020

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Tasting - Commanderie de Bordeaux in Atlanta - 9th July 2020

Commanderie de Bordeaux in Atlanta – Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage En Primeur Tasting - Thursday 9th July 2020 

Maître Doug Bryant 
Commanderie de Bordeaux in Atlanta

  “The tasting was a success; we staggered the arrival times for the tasters to give them enough time to evaluate the wines in a safe environment. The tasting was held outside on my veranda with plenty of space to social distance.    

The overall opinion of the vintage was “very good”. The left bank might have had a slight advantage but we found the quality of both the left and right bank to be similar. The whites as well as the rosés were well made and pleasing to taste. The sweet wines were a big success with several of the tasters. "

Tasting notes:


Cuvée Clemence (Entre-Deux-Mers) - luscious floral and stone fruit flavors on the palate, nice acidity; a well-balanced wine: Very good  

  La Freynelle (Bordeaux) - intense flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, banana; rich, full body,: Very good

Ginestet (Bordeaux) - Crisp acidity with lemon-citrus and minerality on the palate: Good - Very good 


  La Collection No. 1 - Strawberry and minerality on the nose, nice crisp acidity, with pear and tropical aromas; balanced wine: Very good 

  Right Bank Reds 

Château de Pitray (Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux) - Red berries and exotic spice on the nose; high acidity, moderate alcohol and fine-grained, grippy tannins; balanced: Very good 

  Château Libertae (Bordeaux) - High tannins, moderate acidity, interesting aromas of flowers, soy, spice and dark black fruit; balanced: Very good 

Château Faugas (Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux) - Distinct minerality on the nose; flavors of blue berries, medium-plus acidity, smooth tannins. Very good. 

 Chateau Haut Gayat (Graves de Vayres) - red berries on the nose and palate, full body, slight bitter finish; balanced: Very good 

Château Gaby (Canon Fronsac) - Moderately intense aromas of red berries, with juicy red berries on the palate, moderate approachable tannins, moderate acidity; balanced: Very good 

 Vin'Ature (Château des Toutes - Blaye) - Aromas and flavors of cherry, moderate approachable tannins, medium-plus acidity, balanced: Very good.  

 Château Grand Corbin (St. Emilion Grand Cru) - Balanced, easy drinking wine with moderate levels of acidity and silky tannins: Very good 

 Château Franc le Maine (St. Emilion Grand Cru) - Balanced, easy drinking wine with moderate levels of acidity and silky tannins: Very good  

Château St. Georges (St. Georges - St. Emilion) - Intense berry characteristics, moderate-plus tannins, moderate-plus acidity, easy drinking; Very good 

Château La Cabanne (Pomerol) - Flowers, dark fruits, berry and spice, moderate-plus tannins, moderate acidity: Very good 

 Left Bank Reds  

Château Pedesclaux (Pauillac) - blackcurrant, red berries, cherry; moderate tannins and acidity; balanced: Very good to Excellent

  Château Siran (Margaux) - blackberries, high tannins and moderate plus acid; balanced: Very good  

 Château La Tour Martillac (Pessac-Leognan) - fennel, blackberry; high tannins, moderate plus acidity for good aging potential: Excellent 

  Château Cap Leon Veyrin (Listrac-Medoc) - blackcurrant, cherry, medium-plus tannins, medium body, classic style: Very good 

  Château Maurac (Haut Medoc) - blackcurrant, red and blue fruits, very high tannins, moderate-plus acidity, balanced: Excellent 

  Château Roquetaillade La Grange (Graves) - cassis, red fruits, high tannins, medium to high acidity, seems will age well for 8-10 years: Very good 

  Château Caroline (Moulis-en-Medoc) - interesting aromas of spice, woodiness, medium-plus tannins, moderate acidity, balanced; may age well for five years: Very good 


Château Loupiac-Gaudiet (Loupiac) - medium acidity, fully sweet, lighter style, aromas and flavors of turkish delight: Very good  

  Château de Myrat (Sauternes) - aromas and flavors of orange peel, medium acid, fully sweet, luscious texture: Excellent  

Comments from Kelleen Hubbs :

  "I’m certainly more Left Bank leaning although I did enjoy La Cabanne (Pomerol).  

  Red currant fruit, nice elegance in style for the higher pedigree reds, good tannic structure and even given the temperature I only felt alcohol on the lesser reds.    

The de Myrat Sauternes was absolutely fantastic and probably my favorite of the selection.

  My favourties were (in no particular order): 

  Château de Myrat , Château Siran, Château Latour-Martillac, Château La Cabanne, Château Caroline (this was a big surprise!), Château de Pitray (an established value).

Comments from Brendan Young:

  "Overall, we didn’t detect a significant quality difference between Left and Right Banks. Margaux showed well, but that may just be my natural preference coming out!

There are a few we’ve made a note to look for in the store in future:  Château Caroline , Château Siran, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Grand Corbin, Château Loupiac-Gaudiet, 

List of the 30 wine samples:

Château Turcaud 2019 AOC Bordeaux Bordeaux Clairet

Château La Freynelle 2019 AOC Bordeaux Bordeaux Blanc

Château de Pertignas 2019 AOC Bordeaux Bordeaux Rosé

Rioublanc Crémant 2019 AOC Crémant de Bordeaux

Château Lamothe Vincent Libertae 2018 AOC Bordeaux Rouge

Château Siran 2019 AOC Margaux

Château Pedesclaux 2019 AOC Pauillac Grand Cru Classé

Château Maurac 2019 AOC Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

Château Caroline 2019 AOC Haut-Médoc

Château Cap LéonVeyrin 2019 AOC Listrac-Médoc

Château Latour-Martillac 2019 AOC Pessac-Léognan Rouge Grand Cru Classé de Graves

Château Roquetaillade La Grange 2019 AOC Graves Rouge

Château Crabitey 2019 AOC Graves Blanc Graves

Château de Myrat 2019 AOC Sauternes - Grand Cru Classé en 1855 Graves

Château Loupiac- Gaudiet 2019 AOC Loupiac

Château Gaby 2019 AOC Canon-Fronsac

Château La Cabanne 2019 AOC Pomerol

Château Saint-Georges 2019 AOC Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion

Château Franc le Maine 2019 AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Château Grand Corbin 2019 AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Château de Pitray 2019 AOC Castillon

Château Haut-Gayat 2019 AOC Graves de Vayres

Château Faugas 2019 AOC Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

Château de Francs 2019 AOC Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Vin'Ature - Château des Tourtes 2019 AOC Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

Citran 2019 Maison Ginestet AOC Bordeaux Rosé

Ginestet 2019 Maison Ginestet AOC Bordeaux Blanc

Cuvée Clémence 2019 Cheval Quancard AOC Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc

Mauvais Garçon 2019 SAS Thunevin AOC Bordeaux rouge

Bord'Art 2019 MT Vins AOC Bordeaux Rosé

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