2019 St. Emilion Wine in Bottle Tasting Report Pt 3


2019 Saint Emilion wine guide Part 3, the complete guide to all the best wines of the vintage concludes our report on 2019 St. Emilion and covers all the top wines N-Z. As mentioned, because we tasted so many 2019 St. Emilion wines, we needed to divide our guide to 2019 Saint Emilion into 3 articles. You can read about the wines in Part 1, 2019 St. Emilion Wines A-G and Part 2 with all the top 2019 St. Emilion Wines H-M

For a review of the vintage conditions or to look at tasting notes and ratings for more than 750 wines The Complete Guide To all the Best 2019 Bordeaux Wines

All of the following 2019 St. Emilion wines were tasted in non-blind conditions in my home office.

2019 Palais Cardinal – Medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh red fruits with a touch of cocoa on the nose and palate already shine through nicely. The vibrant wine finishes with a refined edge to the red fruits. Drink from 2022-2030 90 Pts

2019 Palais Cardinal La Reserve – Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, fruit-filled, forward wine with a core of cherries, plums and touches of chocolate with savory herbs is perfect for enjoyment on release and for up to a decade after it hits the stores. Drink from 2022-2031. 91 Pts

2019 Palais Cardinal Le Palatin – Fresh, forward, soft and polished cherries and plums with a touch of spice and round textures in the finish steal the show in this early drinking charmer. Drink from 2022-2030. 89 Pts

2019 Palatin – Medium-bodied, soft-textured, bright red fruits with flowers and peppery spice form the core of this wine. The finish carries on with the red fruits along with a touch of mint in the finish. Drink from 2023-2033. 89 Pts

2019 Pas de l’Ane – Dramatically better in bottle thank in the barrel. The wine has gained in weight and complexity during its aging as now you find layers of dark plums, ripe, black cherries, flowers, licorice, and cocoa. Medium-bodied, soft and silky with nice freshness in the plummy finish. Drink from 2022 to 2034. 90 Pts

2019 Patris Querre – Opening with notes of licorice, black and red fruits, flowers and a touch of espresso, the wine is soft, forward, elegant and fruity. You can enjoy this medium-bodied, forward charmer on release with ease, as well as age for up 12 years or more. 90 Pts

2019 Pavie – With a beautiful, dark, rich color, the wine opens its perfume to reveal a bouquet of flowers, crushed stones, black cherry, blackberry, espresso and cigar box aromas. The wine is intensely concentrated, opulent, fresh, and most-importantly, balanced. Everything is working together here. Rich and mouth-coating, the fruits display purity and touches of salty-minerality. The finish builds and expands in all the right directions. 2019 is the first vintage where the Merlot does not dominate the blend. The wine was made using 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all the great vintages of Pavie, the wine needs time to age and evolve. Drink from 2035-2060. 98 Pts

2019 Pavie Aromes de Pavie – Medium-bodied, finesse-driven wine that comes out of the blocks with a strong floral sensation before quickly moving to its core of red cherries, tobacco leaf, herbs, and fennel. Soft in texture, with a bright, red plum and cherry finish. Drink from 2023-2032. 91 Pts

2019 Pavie Decesse – Inky in color, the wine is rich, dense, lush and shows a liqueur-influenced nose. The sensation of the fruits here is intense. The layers of intensely ripe, dark fruits, blackberries, plums and black cherries come in waves. There is flesh and flash, with length that provides a long, fruit-packed finish. drink from 2027-2050. 94 Pts

2019 Pavie Macquin – Full-bodied, concentrated, and loaded with ripe, very ripe, and perfectly ripe red with black fruits, flowers, spice, mocha and smoke is intoxicating. Long, lush, rich, and supple, there is density along with lift, length, and complexity that makes for an exciting tasting experience. The finish really holds on and expands as it lingers. Drink from 2025-2047. 97 Pts

