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Bordeaux 2020 En Primeurs

We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.

Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.

JAMES SUCKLING writes...

"I have rated more than 600 wines from the 2020 vintage in Bordeaux and 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, even from simple appellations such as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superior.

It seems to be a merlot vintage to me, if I take into consideration the superb quality of wines made in appellations on the Right Bank such as Pomerol and St.-Emilion as well as more merlot-focused districts such as Margaux in the Medoc. I have done about 20 Tasting Interviews with wine producers and winemakers and I am impressed with how good their merlots are. This can certainly be understood if you look at the weather reports for 2020 – most of the merlot was harvested before intermittent rain fell in Bordeaux from about mid-September and continued until the end of the harvest.

“I have to say it is a merlot year,” said consulting enologist Hubert de Bouard, who also owns the famous St.-Emilion winery Chateau Angelus. “The merlot is great in the Medoc too.”

Some say that it was difficult getting their cabernet sauvignons ripe, though I didn’t sense any green character in wines from the Medoc for the most part. This said most of the reds from the Medoc are lower in alcohol in 2020 compared to 2019 and 2018, a result of the wet weather during the second part of the harvest there. This reminds me of the 1998 vintage when the Right Bank and Pessac-Leognan made great wines because chateaux there harvested before the rains arrived on September 29 (my birthday, which is why I remember this story!) and most Medoc wines were diluted from the precipitation.

This doesn’t mean that great cabernet sauvignon-based wines were not made in 2020 or that the Medoc did not make terrific young wines.”All the great cabernet was in already before the rain so it was not an issue,” said Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy of Chateau Mouton Rothschild today during a Zoom interview. I found his wines, whose ratings will be posted next week, to show pristine purity of fruit and focus with great tannin quality derived from the fruit. “At Mouton, everything was already picked by September 24 when the rain came.”

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