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Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur

View all of our 2020 Bordeaux en primeur wines as they are released on our Offers pages here, with full commentary, scores and tasting notes.

Bordeaux vintages at the turn of the decade have been notably excellent since 1990, with the 2000 and 2010 vintages following in the same mold.  Will 2020 be another such vintage?  With inauspicious beginnings (in the middle of a pandemic), it could also be released just at the point when the world moves forward again.  

The 2020 Growing Season

2020 seems likely to be a good but variable year, with outstanding wines made at some Bordeaux estates. The growing season has similarities with 2016, 2018 and 2019; a wet spring followed by a dry, hot summer, followed by a warm, dry harvest. Unlike 2016 and 2019, it was an early vintage, similar to 2018.  That said, the extremes of temperature were not so high as in 2018.

The early budbreak led to an early flowering in May.  Fortunately, this led to the harvest being completed in September, before heavy rain in October.  From December to May, average temperatures were 2 °C above normal.  This was followed by a hot summer and a very warm September.  Drought hit from mid-June to mid-August, with a further 20 days with no rain at all after the last weekend of August.   The vines were already dehydrated when the hot September arrived.

 

 

Reports suggest that rainfall levels were high, but much of this came as torrential storms.  Frequently, heavy rain affected one village and left the neighbouring village untouched. 

As in 2018, there was a danger of downy mildew early in the season and just as in 2018, how growers responded to this (by treating their vines) was critical.  If there is rain just after a vineyard has been treated for mildew, much of the treatment can be washed away, so the rainstorms made things challenging.  In some vineyards, the yields were reduced by mildew, but the quality is high.  Early reports suggest that Pessac-Léognan and St-Julien have had a particularly successful harvest.

With thanks to Gavin Quinney for information from his detailed 2020 Bordeaux Weather report.

We will be offering the wines as they are released, throughout May and June 2021.

You can view all of our 2020 Bordeaux en primeur wines by their original release offers, with full commentary, scores and tasting notes here.  Alternatively, see a list of the wines we will be offered below (prices will be added as the wines are released).

 