2019 Peby Faugeres – With a good depth of color, the fruit here is equally dark with its blend of black, dark red, and blue fruits which are made even more interesting with their licorice, chocolate, wet earth, and espresso tinted accents. Concentrated, full-bodied, deep and long, the wine is lusciously textured, opulent, vibrant, and deep, finishing with a blast of chocolate-covered black cherries that linger. Drink from 2024-2055. 96 Pts

2019 Petit Faurie deSoutard – With a savory, bouquet garni nose, the wine pops on the palate with lush, soft, polished, fresh red and black fruits, finishing with black cherries and a hit of peppery spice. 91 Pts

2019 Petit Gravet Aine – Savory red fruits are the first thing you find on the nose and on the medium-bodied palate, along with a strong sense of minerality, dark chocolate, salty tannins and red plums with black raspberries in the finish. The wine has one of the highest percentages of any Saint Emilion at close to 90% of the blend. Give it a few years in the bottle to soften and fill out. Drink from 2025-2040. 93 Pts

2019 Petit-Fombrauge – Espresso, cherries, savory herbs, five-spice and red plums come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft polished, elegant and refined with a kirsch and raspberry oriented, spicy, cocoa oriented finish. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Pts

2019 Pierre 1er – Medium-bodied, fresh, bright, red plum and cherry filled wine with added notes of cocoa on the nose and elegantly-textured palate. You can enjoy this on release for all of its up-front, sweet, red fruits. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Pts

2019 Pierre de Lune – With a nice depth of color the wine is round, lush forward, soft and polished with toasted oak, espresso, dark cocoa and ripe, sweet, black plums on the nose and palate. Give this a few years to in the cellar to better integrate. Drink from 2023-2035. 91 Pts

2019 Poesia – The perfume here reminds me of a freshly picked bouquet of flowers. Soft, silky, fresh, and vibrant, the fruits show a gorgeous sense of purity in the sweet, ripe, kirsch and plums, with lift and chalky tannins in the finish. Long, refined, and complex, this is already a joy to taste. But its best days are in the future if you can hold off from opening a bottle. Drink from 2024-2038. 95 Pts

2019 Pressac – Energetic, fresh, silky and refined, the wine blends sweet red fruits, espresso, touches of cocoa, licorice, flowers and a refined, medium-bodied character. Everything is in place to offer close to 2 decades of elegant drinking. Drink from 2023-2035. 93 Pts

2019 Pressac Tour de Pressac – Medium-bodied, forward, fruity and fresh this is perfect for near-term drinking for all of its sweet, red berry character. Drink from 2022-2027. 87 Pts

2019 Quinault LEnclos – Touches of espresso, licorice, chocolate-covered cherries, and smoked earth come alive on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, polished, and fresh, finishing with ripe, sweet, fresh red plums, cocoa and a hint of savory herbs on the backend. Drink from 2024-2037. 93 Pts

2019 Quintus – Quite spicy, with intense notes of flowers, mint, tobacco leaf, cherries, plums, cloves, licorice, espresso, and crushed stone on the nose. Soft, silky, and fresh, the wine is long, vibrant, supple, and finishes with plums, cherries, and a touch of chocolate mint with 5 spice. The Grand Vin, which comes from only 26% of the crop was produced by blending 55% Merlot with 45% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2042. 95 Pts

2019 Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus – Forward, fresh, soft and silky, this elegant, spicy, cherry and red plum-filled wine already delivers layers of sweet, ripe cherries and plums. The wine is a blend of 86% Merlot with 14% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Pts

2019 Ripeau – Deep, dark, rich and intense, with a luscious quality to its texture. Opulent, fresh, long and deep, the wine offers a multi-layered expression of black plums, dark cherry, licorice, chocolate fudge, and espresso beans from start to finish. The new owners continue investing in the vineyard and cellars with the desire to make the best wine possible. This is a property to watch. Drink from 2023-2039. 94 Pts

