ARVI is pleased to share its first impressions about the 2021 En Primeur vintage after coming back from the Primeurs week in Bordeaux. The team was wonderfully welcomed by the sumptuous Châteaux, all dressed up. The air was sparkling, full of joy and enthusiasm for reopening the Châteaux doors after two years. Their journey started with a very intense day on the right bank, between Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the undisputed kingdom of Merlot with its fantastic aromas and the superb elegance which distinguishes its wines. They then moved to the other bank of Garonne, the left one, the widest one, the homeland of Cabernet Sauvignon and of the majestic castles, passing by Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien, Margaux and going down to Pessac-Léognan and Graves. The team had again the honor of being guests of the wonderful estates, the privilege of having shared some time with fantastic people, the luck of having tasted the greatest wines of the world. The new vintage is unveiled in a magical atmosphere, among visits, tastings, shows, lunches and dinners that make your eyes shine, among aromas, flavors and sensations that remain imprinted in your memory...this is Primeur week!
The producers themselves defined this 2021 vintage as the result of spectacular climatic contrasts which entailed a great effort, as well as very hard and precise work. Undoubtedly, this was the year of great challenges and important decisions. Weather was unfavorable and sometimes catastrophic due to spring frosts and rains, which was quite challenging. The risk of throwing off whole-year efforts was extremely high indeed. That's why a perfect timing was essential. Someone decided to anticipate, someone else knew how to wait, but a superb job was done anyway. This perfectly embodies what Bordeaux people are made of, how much knowledge, professionality and perseverance are under their skins, and how pure passion runs through their veins. Their profound experience has resulted in a breathtaking precision in the glass.
Like never before, 2021 is the symbol of how the fusion between nature, technology and man is the groundwork for creating extraordinary wines. The result was once again amazing. While 2020 was clearly the vintage of Merlot, where Saint-Emilion and Pomerol were starring, we can find in 2021 an amazing quality of Cabernet Sauvignon, the absolute superstar in blends. Nevertheless, we cannot say we actually have a real «blend winner»! A special mention goes out to white wines. We were pleasantly surprised by such complete wines, delivering a perfect balance between freshness, aromaticity, complexity and acidity... absolutely excellent.
This one is a heterogeneous vintage, where quantities are often reduced by over 50%. Wines are sometimes different from each other, but they always maintain high quality and fully reflect the terroir. We can define these as classic wines, characterized by beautiful aromas, very lively fruits and flowers, supported by a considerable acidity, with a lower alcohol by volume. This translates into lovely, crispy wines, but also fine and elegant. Many comparisons have been made with other vintages: sometimes with 2006, some other times with 2012, and even with 2014. The truth is that 2021 is totally unique.
Literally anyone can be satisfied with this vintage, whose distinctive feature was a unique technical precision. This 2021 vintage is unmissable, right now.
Why buy En Primeur from Arvi?
Buying 2021 Bordeaux wines means owning unique masterpieces which, considering the very low yields, will sell out quickly. You will be able to choose your favorite size, from half bottles to large sizes up to 12, 15, 18 and 27 liters. This will also be a unique opportunity to make great deals, since you will buy wines as soon as released, at the very best price. Arvi guarantees you the price and the security of delivery of the bottles through direct collaboration with the Châteaux; we will share our expertise and know-how with you and provide you with the best suggestions we can.