RED 2020 Château Angelus 75cl £3,048 per case of 12 Château Angelus
2020 / / 75cl
£3,048 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Deep purple-black colour. As in 2019 the power inherent but an extra edge of refinement. Ripe but aromatically engaging with floral, dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Beautiful texture with depth of fruit and the tannins velvety and fresh providing solid structure and drive on the finish. Classic Angélus with a little more precision and polish. (JL) 18 points" jancisrobinson.com------"Supple damson fruits, I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish. As often with this vintage it is not an exuberant hug, it is more about discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 3.62pH, aged in large sized oak cass and oak barrels. A yield of 37hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2048. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Angludet 75cl £274 per case of 12 Château Angludet
2020 / / 75cl
£274 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Deepest crimson with smudgy rim. Lively, fresh aroma with the fruit not the oak to the fore. (No info provided on the oak used, nor on the varietal make-up.) Cassis, blackberry and some red-plum sweetness, which comes through on the palate. Not particularly intense but harmonious, with finely layered dry tannins. Definitely one of the more approachable and digestible Margaux 2020s I have tasted. Hint of chocolate on the finish. 13.5%. Drink 2026 – 2037. 16 points.” JH, Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021------" Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors with licorice and tar. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a long, creamy finish. Best of the trilogy. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Ausone 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Ausone
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED
RED 2020 Château Beaumont 75cl £100 per case of 12 Château Beaumont
2020 / / 75cl
£100 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes“Careful extraction sees a clear tannic frame to give balance and form to the wine without getting in the way of enjoyment, meaning this is a bottle that can easily be opened within the next few years. Silky texture, and the power builds through the palate, as concentrated brambled fruits begin to emerge. A slight bitterness overtakes the final push of the wine, this is spicy, intense and enjoyable. A yield of 40hl/ha. Tasted three times. Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. Drinking Window 2023 - 2034. 91 points.” Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"A linear and polished young red with compact, silky tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blackberry, blackcurrant, mushroom and spice character. Very solid wine from here. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Beaumont Half bottle £115 per case of 24 Château Beaumont
2020 / / Half bottle
£115 per case of 24
IB
RED 2020 Château Beaumont Magnum £115 per case of 6 Château Beaumont
2020 / / Magnum
£115 per case of 6
IB
RED 2020 Château Belle Vue 75cl £135 per case of 12 Château Belle Vue
2020 / / 75cl
£135 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Currant and berry aromas and flavors with some walnut and spice. Medium body. Chewy finish. Solid. 91-92 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Bellefont Belcier 75cl £432 per case of 12 Château Bellefont Belcier
2020 / / 75cl
£432 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Sappy, deeply fruited, blackberry and bilberry with subtle juice and smoke running through it. Very much back on the right road for this estate under the Peter Kwok team, with Jean-Christophe Meyrou director and the excellent Jerome Aguirre as winemaker. The toasted black coffee finish is well judged, adding to the savoury and enjoyable feel. 30% new oak. A yield of 37hl/ha, 3.65pH. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"A very sophisticated, layered red with dark-plum, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full and flavorful with a cashmere-like texture. Flavorful at the end. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Berliquet 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Berliquet
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. "69% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Clean and effortless in style. Delicate summer-fruit notes with a hint of mint. Juicy and fresh with chalky tannins and dry finish. Eminently digeste. (JL) 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com------"A slightly cooler terroir than its sibling estate Château Canon, a little more clay-based which gives weight, depth and power while also being austere right now, with grippy tannins and a bite of blood orange. Great stuff, can start drinking this in five to six years to allow the structure to soften while keeping the appeal of the wild cherry and blackberry fruits. 50% new oak for 16 months. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Beychevelle 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Beychevelle
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “ Cask sample taken 31 March. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Concentrated purple. Headily aromatic with mulberry perfume and just a hint of oak. Silky tannins and marked freshness. Neat and the opposite of opulent. Classic wine for the table. 13.5% Drink 2028 – 2044. 16 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Branaire Ducru 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Branaire Ducru
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED
RED 2020 Château Brane Cantenac 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Brane Cantenac
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 19 April. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked 17 to 28 September, Merlot 14 to 18 September, Cabernet Franc 18 to 25 September, Petit Verdot 21 to 22 September, Carmenère 30 September. Deep, dark purple. Very fragrant with hints of bergamot. Decidedly aérien on the nose and then super-gentle on the palate. Much lighter than most of its peers but by no means vapid. The tannins are almost negligible – apparently – but they dig in on the end of the palate. Very long. A decidedly graceful wine. 13.7%. Drink 2026 – 2042. 17 points.” Jancisrobinson.com. Apr 2021
RED 2020 Château Calon Ségur 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Calon Ségur
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Classically structured and Cabernet-driven without the opulence of 2018 or the finesse of 2019. Pure and precise on the nose with cassis notes prevalent. Crunchy fruit on the palate with powdery tannins that build and drive to a dry finish. Verticality as in 2019. Perhaps a little chew but clean and saline on the finish. 13.8%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 18 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Cambon La Pelouse 75cl £135 per case of 12 Château Cambon La Pelouse
2020 / / 75cl
£135 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Château Canon 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Canon
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. "68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Refined and discreet. Delicately perfumed, berry-fruit aromas. Gentle attack then builds and persists, the tannins so fine as to be inconspicuous. No exaggeration but a depth and presence that reflects the potential. (JL) 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com------"This is intense, structured and concentrated yet with an abundance of violet and peony notes that curl up through the tannins, combining halfway through the palate with blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, gunsmoke and sculpted, precise pulses of chalk minerality. There is just so much to talk about with this wine, but the overall impression is of dozens of carefully crafted elements that steal up on you. It's hard not to be convinced by its success - and as ever with Canon you are in no doubt as to how well it will age. Gorgeous. 50% new barrels. 3.53pH. Harvest 4 September to 23 September. 50% new oak. A yield of 40hl/ha. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050. 98-100 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Cantemerle 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Cantemerle