2019 Rocheyron – It is difficult to decide what I like best, the opulent, polished, luxuriously textured fruits, or the show, floral, licorice, chocolate and dark red pit fruits on the nose and palate. Fortunately, you do not have to decide because here, you have plenty of both! The velvety finish leaves you with multiple layers of sweet, pure cherries, black plums, earth and thyme. Drink from 2024-2047. 96 Pts

2019 Rol Valentin – Loads of fresh picked flowers, perfectly ripe, red and black cherries, fresh herbs and tints of cocoa are all over the place here, on the nose and palate. Blending silky-textures, freshness, and layers of elegant, red fruits with nuances of cocoa, licorice and spice in the background, this is going to be just great with a year or two of cellaring. Drink from 2024-2036. 92 Pts

2019 Roylland – With a touch of cinnamon, licorice, smoke, espresso, black raspberry and plum, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and fruity, with soft, silky textures and a creamy plum packed finish. with a touch of salt to the tannins in the endnote. Give this just a year or two to age and it will be an even better wine. 90 Pts

2019 Saint-Georges-Cote-Pavie – Much better in the bottle than it was from the barrel, the wine pops with nuances of flowers, licorice, espresso bean, black cherry and black plum. Rich, round, soft, and polished, the finish is loaded with silky textured fruits with a nice touch of salty-minerality on the finish. Drink from 2023-2034. 91 Pts

2019 Saint-Pey – This is an undiscovered gem, at least for me. Lusciously textured with layers silky dark cherries, plums, flowers and espresso, the wine is rich, soft and polished, with freshness and energy. Give it a few years in the cellar and this should be even better. Drink from 2024-2035. 93 Pts

2019 Saintayme – Flowers, vanilla, cherries, plums and earth show up easily on the nose. Soft and silky, fresh and forward, this is going to offer beautiful drinking on release. Drink from 2022-2032. 91 Pts

2019 Sansonnet – Deeply colored, the wine is loaded with an array of black, dark red and blue fruits. Full-bodied, and packed with dark chocolate, toasty oak, opulent, flamboyant textures that comes in layers, this is going to need a few years in the cellar to soften and fully-integrate. There is a minor touch of heat in the finish, (At 15%) but the wealth of fruit covers most of that up. Drink from 2025-2043. 95 Pts

2019 Soutard – Full-bodied, rich, lush, silky and vibrant, the wine is packed to the gills with layers of earthy, dark red fruits, flowers, freshness and purity. Elegant in style, the wine is medium-bodied, refined and clean, with a beautiful purity of fruit that shines. This is the finest vintage of Soutard I have ever tasted! Drink from 2024, 2050. 95 Pts

2019 Soutard-Petit-Soutard – Medium-bodied, forward, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is all about its forward-styled, red cherries, plums and fresh strawberries. You can drink this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2022-2028. 89 Pts

2019 SoutardCadet – Licorice, chocolate, spice, smoke. espresso and dark red pit fruits create the nose. The wine is lush, round, polished, fresh and fruity, with silky tannins and an espresso-tinted, dark cherry and blackberry packed finish. Drink from 2024-2037. 93 Pts

2019 Tauzinat L’Hermitage – Showing much better in the bottle than it did from the barrel, here you find layers of chocolate coated, black cherries, licorice, smoke and spice on the nose and palate. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, polished and just about ready to go. Though a few years in the cellar should add even more complexity. Drink from 2024-2035. 91 Pts

2019 Tertre Roteboeuf – A big blast of black raspberries, truffle, black plums, black cherries, chocolate, licorice, earth, and spice in the nose and on the lusciously textured, powerful, full, rich palate. Long, expansive, mouth-filling, and packed with earthy, sweet, black raspberries with concentration, length, complexity, and a uniqueness of character that makes you want to know more about the wine, making you take sip after sip. Drink from 2025-2049. 97 Pts

2019 Teyssier – Medium-bodied, lighter-styled, fresh and floral wine with a nice sweetness to all of its red plums and earthy cherries that are on display on the nose, palate and elegant finish. You can easily open this as soon as it hits the stores with pleasure. Drink from 2022-2031. 90 Pts

