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
Alter Ego
(Palmer, Margaux)
£303.00
£50.50
93 JA

"Chocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose…This has real purity of fruit. 2024-2038." Jane Anson

Angélus
St-Émilion 1er GCC (A)  £1524.00  £254.00 97 JA

"...discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 2028-2048." Jane Anson

Batailley (Pauillac)
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 £348.00 £58.00 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

Branaire-Ducru
St-Julien 4ème GCC £186.00
£31.00
93 JA; 93-94 JS

"...really excellent St-Julien character; A lovely Branaire, well placed...a real sense of sappiness, lift and sinew..." Jane Anson, Decanter

Cantenac-Brown Margaux 3ème GCC £207.00 £34.50 94-97 AG

"...an outrageously beautiful wine. Ample, virtical and soaring in its intesity...Punchy red berry fruit, lavender, spice mint and roase petal abound...balances fruit intesity with vinbrancy and energy...Shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage." Antonio Galloni

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 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

Croix de Gay
Pomerol
£153.00  £25.50  92 JA

 "Smokey edge to the aromatics, vanilla raspberry and coffee grounds...gains in both interest and complexity as it opens up in the glass." Jane Anson

Croix Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien (Ducru Beaucaillou) £180.00 £30.00 95 JA

So much purity and definition, this is a beautiful wine with clarity of flavour...almond rosemary, mocha, smoke and coffee bean...La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou is a standout success" 2026-2042." Jane Anson

Doisy-Daëne Sauternes (Barsac) 2ème GCC £144.00
£24.00
96 JA

"Rich and powerful, this is a seductive Barsac...Great stuff, extremely well balanced." Jane Anson

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

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

Fleur de Gay
Pomerol
£387.00  £64.50  95 JA 

 "...seductive and silky and totally delicious....a ripped muscular texture, smokey, juicy and full of definition. 2027-2042." Jane Anson

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

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)

Gruaud-Larose
St-Julien 2ème GCC £348.00
£58.00
95 JA

"Elegant yet driven with gentle power. A big shouldered St-Julien but with a wide nuance of flavours." Jane Anson

Guiraud
Sauternes 1er GCC
£186.00
£31.00
94 JA

"This is hugely appealing. Fleshy and exotic, with saffron and cinnamon, luscious and rich..." Jane Anson

Haut-Bages Libéral
Pauillac 5ème CC £159.00
£26.50
93-95 AG

"… a powerhouse…Bright red fruit, cedar, dried flowers, mint, spice and sweet tobacco. Time in the glass brings out pretty floral notes that add finesse and considerable aromatic presence." 2026-2045." Antonio Galloni

Kirwan
Margaux 3ème GCC
£180.00
£30.00
92 JA; 90-93 RP

"...prances out of the glass with pretty scents of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and Morello cherries...fantastic tension and fine-grained tannins...2025-2040." robertparker.com

Lafite-Rothschild
Pauillac 1er GCC £2940.00
£490.00
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;17/20JL

"...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 RP

"...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
£365.00
 £60.83 94 JA; 18/20 JL

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

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

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 

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 £399.00
£66.50
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

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

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

Cheval Blanc (sold out)  St-Émilion 1er GCC (A)
 £2325.00 £387.50
98 JA

"Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. 2028-2048." Jane Anson

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