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. 40% new oak. Dark purple crimson with black core. Distinctive aroma that brings together not just cassis and damson but also the more lifted scent of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Gently leafy (not unripe) and with a light floral note like peony. Really pretty. On the palate, darker fruited but also with a marked dark-chocolate-like sweetness. Smooth, chewy tannins. Lots of flavour and a fruit and oak sweetness on the finish (though of course it is as dry wine), as well as the more savoury side from the dry tannins. Well integrated even now. 13.1%. Drink 2025 – 2032. 16 + points.” JH, Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021
RED 2020 Château Capbern 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Capbern
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Dense but vibrant and aromatic. Plenty of crunchy fruit and freshness. Bigger structure than 2019, closer to 2018, the tannins firm and textured. Dry, persistent finish. One for the cellar. Should be GV. 14.1%. Drink 2027 – 2040. 17 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Chasse Spleen 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Chasse Spleen
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. Cask sample taken 6 April. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep cherry red. Lovely mix of aromas: cassis, cassis leaf and a slightly sweeter damson, plus dark chocolate. Scented and open for an unfinished wine. Firm, chewy Moulis tannins but all in harmony with the fruit, and sufficient freshness to balance. A complete wine that certainly needs time. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2035. 16 + points. (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Cheval Blanc 75cl £2,325 per case of 6 Château Cheval Blanc
2020 / / 75cl
£2,325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesALLOCATION ONLY - please enquire. "Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. 2028-2048. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 71% of production. Cask sample. Deep colour. Flattering and floral on the nose but slightly hard-edged on the palate. There’s a fleshy quality to the fruit and freshness as well but the luxurious nature of Cheval seems missing this year. Tight and firm at present, even a little pinched, the tannins overwhelm the fruit at present. Drink 2028 - 2040. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)
RED 2020 Château Clerc Milon 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Clerc Milon
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. First vintage for Caroline Artaud (ex Fourcas-Hosten). Cask sample. Dense and profound with layers of fruit and tannin. Subdued nose with a floral note. Tannins powdery but very finely layered. Exudes power but is harmonious at the same time. 13.3%. Drink 2027 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com------"Powerful, a little austere with tight black fruits that will benefit from adding flesh over ageing, as the tannins are a little angular right now. The freshly crushed mint leaf finish is beautiful, and this is is ripped with powerful nuanced fruit, tobacco and earthy flavours, followed by waves of violet flowers. Good quality, not as exuberant as some years of Clerc Milon. First year of Caroline Artaud to oversee the entire vintage, as Jean-Philippe Danjoy has headed over to Mouton. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. There is also 0.6% of Carmanère in the blend. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Cos d'Estournel 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Cos d'Estournel
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. Cask sample. Purple-black colour to the rim. Deep and dense (like an endless pool) but aromatically restrained. Some cassis with aeration. Big and bold with marked tension and supercharged but finely hewn tannins. Enough fruit to provide unctuosity. Fresh, dry and saline through to the finish. Powerful but sculpted. Very long ageing. (JL) 13.5%. Drink 2030 – 2055. 18.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"You need to take a little time to let the concentrated flavours seep out, this is a long hauler. The tannins build slowly but surely through the palate, sombre and serious right now, particularly for an estate that is known for its exuberance. The opulence is there if you give it time, and as the tannins elongate and relax, richer notes of bilberry fruits, toasted cedar, salted chocolate, turmeric and black pepper spice arrives. Harvest September 10 to 24. A 3.9pH is the highest since 2003, but any threat of low acidity is balanced by high tannins, and relatively low alcohol. A yield of 39hl/ha (43hl/ha in 2019). Drinking Window 2027 - 2044. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
WHITE 2020 Château Coutet 75cl £315 per case of 12 Château Coutet
2020 / / 75cl
£315 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"95% Sémillon, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle. Cask sample. 18 months in oak envisaged. No information on yield. Greenish hint to the golden hue. Very classic with a botrytis note and some real freshness. Weight and integrity here with a savoury, even bacon-fat, finish. Not one of the sweetest wines, or what I probably mean is that the acidity is more pronounced than in many of its peers. Sleek and fresh. But probably for relatively early drinking. 17+ points" jancisrobinson.com
RED 2020 Château d'Armailhac 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château d'Armailhac
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Aromatic finesse with perfumed, floral notes. Mid palate is juicy and fresh, backed by firm, grainy tannins. Confirmed structure but slightly chewy finish. (JL) 13.3%. Drink 2026 – 2035. 16.5 points.”------"A little austere on the opening beats. Carving out its place more clearly alongside its two Pauillac siblings, this has some excellent sappy dark fruits, plenty of tannins and power but also elegance and confidence. This Armailac is gorgeous, lovely mid palate dept, and plenty of juicy blueberry and bilberry fruit, with lift through the finish, 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. Harvest September 7 to 29. The new cellar with be finished for the 2021 harvest, but this one was made in the temporary cellar. I really like this, it has a floral edge, a juice and freshness and sense of elegance; a good two minutes after you have stopped tasting a wave of subtle smoke comes in - the after wash of a fine gravel terroir. 50% new oak, harvest from September 7 to 29 across the three estates. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château d'Issan 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château d'Issan
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec (the latter three from parcels of Pontac-Lynch acquired in March 2020 – the Petit Verdot planted in 1948). 45% of the production. Cask sample. Classic Issan but with more aromatic complexity and a tad more length. Intense, floral with smooth, elegant tannins and balancing freshness. Persistent finish. 13.3%. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL) Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21.------"This is a sinewy, powerful and forward-moving wine with a sense of momentum. Moreish, with the elegance and plump damson fruits that Issan delivers so well, but more muscular than some years with the impact of both Petit Verdot and Malbec that are in the blend for the first time in this vintage. These add layers of spice and the overall architecture is clear. Peony and violet notes add a kick upwards on the finish, this has a delicacy even though it is intense. Less Cabernet in the blend in 2020 than in 2019, as is often the case in the Médoc due to low yields. This new blend in Issan will be seen going forward after the addition of plots from the purchase of Château Pontac-Lynch. Drinking Window 2028 - 2045. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Ducru Beaucaillou 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Ducru Beaucaillou
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED
RED 2020 Château Duhart Milon 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Duhart Milon
