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June 30, 2020

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Tasting - 23rd June 2020 - Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Tasting – Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Henri Guiraud – Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris

The Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux, Caroline Delaroche and Anne-Marie Capdemourlin,

sent us 30 samples of 2019 Primeurs so that we could hold a tasting to discover this fine Vintage. The Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris was the first of the twelve Commanderies worldwide to schedule their date: Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

The 30 wine samples are listed at the end of this article. It is a wide selection of wines, including sparkling, clairet, rosé, dry white, sweet white and red wines, from the appellations of Bordeaux-Bordeaux Supérieurs, Médoc, Graves, Sauternes, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Côtes de Bordeaux and also wines from the Bordeaux Wine Trade. 

The services of an accredited Wine Tutor from the CIVB Bordeaux Wine School, Franck Ramage (, were made available to guide us and give comments for this Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Tasting, part of which was broadcast live via Zoom.   

13 members of the Commanderie accepted the invitation. We met at the Chais de France at 6pm on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. Jean de la Porte des Vaux kindly prepared all the samples for this 2019 Tasting.   

To accompany our tasting, a selection of roasted and cold meats, as well a splendid cheese platter from an award-winning French craftsman. 

The tasting of the 30 Primeurs 2019 wine samples was a strenuous task, requiring our mental and physical efforts! This event was a success, however, thanks to the professionalism of our accredited Bordeaux Wine School tutor, Franck Ramage.  

The firm favourites of the Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris tasting were: firstly, the Wine Trade rosé, Citran from the Maison Ginestet and secondly Clos Jean, AOC Loupiac.

Tasters fully enjoyed the freshness and fruitiness of the dry white wines.

In the red wines, we found a fine classical style for Château Grand Corbin, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Pedesclaux, Château de Pitray, Château Siran... We noted great winemaking for Château La Cabanne, Château St-Georges and Château Caroline. We had some lovely suprises with Wine Trade wines, particularly Bord’Art rosé and Bad Boy…

To sum up, the 30 samples are all very well made wines, a superb vintage; some preferences and personal tastes were mentioned here and there. Overall, the tannins are nicely melt-in-the mouth for Primeurs red wines, allowing us to assess the very good ageing potential of these wines.

This 2019 Bordeaux Vintage Tasting was a superb occasion for the Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris, as we await our next Banquet and Induction ceremony planned for 13th October 2020.

With best regards,


Henri Guiraud – Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux in Paris.

PS: Here are a few photos of our evening, including a nice “family” snap.

List of the 30 wine samples
Château Boutinet 2019 AOC Bordeaux Clairet    
Château Croix de Queynac 2019 AOC Bordeaux Blanc  
Villa Gaubert 2019 AOC Bordeaux Rosé    
Lisennes Crémant 2019 AOC Crémant de Bordeaux  
Cabernet Sauvignon Château La Freynelle 2018 AOC Bordeaux Rouge    
Château Siran 2019 AOC Margaux Médoc  
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  
Clos Jean 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  
Château de Francs 2019 AOC Francs  
ViN'Ature de Château des Tourtes 2019 AOC Blaye  
Citran 2019 Maison Ginestet AOC Bordeaux Rosé    
Ginestet 2019 Maison Ginestet AOC Bordeaux Blanc sec 
Cuvée Clémence 2019 Cheval Quancard AOC Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc     
Bad Boy 2019 SAS Thunevin AOC Bordeaux Rouge  
Bord'Art 2019 MT Vins AOC Bordeaux Rosé  

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