The 2021 Bordeaux vintage will be remembered as a Triumphant one for some
While the weather conditions during the growing season were anything but straightforward, this incredible region has given rise to some staggeringly beautiful wines in 2021. Sadly, Mother Nature got the better of many renowned estates, and their wines missed the mark. So, I have deleted no fewer than 38 notes for the first time in my Bordeaux Report because I know you will not be interested in buying wines with scores of less than 15.5/20 (or a Bronze Medal in judging parlance). 2021 is not a year in which you can reorder past favourites. Collectors must do their research before spending their money. With early releases indicating some value can be found this year, it is more important than ever to lodge your requests with your trusted wine merchants without delay. Allow me to be your guide. While this has been a bizarre year, not least because I have tasted more wines than ever before, the finest wines are unmissable and truly unique. There is excellence to be found both in the highest echelons down to simple Petit Château creations.
This is a 100% independent view of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage, and I hope that it will enable you to make highly informed decisions on which wines to buy for your cellar.
It is a great report and your introduction is spot on.
I look closely at Matthew Jukes’ tasting notes: he is a great art critic, with a personality that cannot be influenced.
It is always a pleasure to see Matthieu Jukes every year. We find his kind comments full and clear.
Matthew is a true wine lover who goes directly to the properties for a deep understanding of the weather, terroir and winemaker. His reports are detailed, fair and concise.
Very detailed and gives great insight to your readers.
Clear and well-written.
Your comments are really precise.