Bordeaux 2020 en primeur

Bordeaux En Primeur 2020

How to order - please email David King
You can order by the bottle or the case. All wines are offered on an In Bond basis. The prices quoted exclude duty, VAT and delivery. These costs will be invoiced once the wines have been shipped to the UK in the spring of 2023.
Alternative bottle sizes (e.g. halves or magnums) are available subject to a small surcharge; please advise when ordering. For any wines that you are interested in that we have not listed below, please contact David. We will provide regular updates and news as the prices are revealed to us, however advanced knowledge of your wishes or needs will help us.

Château Appellation    Price/case (6x75cl) IB  Price/bottle IB
Rating Review
Batailley
Pauillac 5ème GCC £168.50
 £28.08 94 JA; 94-95 JS; 17/20 JL

"...classically structured with a wonderful finish of extremely polished tannins and an ultra long finish. So much blackcurrant, spice and cedar. Seamless." James Suckling

Beychevelle St-Julien 4ème GCC £360.00 £60.00 94-96 AG; 94 JA

"The 2020 is sexy, alluring and impossible to resist. Time in the glass brings out redder tonalities of fruit along with sweet floral notes...2030-2055." Antonio Galloni

Canon
St-Émilion 1er GCC (B)
 £650.00  £108.33 96-98 NM; 98-100 LPB; 95-97 AG; 98-100 JA

"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....Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. 2026-2055." Jane Anson

Cantemerle
Haut-Médoc 5ème GCC
£109.00
 £18.16 93 JA

 "...damson and an edge of bitter dark chocolate, but it is a success all the same - confident, succulent, elegant and classic." Jane Anson

Clos du Clocher
Pomerol £207.00
£34.50
92-94 NM; 91-93 AG

“… quite exotic in style compared to its peers, but controlled and quite persistent on the finish. An opulent Clos du Clocher, well-crafted...2027-2050.” Neal Martin

Clos Fourtet
St-Émilion 1er GCC (B) £469.50
£78.25
96-98 AG

“A wine of stature and breeding, the 2020 Clos Fourtet is absolutely breathtaking from barrel. The 2020 is all class. It is one of the most promising wines of this young vintage and a fabulous effort from the Cuvelier family. Don't miss it. 2035-2060." Antonio Galloni

Clos du Marquis St-Julien £225.00 £37.50 92-94 NM; 93-95 LPB

"This excellent Clos du Marquis brims over with breeding and should drink well for 20-30 years. 2027-2050." Neal Martin

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan £399.00 £66.50 95 JA

"An excellent white with precision, flesh and confidence, sure to age well....something special...extremely successful." Jane Anson

Domaine de Chevalier Rouge Pessac-Léognan £282.00 £47.00 93-95 NM

"...a deeply impressive structure counterbalanced by equally impressive feshness and elegance...2035-2055." Neal Martin

Ducru-Beaucaillou
St-Julien 2ème GCC £960.00
£160.00
95-97 LPB; 98 JA

"An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage. Hugely persistent, chiselled and precise, yet succulent in its berry and cassis fruit character. The slate and pencil lead finish slows things down and grabs hold of you, I love the push-and-pull of the tannins. Always a confident and well-finessed wine, really flexing its muscles in 2020. 2029-2045." Jane Anson

Duhart-Milon
Pauillac 4ème GCC  £342.00  £57.00  95 JA

“Elegant, precise, feels very Pauillac in its density combined with fine tannins that have life and lift on the finish. 2028-2042." Jane Anson

Durfort-Vivens
Margaux 2ème GCC £264.00
£44.00
93-95 AG; 94 JA

"...an exotic, full-throttle wine. Today, it is quite the powerhouse. The 2020 is aging 67% new oak and 33% terracotta vats.2028-2045." Antonio Galloni

Fèrriere
Margaux 3ème GCC £168.00
£28.00
94-96 AG

"…a powerhouse…Ferrière shows the more virile side of Margaux off to great effect. Readers will find a wine of tremendous gravitas. 2028-2045." Antonio Galloni

