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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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,933.07
2020

Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning. The blend this year is 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, due to be aged 18-22 months in French oak barriques, 100% new, and two new foudres. The wine has pH of 3.65 pH and an alcohol of 14.5%.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,933.07
Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,762.03
2020

Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)

Decanter (99)

This is powerful and blows away much of the competition with its depth and layers. This needs you to pull up a chair, take a beat, and let the flavours unroll. There is so much density to the blueberry, bilberry and smoked raspberry fruits that they start out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,762.03
Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,235.26
2020

Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

This is powerful and blows away much of the competition with its depth and layers. This needs you to pull up a chair, take a beat, and let the flavours unroll. There is so much density to the blueberry, bilberry and smoked raspberry fruits that they start out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,235.26
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
Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £325.67
2020

Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £325.67
Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £664.07
2020

Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

This is a very cool and refined young Bordeaux with crushed-berry, walnut, mushroom, chocolate and salt character. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very integrated tannins that are polished and poised. Energetic, long and precise at the finish. 81.5% merlot and 18.5% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £664.07
Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £979.67
2020

Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

The gunsmoke character is immediately evident on the nose, as is richly expressed damson and raspberry fruit. This is pared back and held back right now, elegant, showing a seductive edge without trying too hard. The texture is softly-brushed velvet, these tannins are front and centre but so fine and so precise that they don't get in the way of the fruit. Salinity from the limestone is evident on the finish, bringing a moreish juiciness and you can scrape your tongue against the pumice stone texture. Austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers. I love it. Harvest September 15 to 23. 98-100.
Delivery to Storage from 2 Aug 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £979.67
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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Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £667.67
2020

Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This is a terrific wine that has everything, from seamless texture to great depth of fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and energetic. Pure merlot. One of the best I have had from here.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £667.67
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
Canon 2020 (1x300cl)
TBC
2020

Canon 2020 (1x300cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph!

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description TBC
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Canon 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £859.07
2020

Canon 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph!
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £859.07
Canon-La-Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

£587 - £694

2020

Canon-La-Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Lots of blue fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and earthy goodness emerge from the 2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere, a medium to full-bodied, dense, focused, elegant Saint-Emilion that needs plenty of air to show at its best. The purity of fruit is remarkable, and while it starts out tight and focused, it blossoms with air, showing a more expansive, layered, rich yet still fresh texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a thrilling Saint-Emilion readers should snatch up.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£587 - £694

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Chapelle d'Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £892.07
2020

Chapelle d'Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Chapelle d’Ausone has a well defined, focused bouquet. Tightly-wound at first, the 2020 opens with lavender and incense aromas infusing the red berry fruit. Touches of rose petal emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannins and moderate depth. A discrete white pepper note builds towards the finish that is vivacious and vibrant. I suspect that this might close down a little after bottling, but there is great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £892.07
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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Cheval Blanc 2020 (12x75cl)

£4,884 - £5,772

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£4,884 - £5,772

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x300cl)

£1,675 - £1,979

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x300cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£1,675 - £1,979

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x600cl)

£3,332 - £3,938

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x600cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£3,332 - £3,938

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x150cl)

£2,472 - £2,922

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x150cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£2,472 - £2,922

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,889.03
2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,889.03
Cheval Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,306.46
2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,306.46
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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Clos Fourtet 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £629.87
2020

Clos Fourtet 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (97-99)

One of the biggest successes on the upper plateau is the 2020 Château Clos Fourtet, and it does everything right in the vintage. A magical, perfumed bouquet of red plums, black cherries, white truffle, and white flowers just screams Saint-Emilion, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, flawless overall balance, a dense mid-palate, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the palate. Building incrementally with time in the glass, this is thrilling stuff that should offer some up-front appeal in its youth yet benefit from 7-8 years in the cellar and keep for 30 years or more. Bravo! The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc that’s still resting in 50% new French oak.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £629.87
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £266.14
2020

Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (91)

Bright plum, cranberry and cherry fruit, some easy-to-love freshness. Unfussy and appealing with a limestone kick and chalky finish. Second wine of Château la Gaffelière, made since 1985. Has its own separate wine cellar, with grapes that come from specific plots.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £266.14
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £130.67
2020

Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (91)

Bright plum, cranberry and cherry fruit, some easy-to-love freshness. Unfussy and appealing with a limestone kick and chalky finish. Second wine of Château la Gaffelière, made since 1985. Has its own separate wine cellar, with grapes that come from specific plots.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £130.67
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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Croix Cardinal 2020 (6x75cl)

£121 - £143

2020

Croix Cardinal 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (91-93)

The 2020 Croix Cardinale was picked October 1–2 at 32hl/ha. It has a tight but focused nose of blackberry and touches of blueberry and violet, well defined though more backward than other vintages I have tasted (which is not necessarily a bad thing). The promising palate displays a slightly granular texture, good grip and assertive black fruit laced with cedar and graphite that lends the finish an almost Médoc-like personality. There is also a pleasant peppery aftertaste. Excellent.