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot. Cask sample. Power and definition but elegance as well. Tight and retrained initially then opens to blackcurrant with aeration. Fruit dense on the palate, a profusion of super-fine tannins providing a velvety texture as well as freshness. Long ageing. Possibly the best Duhart yet. 13%. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL) Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Restrained and sombre at first, but carefully constructed, with a rippling muscular texture, full of firm tannins with bright acidities underneath. Like the precision and the slightly austere cool blue fruits, pencil lead and liquorice root. Elegant, precise, feels very Pauillac in its density combined with fine tannins that have life and lift on the finish. Harvest September 9 to 29. First vintage in the new cellar. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Enclos Tourmaline 75cl £295 per case of 3 Château Enclos Tourmaline
2020 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"A solid, tight red with blackberries, black olives and hints of brown sugar and walnuts. Full and tight with fine, persistent tannins. Tight and focused. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Figeac 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Figeac
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED
RED 2020 Château Gazin 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Gazin
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED.
RED 2020 Château Gloria 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Gloria
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 31 March. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot. Aged for just 14 months in cask. Deep crimson. Very lively and well-balanced with the acidity and fruit and tannin all in nice harmony. Restrained but fully ripe. Classic and successful. Very appetising and long finish. 13.5%. Drink 2026 – 2043. 17 points.” Jancisrobinson.com
RED 2020 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. Cask sample. Bright crimson hue. Classic in form and constitution. Firm and stately on the nose with graphite and dark-fruit notes. Juicy and fresh on the palate, the tannins smooth and refined but driving behind. Long, linear and persistent. Should age gracefully. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Gruaud Larose 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Gruaud Larose
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Highest percentage yet of Cabernet in the blend. Fruit-driven and structured. Plenty of drive from the word go. Builds on the palate in persistent fashion, the refined tannins giving a long linear flow. Lovely fruit. Delicious now but has ageing potential. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com
RED 2020 Château Haut Bailly 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Haut Bailly
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample. More of a Cabernet aspect (despite the blend) with its intense, crimson-purple colour and dark-fruit and cassis notes. Tight, firm and structured, the fine-grained tannins present but matched by freshness and fruit. Big structure, certainly for a second wine. Definite ageing potential. (JL) 13.9%. Drink 2026 – 2038. 16.5 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21. "Rich in texture and colour, this has clear layers and complexity, a wine that you want to take your time with, slow down and enjoy. One that will take its time to age also. This has a precision and a clarity to the aromatics, and a gentle buzz of minerality that gives a physical reaction in the mouth. Less exuberant than the 2018 or 2019, making this a vintage that suits the style of Haut-Bailly. A slight austerity to the tannins on the finish gives a blueberry redcurrant edge. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend (now around eight years old), usually co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes with Cabernet Franc). IPT similar to 2016, 2010, 2005, but with a softness that comes from extremely ripe tannins. Strong potential for upscoring when it bottle. Drinking Window 2030 - 2050. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Haut Batailley 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Haut Batailley
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 16 April. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. Merlot was picked 14 to 18 September and Cabernet 22 to 29 September. Three successive triages. 14 months' ageing in barrel (60% new) envisaged. Deep purple. Intense, savoury nose and silky-soft tannins. Classic modern Pauillac from a ripe vintage – which is to say that it is definitely sweeter than 'usual', whatever that is. (I wonder whether, now that the Cazes family own this property as well as Lynch-Bages, they feel a sense of competition between these two wines?) Not dense but beautifully textured with good freshness. 13.6%. Drink 2029 – 2046. 17 Points.” Jancisrobinson.com
RED 2020 Château Haut Brion 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Haut Brion
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 12 April. 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.5% Cabernet Franc. Estimated alcohol 15%. Picked from 7 to 29 September. More obviously aromatic and lifted than the second wine, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion. Intensely seductive nose in fact. Very savoury, tobacco-leaf palate entry and then quite a tingle. Acidity is a feature of the finish. Very muscular indeed but clearly with more flesh and less obvious tannin than La Mission 2020. Almost juicy. Too early for much of the 'warm bricks' nose to have developed, I assume. Long and emphatic with a little more zest than Haut-Brion often has at this early stage. Drink 2028 – 2052. 18.5 points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Haut Brisson 75cl £228 per case of 12 Château Haut Brisson
2020 / / 75cl
£228 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"This is very linear and tight with beautifully crafted tannins that give a long, intense and energetic finish. The mid-palate is tight and poised. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Kirwan 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Kirwan
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Full bottle 1,355 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. Black core with purplish rim. Intense blackcurrant aroma and a lovely lift from all that Cab Franc – lively dark-red fruits. Juicy, bright and yet well structured. Complete, harmonious and fresh. Not a blockbuster but all in proportion. (JH) 14%. Drink 2028 – 2038. 17 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château La Chenade 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château La Chenade
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
IB
NOT YET RELEASED
RED 2020 Château La Lagune 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château La Lagune
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. "Cask sample. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming. Very dark with purplish rim. Pure left-bank Cabernet aroma that is both intensely cassis but also with a layer of cedar and a hint of stone-dust minerality. A freshness to the aroma without obvious herbaceousness. Super-fine tannins. Pure and fresh on the palate, a hint of dark chocolate and already showing real elegance in the finesse of the dry almost sinewy tannin texture. Lovely young wine without extremes. Drink 2025 – 2035. 16.5 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com------"This comes in strong with both grip and attitude. Some austerity that shows through in the abundant tannic frame, but there is a juiciness that runs through the palate, a sense that it is light on its feet. Liquorice, black chocolate and a spiced tomato leaf adds layers, but things close down on the finish. This is certified organic and in biodynamic conversion. A yield of 30hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château La Mission Haut Brion 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château La Mission Haut Brion
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 13 April … nice and fresh! 48.6% Merlot, 43.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.2% Cabernet Franc picked 7 to 29 September. Estimated alcohol 14.7%. Dark, blackish crimson. Obviously extremely dense and concentrated – so much so that initially the nose is buried in all that concentration. Then – whoosh – what a spread of firm fruit and layers of cassis and minerals! There is no shortage of ripe tannin buried under here so this will be a very slow burner but it's a worthy addition to the La Mission canon. Needs years and years and it's far from opulent, but then that's not what La Mission is about. Subtly builds towards a very long peacock's tail finish. Though it's impossible to imagine drinking this tightly structured wine without food. Drink 2032 – 2055. 18 +.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Labegorce 75cl £235 per case of 12 Château Labegorce