Figeac
St-Émilion 1er GCC (B) £936.00
£156.00
96-98 NM; 96-98+ LPB; 95-97 AG; 96 JA

"The tannins are satin-like in texture, and there's dark berry fruit and hints of pencil lead and black truffle shavings toward the Pomerol-like finish. This is a magnificent Figeac...Drink 2030-2065." Neal Martin

Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 5ème CC £303.00 £50.50 95-97 NM

"...it opens in glorious fashion...blackberrywild strawberry crushed stone and wild mint...beautifully balanced...This is a brilliant GPL. 2027-2055." Neal Martin

Grand-Puy-Lacoste Variation Case
Pauillac 5ème CC £650.00 (7-bottle/9 litre presentation case)
N/A 95-97 NM

Case contains: 1 x Double Magnum (3L), 2 x Magnum (1.5L), 4 standard bottles (75cl)

Haut-Bailly
Pessac-Léognan £576.00
£96.00
95-97 AG; 95-97 NM ; 96-98+ LPB; 96 JA

"Deep, rich and explosive, the 2020 Haut-Bailly is magnificent from the very first taste. Dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and spice give the 2020 a level of unctuousness that is absolutely thrilling. 2032-2060." Antonio Galloni

Haut-Brion
Pessac-Léognan 1er GCC £2598.00
£1299.00 (3-bottle case price)
96-98 NM; 97-99 AG; 98-100 LPB; 96 JA

"...shaping up to be one of the wines of the year. Substance, depth and textural intensity elevate Haut-Brion into the realm of the sublime in 2020. Wow. Drink 2035-2070." Antonio Galloni

Lafite-Rothschild
Pauillac 1er GCC £3300.00
£550.00
96-98 NM; 95-97 AG; 97 JA

"...quintessential Lafite in that it is not a powerful or immensely structured wine, but rather a First Growth with unerring balance and harmony, one that is unashamedly classic in style. So Lafite it has its name tattooed onto its DNA. 2030-2070." Neal Martin

Lafon-Rochet
Saint-Estèphe 4ème GCC
 £162.50  £27.08 93 JA; 93-94 JS; 17/20 JL

"...a very successful 2020...well done Basile Tesseron for producing something so appetising and groundbreaking. The finish is impressively persistent." James Lawther MW

Langoa Barton
St-Julien 3ème GCC
 £179.00  £29.83 93-94 JS; 92 JA; 17/20 JL

"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." James Suckling

Le Petit Ducru de Ducru Beaucaillou
St-Julien £120.00
£20.00
88-90 LPB

"...it comes barrelling out of the glass with open-knit scents of ripe black plums, black cherries and mulberries...2023-2033." robertparker.com

Léoville Barton
St-Julien 2ème GCC
£380.00
 £63.33 94 JA; 18/20 JL

"Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism." Jane Anson

Léoville Las Cases
St-Julien 2ème GCC £1188.00
£198.00
96-98 NM

"...one of the most Pauillac-like bouquets that I have noticed...strict and linear at first, that Pauillac tincture the continuing theme thanks to conspicuous graphite/pencil lead notes interwoven into the black fruit. Drink 2030-2070."

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron
Pauillac (Young vines of Pichon Baron) £174.00
£29.00
92-94 AG; 91-93 LPB

"The 2020 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is fabulous. Bright and intensely savory, the 2020 screams with character. The Cabernet seems especially expressive today. Inky red fruit, spice, dried flowers, crushed rocks and blood orange build as this exquisitely perfumed, nuanced Pauillac shows off its considerable pedigree. This is a terrific showing. 2027-2040." Antonio Galloni

L'Évangile
Pomerol
£1110.00
£185.00
95-97 AG; 96-98 NM

"...fabulous...easily the most Lafite-like L'Évangile I have ever tasted. Don't miss it! 2030-2050." Antonio Galloni

Lynch-Bages
Pauillac 5ème GCC £522.00
£87.00
94-96 NM; 93-95 AG; 94-96 RP; 96 JA.

