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Nicolás Catena Zapata 2019 released

  • Nicolás Catena Zapata 2019 has been released for £732 per case.
  • The wine has a score of 96-points from The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez.
  • The 2016 and 2018 look good value among back vintages.

As part of this autumn’s La Place de Bordeaux campaign, the 2019 vintage of the Argentine wine Nicolás Catena Zapata has been released at €52.50 per bottle ex-négociant, up 19.3% on the 2018 (€44).

It is being offered by the international trade for £732 per 12×75. The 2018 and 2016 vintages look better value compared to today’s release. See more pricing analysis below.

Critical response

The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez awarded the 2019 Nicolás Catena Zapata a score of 96-points. He said it had ‘the traditional Bordeaux blend character […] with a beautiful texture, very nice balance and very fine, chalky tannins’. He further explained that ‘2019 was a very dry year, and the berries were small, very healthy and delivered powerful wines’.

Meanwhile, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) scored today’s release 95-points. She commented that ‘the medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled and tightly knit, with very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness supporting the delicate red and black fruit layers, leading to a long and fragrant finish on this impressive wine’.

James Suckling gave it 98-points. In his tasting note, he said: ‘Wow. So much going on. Layered, seamless and silky. Incredible length.’

Fair value

Some recent vintages, including the 2018 and 2016 carry the same score from The Wine Advocate as today’s release, but are available for 29.0% and 26.2% less respectively.

Older, higher-scored vintages (97-points and above) cost over £1,000 per case.

Nicolás Catena Zapata was the first wine from Argentina to trade on Liv-ex back in 2012.

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