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting Notes"A tight, compact Labégorce with blackcurrant, walnut and some graphite. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of tannins and fruit. Some lead pencil. Very structured for this estate. 92-92 points" jamessuckling.com------“Cask sample taken 6 April. Very informative sample label giving varietal composition and harvest dates: 45% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot. Harvested 16 September to 1 October. 40% new oak. Deepest cherry red. Inviting and open nose of sweet and scented black and dark-red fruit and just a hint of oak's sweetness. On the palate, juicy with those same fruit flavours and lovely freshness to balance. The oak is carried lightly and is well integrated. The tannins fine and dry on the finish. 14%. Drink 2027 – 2034. 16.5 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Smoked cedar oak on the nose, a welcome touch in a vintage where tannins have frequently been turned up to 11. Grilled almonds; really a campfire edge. I like this, works well with the vintage. The fruit softens through the mid palate but the team has done a great job of finding extra layers flavour and complexity. Good stuff. 40% new oak. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Yields around 32hl/ha. Just 20mm of rain in August here, which meant veraison was more difficult. Tasted this also at the estate, and both times I was impressed. Less opulent than 2019, more classic and serious but this is great. Harvest September 16 to October 1. Drinking Window 2026 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Lafite 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Lafite
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. A very masculine Lafite with a powerful tannic frame (bigger than 2019 and 2018). Deep, intense and stately on the nose with mineral-graphite notes to the fore. Palate rich but with a massive charge of fine-grained tannin and lingering freshness. Enormous length on the finish. Incredible potential. (JL) 12.8%. Drink 2032 – 2060. 19 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 0 case Château Lafite - Carruades de Lafite 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Lafite
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Intense colour. Fresh and zesty with plenty of sappy fruit. Red- and dark-berry fruit notes provide aromatic appeal. Hint of mint as well. Palate long and lithe but structured with fine but grainy tannin. Power but charm as well. 13.2%. Drink 2027 – 2040. 17.5 points.” (JL) Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Lafon Rochet 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Lafon Rochet
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Deep lustrous purplish crimson. Interesting vitality to the nose, almost as though biodynamic techniques were employed here. Lovely balance of ripeness and vitality. This is a very successful 2020. It may be dismissed by some because the tannins are not obvious but it's a delightful drink – already! Very distinctive. Perhaps not for seriously long-term cellaring but well done Basile Tesseron for producing something so appetising and groundbreaking. The finish is impressively persistent. 13.5%. Drink 2025 – 2040. 17 points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Lagrange 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Lagrange
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 2 April. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 21 months in barrels of which 60% were new. Bright, deep crimson. Nose a little smudgy with a hint of acidity and then sweetness. Tannins notably well masked. Very dry, even austere, uncompromising finish. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2043. 16 points” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Langoa Barton 75cl £357 per case of 12 Château Langoa Barton
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Tasting NotesCask sample taken 6 April. 53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8.5% Cabernet Franc. Healthy deep purplish crimson. High-toned, fully ripe nose that is rather seductive before a glossy, polished-tannin dry finish. Promises well for the future while being relatively charming even now. Not the most concentrated 2020 but everything is in balance. Well done. Sappy, dry finish. Very St-Julien. Some restraint despite the initial seduction. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2046. 17 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021------"Not quite as generous as Léoville Barton, replaced with classicism and subdued tannins, as we see the impact of a slightly cooler terroir. Juicy finish, black fruits, plenty of life and lift through the palate. Enjoyable, but closed in with clove spice that is very clear on the finish. Tasted twice. A yield of 34hl/ha. Harvest September 14 to 28. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Very pretty blackberry and blueberry character with blackcurrants and mint. It’s medium-to full-bodied with linear, tight tannins that are polished and fine. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Larcis Ducasse 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Larcis Ducasse
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RED 2020 Château Laroque 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Laroque
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting Notes"Plenty of sappy, well defined juice running underneath the moody tannic frame, but you need to look away right now because this is closed and subdued. Blueberry purée and a limestone scrape helps build momentum through the mid-palate - give this time. David Suire manages the winemaking. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Deep crimson but not impenetrable. Mellow, rather unflashy nose with well-integrated acidity and a certain mineral element. Really lively and fresh and rather sleeker than some of the more exhibitionistic St-Émilions. Obviously a long-term, and rather exciting, bet. Bone-dry finish and a fair amount of ripe tannin but not lean or drying, and with a persistent, silky finish. Rather sophisticated. 16.5+ points" jancisrobinson.com------"This is really focused and linear with tight, minerally tannins that are polished and energetic. It’s medium-to full-bodied with dark and blue fruit in the center palate. Long and focused. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £790 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
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Tasting Notes"85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 33 hl/ha. Harvested 22–25 September, one of the earliest ever. Cask sample. Seductive and just a little decadent as always en primeur with a mix of toasted, mocha notes from the oak and red-berry fruit. Dense, rich and ripe on the palate, the ripeness pushed just to the limit. Supple tannins but a structure for ageing, the alcohol offset by a stony freshness. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"This is a powerful, deeply focused and intense. Plenty of spice, cassis pastille, intense muscular tannins, fairly closed and austere right now, but a real sense of lift and juice becomes clear after 10 minutes of opening in the glass. Harvest began on September 21st, the earliest since Mitjavile arrived at the estate. Recently had the beautiful 1998 of Tertre Roteboeuf, and it is easy to see that this vintage also will allow the limestone terroir to become clearer with bottle age. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £730 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting Notes“Cask sample taken 6 April. 85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in barrel (60% new). Lustrous purple. Minerally, stony, saline nose. Really remarkably opulent on palate entry which almost distracts from those massive tannins underneath. There's just a suggestion of vintage port tannins here (not the sweetness). Very fine winemaking indeed. I have to admit I was tempted to swallow this, it was so majestic. I don't remember being as bowled over by a Léoville Barton at this early stage before. Lovely, confident, persistent finish. Such grace! 13.6%. Drink 2030 – 2055. 18 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Packed full of black chocolate shavings, liquorice, cocoa bean, concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits. Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism. As with many in this corner of the Médoc peninsula in this vintage, the austerity to the tannins is very much to the fore right now. May be upscored when in bottle. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"A full-bodied red that builds on the palate with lots of blackberry and blueberry character, as well as chocolate. Mineral and graphite undertones. Chewy, yet very integrated. Excellent, as expected. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Léoville Las Cases 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Léoville Las Cases
