Bordeaux En Primeur 2021

By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director

After two lockdown vintages, the 2021 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign was held in France last month. It was wonderful to be able to travel to Bordeaux and taste the latest vintage alongside the winemakers.

It was a difficult vintage, but the best wines displayed a wonderful freshness and finesse.

To be the first to hear about our carefully curated selection of Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur, please sign up here:

 

The 2021 Bordeaux vintage is being hailed as the 'Miracle Vintage' by some winemakers: between late frosts and a cool, damp summer, it was a difficult vintage, and grape yields were significantly reduced compared to recent years. However, late September warmth meant that the winemakers who were brave enough to leave the grapes on the vines and harvest late, were rewarded with excellent quality fruit.

 

The cooler 2021 vintage conditions imparted an aromatic freshness and vibrant acidity to the best wines, which generally display lower alcohol levels than those of recent, warmer vintages. Despite the quantity of wine being lower than recent years, the quality is undiminished and the 2021 vintage has been well received by critics. 

 

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2021 offering presents the opportunity to purchase the 2021 vintage wines whilst they are still maturing in oak barrels at the Châteaux in France. There is a chance the value of these wines may increase in the future and purchasing at a fixed price now often represents the best value for these fine wines*. The wines will arrive in Dublin in spring/summer 2024, after they have finished ageing in barrel and are bottled in Bordeaux. 

 

How To Buy En Primeur In 4 Steps

  1. Select which En Primeur wine/wines you would like to order & pay for them today. Please note that this order can only contain wine from the En Primeur selection and may not include any other web products.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email and receipt for your order.

Please disregard any reference to shipping/delivery in these automated emails. We will contact you as soon as your wines arrive in 2024.

  1. In the spring/summer of 2024 you will be invoiced for the Excise Duty and VAT associated with your purchase.
  2. The 2021 vintage wines will be bottled and released by the Châteaux in the spring of 2024 at which time we will ship the wines from France to your preferred location in Ireland. The cost of shipping is included in the price paid today.

 

To be notified of our En Primeur 2021 vintage releases, please use the sign-up form at the top of this email. If you need any advice, please contact our Wine Team at enprimeur@obrienswine.ie

 

*Please note that fine wine prices fluctuate with market demand and there is no guarantee on future valuation.

**Taxes will be charged at the rate set by revenue when the wines arrive in the country. For estimation purposes the current Excise Duty rates in Ireland is €3.19 per bottle (€19.14 per six bottle case) and 23% VAT



Château Gloria 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

€204 for a 6 bottle case

 
"A darkly herbal nose, blackcurrant and brambles. Juicy and alive on the palate, this is quite high-toned with a sharpness to the fruit yet also a pencil lead-chalkiness giving this push pull of brightness as well as a savoury touch. I like the clarity of flavours, the precision that comes across - it's playful and fun and all seems in balance with the minerality showing through on the palate too. A little light on the mid palate, but easy to like.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2035"
-90/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 

Château Phélan Ségur 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Saint- Estèphe, Bordeaux

€236 for a 6 bottle case

 
"One of the absolute standouts for me this year. A dark and brooding nose with purity and concentration. The palate is finely textured with mineral-laced tannins that give grip in the mouth but letting the nuances of fruit and acidity play out in harmony. I love the intensity, it's rich but perfectly executed - elegant and finessed with balance and charm but above all a sense of energy and freshness that makes it one of the more memorable wines. Despite the challenges of the vintage, the fruit is ripe and dense and this gives no drop in the mid palate, sustaining pace and directness from start to finish. This is the first time to have such high percentages of both Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Petit Verdot (4%) in the blend. A gorgeous wine that has such promise. A surefire must buy and what should be great value too. Tasted twice and both times this was delicious with exceptional freshness and longevity.
Drinking Window 2025- 2049"
-94/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 



Château Kirwan 3ème Cru Classé 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pauillac, Bordeaux

€228 for a 6 bottle case

 

"Dark chocolate powder and ripe blackcurrants on the nose. Succulent and supple on the palate, this has a nice bouncy, plush and plump feeling to it. It's not massively expansive but does have a great mouthfeel in terms of texture and overall generosity of flavours. Tannins are fine and the juicy acidity is really to the fore here alongside some lovely floral elements. Bright and perky though still quite linear, with a nice initial impact and long finish. This should improve during ageing.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2040"
-91/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 

Château de Fieuzal 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

€203 for a 6 bottle case

 
"A lovely rich tone to the nose here, concentrated and lively. Freshly picked cherry and strawberry fruit give a hit of sharp, brightness before the chalky texture envelops the palate and curtails the forward motion. The acidity is excellent and this has the potential to be quite lively but the structure is taking the fore at the moment with an austerity that brings the wine to a close fairly swiftly though the minerality and coolness gives a long impressive finish. Well constructed with polish and lots of potential. 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2030"
-91/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 



Château Lynch-Bages 5ème Cru 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pauillac, Bordeaux

€665 for a 6 bottle case

 

"Sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose, softly jammy and expressive. You can really feel the ripeness here, grapes got full maturity and this is plush, mouthfilling and plump with chewy tannins - more opulent and perfumed than others also with more power and body. Tannins are mouthfilling and you get the stone minerality and the Cabernet freshness that really takes over giving this a sense of tension and grip. A really characterful and expressive Pauillac where the tannins and acidity perfectly compliment each other with the muscular and concentrated fruit also giving a multi-faceted dimension. 3% Cabernet Sauvignon completes the blend. 3.72pH. Ageing 75% new barrels.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2048"
-95/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 