"...dare I say, reminiscent of Latour toward the finish...a great Lynch-Bages. The Cazes family should build a new winery to celebrate. 2027-2055." Neal Martin

Palmer
Margaux 3ème GCC £1440.00
£240.00
97 JA

"...intense and concentrated, elegant, balanced and classical, all about the texture which is velvety and seductive with softly-grained tannins. 2028-2044." Jane Anson

Pavie
St-Émilion 1er GCC (A) £1445.00
 £240.83 99-100 JS; 97 JA

"There is density and glamour, with layers of black chocolate, graphite and liquorice." James Suckling 

Pichon Baron
Pauillac 2ème GCC £666.00
£111.00
96-98 AG; 95-97 NM; 96 JA; 95-97 LPB

"...utterly breathtaking, and also one of the very best young vintages I have tasted here. An exotic mélange of red cherry, mint, rose petal and blood orange comes alive in the glass...hands down one of the most impressive wines of 2020. Superb! Drink 2035-2055." Antonio Galloni

Pichon Lalande
Pauillac 5ème GCC £807.00
£134.50
95-97 LPB; 95-97 AG; 96 JA

"...very classically styled and leaves behind a persistent, slightly briny aftertaste. This is a magnificent, cerebral Pichon-Lalande that will deserve serious ageing...2027-2055" Neal Martin

Pontet-Canet
Pauillac 2ème GCC  £444.00  £74.00  96-98+ LPB; 95-97 AG

"Highly successful Pontet, one of the few Pauillacs that, for me, overperforms on its 2019. It has personality, and is a little old school in the best possible way. Recommended. 2028-2042." Jane Anson

Potensac Médoc £97.50 £16.25 90-92 NM

"...more opulent than usual, but well defined...a very commendable Potensac that should give 12-15 years of pleasure. 2025-2036." Neal Martin

Rauzan-Ségla
Margaux 2ème GCC £440.00
£73.33
95-97 NM

"Brimming with energy and full of tension from start to finish, this is a sophisticated and quite intellectual Margaux. It’s also flippin’ delicious. 2027–2057." Neal Martin

Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
Péssac-Leognan
£576.00
£96.00
92-94 NM

"....attractive honeysuckle, yellow flowers, jasmine, melon and very subtle chamomile scents, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with an intense, concentrated opening, a little more viscous in texture than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, deeper and a touch spicier. Veins of lemongrass and stem ginger appear toward the finish. One of the best dry whites of the vintage. 2023-2032." Neal Martin

Talbot
St-Julien 4ème GCC £237.00
£39.50
95 JA

"...a great Talbot, a real success for the château...smoked turmeric notes that lace the black fruits to the finessed aromatics that accompany the body of the wine. 2026-2040."  Jane Anson

Troplong Mondot
St-Émilion 1er GCC (B)
£432.00
£72.00
94-96 NM; 97 JA; 95-97+ LPB; 93-95 AG

"The nuanced bouquet features a mixture of red and black fruit, touches of iris flower, sea spray and a touch of Earl Grey...a delicious and characterful Saint-Émilion, fresh and vibrant, that will fill out and gain depth during its barrel maturation. Excellent! 2027-2050." Neal Martin

Vieux Château Certan
Pomerol
£720.00 (3-bottle case price)
£240.00
98-100 LB; 96-98 AG; 95 JA

"There are going to be two ways to approach this: 1) Just let the remarkably sensual, inexplicable beauty of it wash over you or 2) Try to unravel all those intricate layers and have it blow you mind. Either way, this is simply an incredible achievement—bravo Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont!" Lisa Perotti-Brown

Vray Croix de Gay
Pomerol
£277.50  £46.25  95 JA 

 "...juicy, measured, full of life... vibrant with a crushed mint finish... a freshness and a momentum that gives the abundant tannins flexibility...Biodynamic. 2026-2042." Jane Anson

Key to critics          
AG = Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
         
JA = Jane Anson (Decanter)
         
JL = James Lawther MW (jancisrobinson.com)          
NM = Neal Martin (Vinous)
         
LPB = robertparker.com
         
JS = James Suckling          

 

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.

What the critics are saying
"...it’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

 

 

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