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RED 2020 Château Léoville Poyferré 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Léoville Poyferré
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Plot-by-plot fermentation and ageing for 18 to 20 months (still in train, as the notes explain). Here they admit they don't do the final assemblage until June. Dark crimson. Relatively voluptuous nose. Flattering initially but then with quite a charge of inky tannins underneath. Needs time. Notably dry on the finish but with good density. Rather more obviously dry and less flashy than some vintages. Very much made for the long term with a juicy, spicy undertow. Extremely youthful. Unusually, it seems drier than Léoville Barton. 13.7%. Drink 2030 – 2053. 17.5 + points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Rich and concentrated with violet reflections and a wall of tannins. Well structured, it sets its feet deep in the ground and will need time to soften and develop. Good quality with depth. The tannins are far more present than the alcohol, setting it apart from the 2018. A yield of 35hl/ha. Harvest september 14 to 30. Planted blend (not 2020) 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Les Cruzelles 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Les Cruzelles
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 Château Lilian Ladouys 75cl £145 per case of 12 Château Lilian Ladouys
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting Notes"A very pretty, medium-bodied wine with fine tannins, lovely fruit and a creamy finish. Nicely integrated for the vintage in this appellation. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com------"Juicy, well balanced, plenty of personality, with enough juice through the mid palate to balance out the big tannins that are pretty inescapable in any wines of ambition in 2020. The finish closes in sharply, but this is an enjoyable wine from the Lorenzetti-owned Lilian Ladouys (and for me one of the clear leaders of the new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel category). 35% new oak, harvest September 15 to 30, 78% first wine. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 0 case Château Lynch Bages 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Lynch Bages
2020 / 0 case / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 16 April. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Merlot was picked from 14 September (nine days earlier than in 2019) over five days. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were picked 21 to 29 September. This is the first vintage to be made in Lynch-Bages' new winery. 18 months' ageing in barrel (75% new) is envisaged. Very deep, dense blackish purple. Suave, flattering nose with good freshness and precision. Marked tannins underneath (more so than its stablemate Haut-Batailley). This is less the old, spicy, comfortable pair of slippers Lynch-Bages and seems to be heading in a deliberately purer, 'cooler' direction. Impressive undertow and persistence, but with interesting top notes such as tobacco leaf. Very ambitiously dry on the finish. 13.4%. Drink 2031 – 2049. 17 ++ points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Malartic Lagraviere 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Malartic Lagraviere
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April and I'm afraid it is written that it should be tasted before 10 April, five days ago… 50.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47.8% Merlot, 1.8% Cabernet Franc. Considerable changes to vinification and ageing here, not least shortening vatting times and careful tannin management in the press wines. Dark purplish crimson. Much more mineral than fruity on the nose. But very luscious fruit on the palate. With racy texture and notably fine tannins. Strongly saline finish. Distinctive and already rather appetising. Approachable young. 14.2%. Drink 2026 – 2042. 17 points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21.
RED 2020 Château Margaux 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Margaux
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RED 2020 Château Margaux - Pavillon Rouge du Margaux 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Margaux
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 31% of the production. Cask sample. Pronounced fruit and freshness with finely matted, powdery tannins that provide elegance and a suavity of texture. Aromatic and juicy on the finish. Medium to long ageing potential. (JL) 13.6%. Drink 2027 – 2040. 17 +
RED 2020 Château Meyney 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Meyney
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED "A punch of bright plummy fruits, a little austere on the finish but one that you feel will age well. Mocha and coffee bean through the mid palate, keeping things moving right along at a fair pace, with a generous handful of rosemary and sage spice on the finish. Harvest 16 September to October 1. Always one of the real value picks in St-Estèphe. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Montlandrie 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Montlandrie
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 Château Montrose 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Montrose
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Deep colour. Dark, intense and very pure but with an energy that makes it vibrant. Big tannic frame but tannins really finely honed. Long and persistent with plenty of drive on the finish. Long ageing potential. 13.4%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 18 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Mouton Rothschild 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Mouton Rothschild
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. First vintage with Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy (formerly winemaker at Clerc Milon) at the helm. Cask sample. Characteristic Mouton with its aromatic complexity and lift. Cassis, spice, chocolate and graphite notes to the fore. Lovely density of fruit. Powerfully structured with very fine tannins. A sense of verticality as it builds on the palate. Textured, clean and fresh. Clearly has more to give. (JL) 13.1%. Drink 2030 – 2055. 18.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Olivier 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Olivier
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April if I am reading the handwriting correctly. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, according to the château, although that doesn't add up to 100. Aged for 12 months in barrels (35% new). Exceptionally deep colour. Blackish purple. Rather sumptuous nose. Round and sweet and (initially) apparently tannin-free! This seems to be taking ripeness to the limit and just lacks a little freshness but obviously a heck of a lot of work has gone into this. Another wine for those who value opulence. Noticeably sweeter than most of its peers. 14.5%. Drink 2027 – 2043. 16.5 points.” Jancisrobsinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Ormes de Pez 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Ormes de Pez
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 16 April. 54% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Merlot harvest began on 15 September, nine days earlier than in 2019, and continued until 20 September. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were harvested on 21 and 22 September, respectively. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked from 20 to 28 September. 16 months' ageing in barriques (45% new) envisaged. Dark crimson, but much paler than the Pauillacs from this Cazes stable. Aromatic and medium concentration of fruit with some stoniness on the palate. Marked tannins and acidity but nothing excessive. Classic St-Estèphe. Cool fruit and freshness. Very dry finish. I should imagine that this will be far from the most opulent wine of the appellation but it's very sincere and correct and I like the menthol-fresh finish. 13.2%. Drink 2029 – 2047. 16.5 points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Blueberry, raspberry and cassis, there is concentration but also juice. Merlot-dominant (following a restructuring of the vineyard to better align grapes with terroir) with bite and freshness. A lovely smoky edge here, this is another successful vintage for Ormes de Pez. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.69ph. 45% new oak. A yield of 42hl/ha which was not as low here as at Lynch Bages because of more clay in the soils, and because the Merlot was less impacted by the drought than the Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 0 case Château Palmer 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Palmer
2020 / 0 case / 75cl
£0 per case of 12
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Very much in the Alter Ego mould – lively, fruit-driven with that vineyard-fresh feel but with a little more structure than previous years. Pure and appetising but will age. 13.7%. Drink 2026 – 2035. 17 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Palmer - Alter Ego de Palmer 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Palmer
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Very much in the Alter Ego mould – lively, fruit-driven with that vineyard-fresh feel but with a little more structure than previous years. Pure and appetising but will age. 13.7%. Drink 2026 – 2035. 17 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Pape Clement 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Pape Clement
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April to be tasted before 16 April. Phew … just made it. No more details given. Dark purplish crimson. Not too heavy on the appetising nose even if a tad sweet on the palate with a rather demandingly drying, tart finish. But I know from experience that everything often falls into place by the time the drinking window comes around. But don't try to broach it before then. Drink 2029 – 2044. 16.5 +.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Pavie 75cl £1,440 per case of 6 Château Pavie
2020 / / 75cl
£1,440 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample. Power and elegance combined. Deep purple-black colour. Intensity and complexity on the nose with dark fruit, cassis, mint and floral notes. Beautifully poised on the palate with smooth attack and persistent fruit and freshness. Powerful tannic frame but tannins really fine and no extraction. Long, persistent finish. Absolute precision. More than highlights the change in style. One of the best yet. 18 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The Cabernets dominate the blend on the aromatics, and you can really see they are moving the needle on the architecture and sculpting of this wine. A ton of concentration on the nose and upfront, but it is well balanced by damson and blackberry, and has a sense of energy, uplift and clear minerality. This shows the limestone terroir in a way that, with the best will in the world, the more concentrated style of Pavie just didn't do. There is density and glamour, with layers of black chocolate, graphite and liquorice. It is pretty disarming overall, and will age extremely well. 3.61pH. A yield of 31hl/ha, average age of vine 49 years. 75% new oak. Drinking Window 2027 - 2044. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The aromas are already exceptional, showing crushed-stone, limestone and salt character to the dark fruit and bark. It’s full-bodied, yet agile. Floats on the palate, then kicks in with loads of ultra fine tannins. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness. 99-100 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Château Pavie Macquin 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Pavie Macquin
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED "There is a richness here, a powerful spread of black fruits, that grabs you from the start. Perhaps less razor precision than the Larcis Ducasse (also part of the Nicolas Thienpont stable) but more width and depth of flavour. This has texture and brambled power, sappy saline on the finish, touches of austerity, graphite laced through with grilled. cassis and aniseed. Some reduction at this point, will clear over barrel ageing. Tasted several times, and each time the pumice stone and chalk of limestone grips on and will not let go. A yield of 31hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Phelan Ségur 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Phelan Ségur
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. A St-Estèphe property with a relatively low proportion of Cabernet. Rather astringent at this point. I have been a fan of this property and the clays of this commune should have produced something quite special but I'm not convinced by this particular vintage. Stringy finish. No fun at all at this point! 13.7%. Drink 2028 – 2040. 15.5 points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"The austerity to the tannins works in this wine's favour giving a juicy grip to the concentrated blackcurrant and bilberry fruits without strangling them. Excellent stuff, finishing up with liquorice and smoked coffee bean. This is an estate that has just powered to better and better wines over the past few years. Yields were 10% below the average of the past five years but still at 40hl/ha. Harvest September 16 through to October 1, finishing around 10 days earlier than the past two years. Consultants Michel Rolland and Julien Viaud. First vintage with Petit Verdot included in the main wine (2%), from vines planted in 2013. Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Pichon Baron 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Pichon Baron
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. "Intense, concentrated, rippling with power while still delivering finesse. A muscular Pichon Baron, layered with liquorice and chocolate shavings. Unmistakably Pauillac, and hugely Cabernet dominant, with savoury spice notes of grilled cumin and the same muscular, saline-backed tannins that you find in Les Griffons, just here with more definition and depth. 70% new oak for 18 months, 48% of overall production. Harvest September 14 to 30. Yields on the old vines here just above 30hl/ha. Drinking Window 2029 - 2048. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Pichon Lalande 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Pichon Lalande
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED "Softer and silkier than many Pauillacs in the vintage, this is a clear success. Hugely silky and seductive, with grip, power and finesse. One of the best of the appellation, with finessed tobacco, heather and plump blueberry and cassis fruit, expertly managing the low 30hl/ha yield. 60% new oak. Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2030 - 2048. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Pontet Canet 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Pontet Canet
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Dark, dense and very ripe on the nose. Riper than most Pauillacs tasted. Suave attack then a firm charge of grainy tannin. Fresh and persistent but some chew on the finish. Drink 2027 – 2040. 17 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Highly successful Pontet, one of the few Pauillacs that, for me, overperforms on its 2019. Inky purple with ruby reflections in colour. Lots of firm but upright tannins, a good dollop of graphite, pencil lead and cassis bud, there is depth through the mid palate shot through with wild blackberry, hawthorn, sage, rosemary and wild mint. It has personality, and is a little old school in the best possible way. Recommended. They have avoided the over-concentrated feel of some Pauillacs in the vintage, while remaining true to the appellation. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend, 50% new oak 35% amphoras, 15% one-year barrels. First full vintage for Mathieu Bessonnet who replaced the previous long-term director Jean-Michel Comme in 2020. 100% first wine, as it has been for the past four years. 45% will be aged in new oak barrels, 15% one year, 40% in amphoras. The mildew pressure was stressful in the early part of the year, but they had learnt from 2018, and brought in the manpower to get around the whole vineyard in a (very long) day, so their yields ended up being close to normal. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Potensac 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Potensac
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 Château Poujeaux 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Poujeaux
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Very dark core with purplish rim. Dark, savoury and a little bit oaky on the nose and the same character on the palate. The fruit is there at the core but there is absolutely no fruit sweetness until right at the very end, just dark and refined. Firm, slightly thick, chewy tannins. A little unyielding for now but harmonious. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2035. 16 + points.” (JH), Jancisobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Rauzan Ségla
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Almost the same blend as last year. Perfumed violet, floral aroma with a hint of minty freshness. Smooth and spherical on attack then long and linear. Plentiful but finely honed tannins. Lovely poise and balance. A touch steelier than 2019 but clear potential. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Tumeric and cumin spices alongside concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits, this has a powerful structure where the tannins layer up through the palate. There is no question that this is intense, and a reflection of the low yields of the vintage, but Rauzan Segla manages what it always does, which is to take the foot off the pedal at exactly the right moment, and allow the juice to come rushing in. The push and pull of muscular tannins and deft supple acidity gives an extra layer of success. Should be ready to drink a little earlier than the biggest years such as 2016 or 2019, but this will still age for decades. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Harvest began September 8, a yield of 30hl/ha. 60% new oak. Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Roc de Cambes 75cl £260 per case of 6 Château Roc de Cambes
2020 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample. Ripe and concentrated but less decadent than the other wines in the Mitjavile stable. More dark fruit and innate freshness as well as a form that is linear rather than spherical. Touch of toasted oak and tannins that have a crunchy, mineral feel. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"Smoky character on the attack, carefully interplayed with cloves, grilled tobacco, damson and red cherry fruits. Good stuff, nuanced and mouthwatering. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Saintayme 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Saintayme
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED "Deep crimson colour, plenty of deep bilberry fruits, firm tannins and good tension; a lot to like about this wine. Closes in on the finish, pretty serious in feel overall, muscular, but has the deft kick upwards that you find in many limestone-led wines in the vintage. The first year with Constance and Noemie Durantou at the helm, having taken over from their late father Denis (Noemie in particular had also worked alongside him for several years as winemaker, along with cellar master Olivier Gautrat). Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Sénéjac 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Sénéjac
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Smith Haut Lafitte
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED "Powerful on the attack, dense and concentrated at first then brighter on the retro-olfaction with layers of spice, liquorice and flowers. Intense but beautifully precise, with iris and peony aromatics coming in strongly as it opens in the glass. A ton of nuance and complexity, really takes its time, delivering a masterclass in restrained Pessac glamour. Average yields 30hl/ha for the reds. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak. Harvest started on September 9 - 30. Drinking Window 2030 - 2050. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Talbot 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Talbot
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 2 April. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in barrel, 60% new. Dark crimson. Savoury, saline nose. Luscious palate entry with ripe fruit that almost smothers the tannin. A very good effort from Talbot with velvety tannins in profusion and some winning perfume too. This is doing well under ex-Conseillante Jean-Michel Laporte. 13.3% Drink 2029 – 2046. 17 points.” Jancisrobinsom.com, Apr 21------"This is a great Talbot, a real success for the château. Subtle and deft touches throughout, from the smoked turmeric notes that lace the black fruits to the finessed aromatics that accompany the body of the wine. Balance and freshness, and a saline edge to the finish that is extremely moreish. Three years with Jean-Michel Laporte as director and he is doing great work. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 Château Tour Saint Christophe 75cl £138 per case of 6 Château Tour Saint Christophe
2020 / / 75cl
£138 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"Clean and precisely-spliced black fruits, austerity in the tannins and a mocha, grilled coffee bean edging through the finish. Good quality and well balanced, intense to the point of slightly bitter on the final moments. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Full-bodied and creamy with lots of spice and walnut character. Lovely softness and purity. Black fruit at the end. Very fine tannins. Well-integrated. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2020 Domaine de Cambes 75cl £185 per case of 6 Domaine de Cambes
2020 / / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Ripe, rich and concentrated, the fruit on the edge of confit. Little evidence of the oak at present but a light, grainy, tannic frame. Voluptuous and gourmand as always. 16 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)
RED 2020 Domaine de Chevalier 75cl £0 per case of 12 Domaine de Chevalier
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “Cask sample taken 6 April. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Spicy nose. Pretty saline and mineral on the palate – non flashy but with lots locked in there. And no shortage at all of tannin but it's ripe enough. Very much a work in progress but with a certain lusciousness of embryonic fruit. 13.5%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 17 Points.” Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Concentrated ruby red colour, a little subdued on the nose, built with structure and power, concentrated and should age well. Classical, powerful, not exuberant, an impressive Chevalier that has tannins and fruit and freshness, nothing shouting too loud. As it opens, you see a peony floral edge that is very attractive. Easily among the best in Pessac. A yield of 38hl/ha. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2020 La Croix de Beaucaillou 75cl £0 per case of 12 La Croix de Beaucaillou
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 La Dame de Montrose 75cl £0 per case of 6 La Dame de Montrose
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Lithe and fruit-driven with dark-fruit, mint and herbal notes. Tannins finely etched. Nothing forced. Natural feel and flavour. Clean, dry finish. 13.6%. Drink 2026 – 2035. 16.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos 75cl £0 per case of 6 Les Pagodes de Cos
2020 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
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Tasting NotesNOT YET RELEASED. “58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Structured and fresh with present but unaggressive tannins. Fruit bright and lifted. Upright and classic in its demeanour and clearly with ageing potential. 13.3%. Drink 2027 – 2040. 17 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21
RED 2020 Pichon Comtesse Reserve 75cl £0 per case of 12 Pichon Comtesse Reserve
2020 / / 75cl
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RED 2020 Vieux Château Certan 75cl £0 per case of 12 Vieux Château Certan
2020 / / 75cl
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NOT YET RELEASED

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