Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur

Faith restored in En Primeur – why you should buy 2020 Bordeaux
If there were any sceptics regarding the principle of En Primeur Bordeaux, they have been largely silenced by the success of the 2019 vintage. It was a good deal and the market responded positively. Geopolitically, we are in a better place too. US tariffs suspended, Hong Kong more stable, and the industry has largely got to grips with the consequences of Brexit. This year we may expect slight increases in prices but according to the critics and journalists the quality is there to justify it.

The Vintage

A mild winter was followed by a very wet spring that topped up the water table, but meant the châteaux had to work hard in the vineyards to combat downy mildew. The summer growing season was the making of the vintage, being blessed with hot and dry conditions in the main, and sufficient diurnal range to allow the grapes to both ripen fully and retain freshness. Despite the heatwave, the harvest took place in optimal conditions during September. Those châteaux that were willing and able to get the manpower required (especially in the face of the pandemic) to maintain the health of their vines in the spring, have benefitted by producing wines of very fine quality.

The Wines
Wine critics are already saying that the 2020 vintage is shaping up nicely, and should be of similar quality to 2019, with more consistency across the board than 2018. Some winemakers have called 2020 a perfect blend of the two vintages, with the best wines showing real elegance, aromatic purity and freshness. A winemaker’s vintage!

The Campaign
Similar to last year, we can expect a quickfire campaign. Many Petit châteaux are releasing prices now, with the major châteaux likely to follow late May and into June. Be warned – the heat of 2020 produced a high quality crop but low overall yield. Less than the average for the last 10 years. We expect global demand to be strong, so availability will be spread thinly across all markets.

How to order
We will provide regular updates and news as the prices are revealed to us, however we need your help too! Please register your interest by emailing David King with your contact details and a list of wines you would be interested in or the budget you have available and we can advise you on the wines best suited for your needs. Armed with this information in advance will help us with our negotiations in Bordeaux and ensure a speedy response. First time? Please contact David if you have any questions or need advice.

What the critics are saying
"’s clear that, on the basis of these cask samples anyway, some stunning wines have been produced in 2020. On the left bank, they tend to be made by producers who can afford to be extremely selective in their final blends. There is a host of very successful wines on the Merlot-dominated right bank too – not all of them likely to be ridiculously expensive, although no prices have yet been released." Jancis Robinson MW

“I am impressed with the overall quality. I had heard before I started tasting barrel samples that the vintage was heterogenous, but 90% of the wines I have reviewed show an outstanding quality level from first growths to petit chateaux." James Suckling