Echo de Lynch-Bages 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pauillac, Bordeaux

€222 for a 6 bottle case

 
"Seductively scented, deep and dark, ripe black fruits with very soft floral scents. Ripe, juicy and so approachable, such a great texture, mouthfilling in a delicate way. It's a cool style, with blue fruits - blueberries, plums. cherries - but the tannins are so well integrated and underpinned by quite high acidity that this just stays off being austere for the moment (but does give a healthy dose of firmness on the mid-palate). I love the overall feel, really well worked with a light overall frame. A slow burner with classic charm. 3.70pH.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2034"
-89/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 



Château Lassègue 2021 En Primeur Deposit

St-Émilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux

€144 for a 6 bottle case

 

"Amazing aromatics - very fruit forward on the nose full of blackcurrant, black cherry and black pepper. The strawberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit absolutely sings in the glass, punchy with excellent clarity and soft plushness. Silky tannins, barely there except to give a mineral, wet stone texture which is to the fore. It’s profound in terms of depth of flavour - vertical and structured, but not heavy or exuberant with freshness and focus keeping it lifted and graceful. Well balanced, harmonious and full of classicism in the best sense. This is the 19th vintage for winemaker Pierre Seillan, whose son will now take the helm. No chaptalisation needed here. 3.64pH. Ageing in 70% new oak.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040"
-93/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 

Château Fourcas-Hosten 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux

€108 for a 6 bottle case

 
"Fragrant wild berry notes on the nose. Lovely presentation on the palate, this has an immediate savoury feel with coffee, toffee, milk chocolate and sweet liquorice that edge the black fruits. Tannins are firm and give the frame as well as a cooling aerial aspect that goes on and on. It stops perhaps a little bit short a touch of spice and liquorice on the finish but this has good potential.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2035"
-89/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 



Château Ormes de Pez 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

€147 for a 6 bottle case

 

"Sweet strawberry, orange, grapefruit, plums and blackcurrants, but the sweet jammy kind. This is fruit forward and expressive out the gate, round and so appealing. Spiced aspects from the Petit Verdot with a sturdy backbone in terms of structure and frame. Tannins are more on the austere side, fine and detailed, extremely mouthfilling but you can almost taste each one with the minerality coming through strongly leaving that clean wet stone taste in the mouth. Ripe and juicy dark fruit also. This is medium bodied with lots of precision in terms of detail. Lovely potential here. 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.68pH.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040"
-91/100 Points Decanter Wine Magazine
 

Château Léoville Barton 2ème Cru 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

€420 for a 6 bottle case

 
"Heady on the nose, perfumed and scented. The palate is alive and playful, delivering high acidity but also focused fruit so it's both lightly framed and fun, but also savoury and serious. Smooth and silky tannins give the gentle frame, letting the strawberry, creamy raspberry and red cherry fruit do the talking. It's unfussy, all the elements to the fore but all well balanced with a charming texture overall and persistence of high-toned red berry fruits with saline sides. Hints of green pepper, black pepper, slate and pencil lead on the finish. I like this a lot!
Drinking Window 2026 - 2048"
-94/100 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine
 



Château Langoa-Barton 3ème Cru 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

€222 for a 6 bottle case

 

"A dark, brooding nose, full of bramble fruits and cherry chocolate drops. Tannins are to the fore; they coat the mouth giving a chewy, supple texture lifting the bright strawberry, bitter raspberry and juicy red cherry fruits and giving this an air of knitted tension - all delivered in one straight line. I like the focus, it doesn't waver from start to finish and is intense the whole way also with sweet cedar, clove and cinnamon edges to the finish which gives nuances and depth.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2044"
-93/100 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château Lynch-Moussas 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pauillac, Bordeaux

€180 for a 6 bottle case

 

"A dark, knitted nose. Red and black cherries, smooth and well textured with fine tannins that just give support. I like the blue fruit touch on the palate, this has a cool feel aided by bitter dark chocolate elements adding the nuance but all presented with gusto. This is serious and powerful for sure with persistence and long length. It's like a greyhound straight out the gates, fast and decisive. Good balance and well built with power and concentration. A great effort and a real success for getting the most out the vintage. Tasted twice. Ageing 60% new oak.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2045"
-92/100 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 




Château Mauvesin Barton 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Moulis-En-Médoc, Bordeaux

€87 for a 6 bottle case

 

"The 2021 Mauvesin Barton was picked from 30 September until 11 October and aged in one-third new oak. There is more Cabernet this year (52%) due to frost damage. It has a vibrant nose with black cherries, bilberry and perhaps more floral scents than I have encountered apropos previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, not a deep or powerful Moulis, yet well-balanced and surfeit with freshness, a pleasant bitter swerve on the finish."
-90/100 Points, Vinous

 


Château La Pointe 2021 En Primeur Deposit

Pomerol, Bordeaux

€214 for a 6 bottle case

 

"Nuanced nose of black fruits and perfume, very pretty and appealing. Round and unctuous on the palate, but not so big or bold, more refined and stylish. Very charming with the perfume really evident on the palate, so floral which I really like. The fruit has energy and this is nicely chewy with good acidity. Everything in balance just lightly presented. It's calm but confident not trying too hard with some really appealing aspects.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040"
-91/100 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine