Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur - "A Trilogy of Excellence"

Having released his first batch of in-barrel scores, alongside broader commentary on the Bordeaux 2020 vintage, James Suckling has become the first major critic to declare 2020 “excellent”. The veteran taster’s initial impressions suggest that this is every bit the worthy successor to the rich, lush 2018 and the beautifully classical 2019.

 

Suckling’s tasting in Hong Kong saw him joined by the legendary consultant Michel Rolland via video, and the internationally celebrated winemaker provide fascinating insights into Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur. Rolland himself believes that 2018, 2019 and 2020 represent a new trilogy of outstanding years, similar in this respect to 1988, 1989 and 1990. We believe that the narrative of a “Trilogy of Excellence” for these three vintages (especially given the devastating reports regarding 2021) will be a highly compelling one. Collectors and investors should take note.

 

We have a reputation in Bordeaux to say the last vintage is the best one...But we did 2018, 2019 and now 2020 … after we did our tastings in the Spring I can say it is a really great vintage. It is different than 2019 with more freshness, more tension, more balance. It’s a good one. Maybe a bit less powerful than 2019 but it made really great wine. I think that we can call it a trilogy now [three consecutive high-quality vintages: 2018, 2019 and 2020].
Michel Rolland

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25 Products

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £213.47
2020

Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-96)

Coming from a gorgeous vineyard on the eastern, cooler side of Saint-Emilion, and 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Barde-Haut has a bright, juicy, yet powerful bouquet of ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and cedary herbs. It has a kiss of background oak (it’s aging in 60% new barrels), medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, textured mouthfeel, and serious underlying structure that comes out with time in the glass. It should have some upfront appeal, yet smart money is on giving bottles at least 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will keep for 2-3 decades.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-96 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £213.47
Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £358.07
2020

Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £358.07
Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

£172 - £203

2020

Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£172 - £203

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Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £319.07
2020

Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Very soft and polished with beautiful tannins that are poised and beautiful. It’s medium-to full-bodied and gorgeously proportioned. Ready for even more polishing.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £319.07
Chauvin 2020 (6x75cl)

£145 - £172

2020

Chauvin 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (93-95)

Tasted from multiple bottles, the 2020 Château Chauvin looks to be a superstar and boasts an already complex nose of ripe red and blue fruits, cedary incense, and chalky minerality. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and just about seamless on the palate, it’s a remarkable Saint-Emilion that will benefit from short-term bottle age and cruise for two decades in cold cellars.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (JD) Read Review/Description

£145 - £172

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Clos de l'Oratoire 2020 (6x75cl)

£140 - £166

2020

Clos de l'Oratoire 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (93-95)

This wine seems to always deliver, and I loved the 2020 Clos De L'Oratoire. Lots of black cherries, subtle cassis, notes of lead pencil and violets, medium to full-bodied richness, and a balanced, elegant texture all make for a beautiful Saint-Emilion. It picks up more minerality with time in the glass, and its purity of fruit is top-notch. It will keep for at least two decades.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (JD) Read Review/Description

£140 - £166

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Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A pretty red with blackberries, olives and some bark and dried mushrooms. It’s full-bodied with layered tannins and a juicy finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

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Cote de Baleau 2020 (6x75cl)

£88 - £104

2020

Cote de Baleau 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (91-93)

I loved the 2020 Château Cote De Baleau. This beauty has a rocking nose of red and black fruits supported by notes of tobacco, spice, and chalky minerality. Textured and medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and outstanding length, it’s a big, rich wine that stays nicely balanced.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-93 (JD) Read Review/Description

£88 - £104

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Faugeres 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £465.46
2020

Faugeres 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A ripe, rich red that delivers loads of crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut character, as well as fine tannins through the center palate. Layered texture.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £465.46
Faugeres 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Faugeres 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A ripe, rich red that delivers loads of crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut character, as well as fine tannins through the center palate. Layered texture.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Fonplegade 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £322.67
2020

Fonplegade 2020 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (94-96)

Crushed rocks, currants, cherries, flowers, licorice, smoke, cocoa and espresso covers all the bases in the perfume. Elegant and edgy, silky, soft and mineral driven, the fruits show a beautiful purity, freshness and refinement on the palate, leaving you with salty tannins and sweet plums that continue to linger and expand in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 94-96 (WCI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £322.67
Fonroque 2020 (6x75cl)

£142 - £168

2020

Fonroque 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A firm, silky red with really refined, polished tannins. Full-bodied, very tight and integrated. Long and vivid. Linear and creamy. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£142 - £168

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Grand Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

£99 - £117

2020

Grand Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

This is very tannic with a solid core of phenolics that frame the wine nicely and take you down to the center palate. Full and fruity, too, if a little austere. Should come around nicely with barrel aging.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£99 - £117

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Grand Corbin Despagne 2020 (6x75cl)

£123 - £145

2020

Grand Corbin Despagne 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Attractive black-olive and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Medium chewy tannins. Fine-grained texture at the end with lots of black pepper, white pepper and iron.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£123 - £145

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Grand Mayne 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £247.07
2020

Grand Mayne 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Grand Mayne is focused and delineated on a nose that offers plenty of finely chiseled scents of black cherry, bilberry, crushed rock and incense, opulent but beautifully controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe black fruit on the entry, and laced with graphite, touches of tobacco and minerals. From beginning to end, this 2020 displays wonderful tension, and there is a sense of refinement on the finish that I think has only manifested in vintages of Grand Mayne over the last 5–6 years. This delivers, or perhaps overdelivers considering the price.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £247.07
La Clotte 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £381.47
2020

La Clotte 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (95-97)

The 2020 La Clotte was picked 14-30 September and matured in barriques for 18 months. This has a gorgeous and expressive bouquet with beautifully defined red fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petal and a touch of sea spray. It is extremely focused with seamlessly integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied and silky smooth. Finely tuned acidity gently builds in the mouth. Very harmonious towards the finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a superb Saint-Émilion, one of the best you will find in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £381.47
La Dominique 2020 (24x37.5cl)
Inc. VAT: £484.66
2020

La Dominique 2020 (24x37.5cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

The 2020 Château La Dominique is a normal blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's certainly in line with the 2018 and 2019, and if anything, can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the two vintages, offering more precision and focus than the 2018 and more voluptuousness than the ethereal 2019. Gorgeous cassis and black raspberry fruits along with notes of bouquet garni, graphite, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it has some classic salty mineral nuances imparted by limestone, yet still brings an almost Pomerol-like mid-palate and density. With integrated tannins, wonderful freshness, and a great finish, I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £484.66
La Dominique 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £295.07
2020

La Dominique 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

The 2020 Château La Dominique is a normal blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's certainly in line with the 2018 and 2019, and if anything, can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the two vintages, offering more precision and focus than the 2018 and more voluptuousness than the ethereal 2019. Gorgeous cassis and black raspberry fruits along with notes of bouquet garni, graphite, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it has some classic salty mineral nuances imparted by limestone, yet still brings an almost Pomerol-like mid-palate and density. With integrated tannins, wonderful freshness, and a great finish, I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £295.07
Laroque 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £458.14
2020

Laroque 2020 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Possibly one of the best buys out there, the 2020 Château Laroque comes from a cooler, clay and limestone terroir on the eastern side of the appellation, and this is exactly what you wanted in this vintage. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as stunning notes of blueberries, cassis, liquid violets, and white truffle, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, and gorgeous length on the finish. It plays in the more nuanced, elegant end of the spectrum yet still brings ample fruit, richness, and texture. It’s a stunning bottle of wine all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £458.14
Laroque 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £172.07
2020

Laroque 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Possibly one of the best buys out there, the 2020 Château Laroque comes from a cooler, clay and limestone terroir on the eastern side of the appellation, and this is exactly what you wanted in this vintage. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as stunning notes of blueberries, cassis, liquid violets, and white truffle, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, and gorgeous length on the finish. It plays in the more nuanced, elegant end of the spectrum yet still brings ample fruit, richness, and texture. It’s a stunning bottle of wine all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 12 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £172.07
Le Prieure 2020 (6x75cl)

£158 - £187

2020

Le Prieure 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (94-96)

The 2020 Le Prieuré is very intense on the nose of pure blackberry, raspberry preserve and subtle blueberry scents, the oak extremely well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers velvety tannins and a mélange of red and black fruit laced with blood orange and hints of marmalade. This is a nimble, tensile Saint-Émilion with real puissance toward the finish and a persistent spicy aftertaste. Wonderful.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-96 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£158 - £187

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Pavie Decesse 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £613.67
2020

Pavie Decesse 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-98)

A blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Pavie Decesse comes from the upper plateau, just above Château Pavie, and the soils here are more limestone based, with just a thin layer of clay over the bedrock, which tends to produce a more elegant, ethereal wine. Nevertheless, this brings serious richness and depth as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of black cherries, currants, bouquet garni, crushed violets, and chalky minerality. Just stunning in every way, it has an expansive texture, the classic purity and elegance this cuvée always shows, and a monster of a finish.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 8 96-98 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £613.67
Quinault L'Enclos 2020 (6x75cl)

£157 - £185

2020

Quinault L'Enclos 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (92)

Managing tannins is one of the lines that needed walking in 2020, and the warmer soils of Quinault compared to Cheval needed particular care. You find some traces of the solar nature of the summer on the nose, with eucalyptus, black pepper and rosemary spice, but there is freshness on the palate, well balanced and with density to the blackberry and black cherry fruits, finishing up with again the eucalyptus that is found in the aromatics, and a generous kick of spice. This is tightly structured, it is expertly handled but I would suggest looking to the 2019. Harvest September 3 to 23. 10 days over 30°C during that time.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92 (DC) Read Review/Description

£157 - £185

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Ripeau 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Ripeau 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Ripeau has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and touches of orange blossom and violets, quite persuasive and charming. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, with pliant tannins and superb acidity. Certainly, I cannot recall a Ripeau as good as this out of barrel, and if it retains this panache and allure in bottle, it could be one of the hidden gems of the vintage.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

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Sansonnet 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £209.87
2020

Sansonnet 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A powerful and intense red with blackberry, blueberry and ultra fine chewy tannins. It’s so long and energetic. Dense center palate.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £209.87
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £164.50
2020

Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-96)

Coming from a gorgeous vineyard on the eastern, cooler side of Saint-Emilion, and 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Barde-Haut has a bright, juicy, yet powerful bouquet of ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and cedary herbs. It has a kiss of background oak (it’s aging in 60% new barrels), medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, textured mouthfeel, and serious underlying structure that comes out with time in the glass. It should have some upfront appeal, yet smart money is on giving bottles at least 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will keep for 2-3 decades.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-96 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £164.50
Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £285.00
2020

Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £285.00
Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

£172 - £203

2020

Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

£172 - £203

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £252.50
2020

Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Very soft and polished with beautiful tannins that are poised and beautiful. It’s medium-to full-bodied and gorgeously proportioned. Ready for even more polishing.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £252.50
Chauvin 2020 (6x75cl)

£145 - £172

2020

Chauvin 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (93-95)

Tasted from multiple bottles, the 2020 Château Chauvin looks to be a superstar and boasts an already complex nose of ripe red and blue fruits, cedary incense, and chalky minerality. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and just about seamless on the palate, it’s a remarkable Saint-Emilion that will benefit from short-term bottle age and cruise for two decades in cold cellars.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (JD) Read Review/Description

£145 - £172

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Clos de l'Oratoire 2020 (6x75cl)

£140 - £166

2020

Clos de l'Oratoire 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (93-95)

This wine seems to always deliver, and I loved the 2020 Clos De L'Oratoire. Lots of black cherries, subtle cassis, notes of lead pencil and violets, medium to full-bodied richness, and a balanced, elegant texture all make for a beautiful Saint-Emilion. It picks up more minerality with time in the glass, and its purity of fruit is top-notch. It will keep for at least two decades.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (JD) Read Review/Description

£140 - £166

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Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A pretty red with blackberries, olives and some bark and dried mushrooms. It’s full-bodied with layered tannins and a juicy finish.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

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Cote de Baleau 2020 (6x75cl)

£88 - £104

2020

Cote de Baleau 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (91-93)

I loved the 2020 Château Cote De Baleau. This beauty has a rocking nose of red and black fruits supported by notes of tobacco, spice, and chalky minerality. Textured and medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and outstanding length, it’s a big, rich wine that stays nicely balanced.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 91-93 (JD) Read Review/Description

£88 - £104

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Faugeres 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £361.10
2020

Faugeres 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A ripe, rich red that delivers loads of crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut character, as well as fine tannins through the center palate. Layered texture.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £361.10
Faugeres 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Faugeres 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A ripe, rich red that delivers loads of crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut character, as well as fine tannins through the center palate. Layered texture.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

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Fonplegade 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £255.50
2020

Fonplegade 2020 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (94-96)

Crushed rocks, currants, cherries, flowers, licorice, smoke, cocoa and espresso covers all the bases in the perfume. Elegant and edgy, silky, soft and mineral driven, the fruits show a beautiful purity, freshness and refinement on the palate, leaving you with salty tannins and sweet plums that continue to linger and expand in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 94-96 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £255.50
Fonroque 2020 (6x75cl)

£142 - £168

2020

Fonroque 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A firm, silky red with really refined, polished tannins. Full-bodied, very tight and integrated. Long and vivid. Linear and creamy. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£142 - £168

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Grand Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

£99 - £117

2020

Grand Corbin 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

This is very tannic with a solid core of phenolics that frame the wine nicely and take you down to the center palate. Full and fruity, too, if a little austere. Should come around nicely with barrel aging.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£99 - £117

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Grand Corbin Despagne 2020 (6x75cl)

£123 - £145

2020

Grand Corbin Despagne 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Attractive black-olive and spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Medium chewy tannins. Fine-grained texture at the end with lots of black pepper, white pepper and iron.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£123 - £145

If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
Grand Mayne 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £192.50
2020

Grand Mayne 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Grand Mayne is focused and delineated on a nose that offers plenty of finely chiseled scents of black cherry, bilberry, crushed rock and incense, opulent but beautifully controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe black fruit on the entry, and laced with graphite, touches of tobacco and minerals. From beginning to end, this 2020 displays wonderful tension, and there is a sense of refinement on the finish that I think has only manifested in vintages of Grand Mayne over the last 5–6 years. This delivers, or perhaps overdelivers considering the price.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £192.50
La Clotte 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £304.50
2020

La Clotte 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (95-97)

The 2020 La Clotte was picked 14-30 September and matured in barriques for 18 months. This has a gorgeous and expressive bouquet with beautifully defined red fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petal and a touch of sea spray. It is extremely focused with seamlessly integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied and silky smooth. Finely tuned acidity gently builds in the mouth. Very harmonious towards the finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a superb Saint-Émilion, one of the best you will find in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £304.50
La Dominique 2020 (24x37.5cl)
In Bond: £377.10
2020

La Dominique 2020 (24x37.5cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

The 2020 Château La Dominique is a normal blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's certainly in line with the 2018 and 2019, and if anything, can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the two vintages, offering more precision and focus than the 2018 and more voluptuousness than the ethereal 2019. Gorgeous cassis and black raspberry fruits along with notes of bouquet garni, graphite, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it has some classic salty mineral nuances imparted by limestone, yet still brings an almost Pomerol-like mid-palate and density. With integrated tannins, wonderful freshness, and a great finish, I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £377.10
La Dominique 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £232.50
2020

