3 bottle pack.
The Bordeaux 2019 vintage was an unusual one. Its release onto the market in early 2020 coincided with the early stages of the lockdown. From the ongoing confusion emerged one simple detail – the vintage was very, very good indeed! Jancis said, "The great thing about 2019 is its consistency". Parker said it was "vibrant, concentrated and structurally seamless".
So I've pulled three fantastic 2019 clarets together into one pack – one Margaux, one St Julien and one St Estephe. These are all drinking beautifully now, but could also go on developing for years to come.
You get one bottle each of:
– Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere 2019 Margaux
Jean Michel Garcion brought his father expertise in Cabernets from the Loire to Margaux in 1989, the year we opened the doors at Handford Wines. He has quietly forged himself a reputation as the king of Cab. Haut Breton is vastly underrated. Jean Michel has stuck to a timeless recipe, purity of Cabernets, to offer wines are as good as the likes of nearby Issan and the excellent Brane Cantenac.
– Chateau Phelan Segur 'Frank Phelan' 2019 St Estephe
Phelan is on fire! Recent vintages have been outstanding and a culmination of two decades of the ceaseless dedication of retiring vineyard manager, Luc Peyronnet. James was there in April 2022 enjoying quail from the brazier with this exceptional 2019. It has that classic inky, sea shell feel of St Estephe balanced by more uplifting, ripe and ready black fruits. This is a mid weight red that pairs well with more delicate dishes – Chef Jean-Luc Beaufils pairs the 2017 with Medoc gambas ceviche!
– Reserve de Leoville Barton 2019 Saint Julien
James spent a long time with Lilian Barton Sartorius in April to further understand the changes she and her daughter are making here. Wines show the same brooding, deep, deep colour but no longer threaten another visit to the dentist with their biting and youthful tannins. Silky elegance is the theme now.