2019 Tour Baladoz – Much better in bottle than in barrel, the medium-bodied, soft, open wine offers flowers, spice, thyme and cherries on the nose. Soft, fresh, polished and already good to go, with its fresh, plum, cocoa and black raspberry packed palate, you can enjoy this on release. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Pts

2019 Tour Perey – Roasted herbs, red plums, flowers and cherries pop into place on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh and fruity, with a soft, elegant, polished, sweet, red berry and espresso palate presence. You can enjoy this with ease on release. Drink from 2022-2031. 89 Pts

2019 Tour Peyronneau Merlot – Forward, fruity, crowd-pleasing, round, soft, supple wine with a black cherry filled finish. This will be great on release and over the next decade. Drink from 2022-2028. 88 Pts

2019 Tour Saint Christophe – Inky dark in color, the wine exudes crushed rocks, stones, flowers, smoke, espresso, dark chocolate, pepper, and smoke in the perfume. Full-bodied, rich, lush, and deep, with layers of black and red fruits, freshness, and length, the finish delivers dark red berries with a dash of spice, black licorice, and espresso bean. This is going to age and evolve for at least 2 decades or more. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2024-2040. 95 Pts

2019 Trianon – This medium-bodied charmer offers a smoky, tobacco and cherry filled nose. Soft, polished, elegant, forward and fresh, this is ready to go on release. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Pts

2019 Trimoulet – With a touch of oak to start things off, (Which should integrate with time), the wine is soft, plush, polished, fresh and loaded with ripe, juicy, plums, cherries and blackberries. Medium-bodied, elegant and forward, with loads of cocoa infused red fruits on the palate and in the finish, this is already quite nice to drink and it is only going to get better from here with a bit more age. Drink from 2022-2035 92 Pts

2019 Trotte Vieille – Perfectly ripe black cherries, plums and blackberries show up with just a little bit of effort before you get to all the licorice, wet earth, mocha and chocolate subtleties. Medium/full-bodied, vibrant, lifted, long and elegant, there is the structure to age and evolve for decades, which is a good thing, because it will take some time for the wines mineral essences, spice and floral notes to fully develop. Drink from 2025-2050. 96 Pts

2019 Valandraud – Scoring at the top of the range, this is a majestic vintage of Valandraud that is packed and stacked with waves of inky, purple colored, black cherries, plums, mint, espresso, cocoa, licorice, flowers and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, rich, intense, opulent, complex and with a fruit-filled, velvet-textured, non-stop finish, this is already a treat in your glass. Drink from 2026-2055. 98 Pts

2019 Vieux Chantecaille – Fresh, savory, chocolatey and plummy, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, and loaded with sweet, ripe, cocoa-dusted, red fruits with a silky-textured finish. This is a solid Bordeaux value wine that will be easy to enjoy on release for at least a decade or more. Drink from 2022-2033. 91 Pts

2019 Vieux Chateau Mazerat – Deep red fruits, flowers, spice, savory herbs, cedar and cherry liqueur notes create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, chalky and plummy. There is volume, richness, and length here. The wine finishes with chocolate-covered plums, salt, espresso, licorice and peppery, 5 spice nuances. Drink from 2023-2040. 93 Pts

2019 Villemaurine – Quite floral in nature with nuances of licorice, espresso, chocolate, black cherries and plum. The wine is rich, lush, polished and fresh, with a sensuous, velvety texture that carries through to the endnote. Drink from 2024-2037. 94 Pts

2019 YonFigeac – White flowers, red fruits and a touch of herbs work in harmony on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied, soft, fresh, forward, accessible wine. You can enjoy this charmer on release for all of its sweet, elegant, savory red berries. Drink from 2022-2032. 89 Pts

We are going to complete our coverage of all the best 2019 Right Bank Bordeaux wines in the next article which looks at the top 2019 Pomerol Wines From there, will are starting with 2019 Pessac Leognan and all the other 2019 Medoc wines.

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