La Dominique 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

The 2020 Château La Dominique is a normal blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's certainly in line with the 2018 and 2019, and if anything, can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the two vintages, offering more precision and focus than the 2018 and more voluptuousness than the ethereal 2019. Gorgeous cassis and black raspberry fruits along with notes of bouquet garni, graphite, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it has some classic salty mineral nuances imparted by limestone, yet still brings an almost Pomerol-like mid-palate and density. With integrated tannins, wonderful freshness, and a great finish, I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £232.50
Laroque 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £355.00
2020

Laroque 2020 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Possibly one of the best buys out there, the 2020 Château Laroque comes from a cooler, clay and limestone terroir on the eastern side of the appellation, and this is exactly what you wanted in this vintage. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as stunning notes of blueberries, cassis, liquid violets, and white truffle, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, and gorgeous length on the finish. It plays in the more nuanced, elegant end of the spectrum yet still brings ample fruit, richness, and texture. It’s a stunning bottle of wine all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £355.00
Laroque 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £130.00
2020

Laroque 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Possibly one of the best buys out there, the 2020 Château Laroque comes from a cooler, clay and limestone terroir on the eastern side of the appellation, and this is exactly what you wanted in this vintage. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as stunning notes of blueberries, cassis, liquid violets, and white truffle, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, and gorgeous length on the finish. It plays in the more nuanced, elegant end of the spectrum yet still brings ample fruit, richness, and texture. It’s a stunning bottle of wine all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 12 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £130.00
Le Prieure 2020 (6x75cl)

£158 - £187

2020

Le Prieure 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (94-96)

The 2020 Le Prieuré is very intense on the nose of pure blackberry, raspberry preserve and subtle blueberry scents, the oak extremely well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers velvety tannins and a mélange of red and black fruit laced with blood orange and hints of marmalade. This is a nimble, tensile Saint-Émilion with real puissance toward the finish and a persistent spicy aftertaste. Wonderful.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-96 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£158 - £187

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Pavie Decesse 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £498.00
2020

Pavie Decesse 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-98)

A blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Pavie Decesse comes from the upper plateau, just above Château Pavie, and the soils here are more limestone based, with just a thin layer of clay over the bedrock, which tends to produce a more elegant, ethereal wine. Nevertheless, this brings serious richness and depth as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of black cherries, currants, bouquet garni, crushed violets, and chalky minerality. Just stunning in every way, it has an expansive texture, the classic purity and elegance this cuvée always shows, and a monster of a finish.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 8 96-98 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £498.00
Quinault L'Enclos 2020 (6x75cl)

£157 - £185

2020

Quinault L'Enclos 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (92)

Managing tannins is one of the lines that needed walking in 2020, and the warmer soils of Quinault compared to Cheval needed particular care. You find some traces of the solar nature of the summer on the nose, with eucalyptus, black pepper and rosemary spice, but there is freshness on the palate, well balanced and with density to the blackberry and black cherry fruits, finishing up with again the eucalyptus that is found in the aromatics, and a generous kick of spice. This is tightly structured, it is expertly handled but I would suggest looking to the 2019. Harvest September 3 to 23. 10 days over 30°C during that time.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92 (DC) Read Review/Description

£157 - £185

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Ripeau 2020 (6x75cl)

£160 - £189

2020

Ripeau 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Ripeau has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and touches of orange blossom and violets, quite persuasive and charming. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, with pliant tannins and superb acidity. Certainly, I cannot recall a Ripeau as good as this out of barrel, and if it retains this panache and allure in bottle, it could be one of the hidden gems of the vintage.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£160 - £189

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Sansonnet 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £161.50
2020

Sansonnet 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A powerful and intense red with blackberry, blueberry and ultra fine chewy tannins. It’s so long and energetic. Dense center palate.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £161.50

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