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

£121 - £143

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Dragon de Quintus 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £196.07
2020

Dragon de Quintus 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A soft, round red with blackberry, chocolate and hints of spice and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and a juicy finish.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £196.07
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,597.50
2020

Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning. The blend this year is 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, due to be aged 18-22 months in French oak barriques, 100% new, and two new foudres. The wine has pH of 3.65 pH and an alcohol of 14.5%.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,597.50
Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £2,295.00
2020

Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)

Decanter (99)

This is powerful and blows away much of the competition with its depth and layers. This needs you to pull up a chair, take a beat, and let the flavours unroll. There is so much density to the blueberry, bilberry and smoked raspberry fruits that they start out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,295.00
Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,515.99
2020

Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

This is powerful and blows away much of the competition with its depth and layers. This needs you to pull up a chair, take a beat, and let the flavours unroll. There is so much density to the blueberry, bilberry and smoked raspberry fruits that they start out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,515.99
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
Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £258.00
2020

Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £258.00
Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £540.00
2020

Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

This is a very cool and refined young Bordeaux with crushed-berry, walnut, mushroom, chocolate and salt character. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very integrated tannins that are polished and poised. Energetic, long and precise at the finish. 81.5% merlot and 18.5% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £540.00
Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £803.00
2020

Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

The gunsmoke character is immediately evident on the nose, as is richly expressed damson and raspberry fruit. This is pared back and held back right now, elegant, showing a seductive edge without trying too hard. The texture is softly-brushed velvet, these tannins are front and centre but so fine and so precise that they don't get in the way of the fruit. Salinity from the limestone is evident on the finish, bringing a moreish juiciness and you can scrape your tongue against the pumice stone texture. Austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers. I love it. Harvest September 15 to 23. 98-100.
Delivery to Storage from 2 Aug 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £803.00
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

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Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £543.00
2020

Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This is a terrific wine that has everything, from seamless texture to great depth of fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and energetic. Pure merlot. One of the best I have had from here.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £543.00
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
Canon 2020 (1x300cl)
TBC
2020

Canon 2020 (1x300cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph!

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description TBC
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Canon 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £702.50
2020

Canon 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph!
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £702.50
Canon-La-Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

£587 - £694

2020

Canon-La-Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Lots of blue fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and earthy goodness emerge from the 2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere, a medium to full-bodied, dense, focused, elegant Saint-Emilion that needs plenty of air to show at its best. The purity of fruit is remarkable, and while it starts out tight and focused, it blossoms with air, showing a more expansive, layered, rich yet still fresh texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a thrilling Saint-Emilion readers should snatch up.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description

£587 - £694

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Chapelle d'Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £730.00
2020

Chapelle d'Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Chapelle d’Ausone has a well defined, focused bouquet. Tightly-wound at first, the 2020 opens with lavender and incense aromas infusing the red berry fruit. Touches of rose petal emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannins and moderate depth. A discrete white pepper note builds towards the finish that is vivacious and vibrant. I suspect that this might close down a little after bottling, but there is great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £730.00
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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Cheval Blanc 2020 (12x75cl)

£4,884 - £5,772

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£4,884 - £5,772

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x300cl)

£1,675 - £1,979

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x300cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 1x300cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£1,675 - £1,979

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x600cl)

£3,332 - £3,938

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (1x600cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 1x600cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£3,332 - £3,938

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x150cl)

£2,472 - £2,922

2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x150cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

£2,472 - £2,922

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Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £1,567.50
2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,567.50
Cheval Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,741.99
2020

Cheval Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,741.99
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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Clos Fourtet 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £511.50
2020

Clos Fourtet 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (97-99)

One of the biggest successes on the upper plateau is the 2020 Château Clos Fourtet, and it does everything right in the vintage. A magical, perfumed bouquet of red plums, black cherries, white truffle, and white flowers just screams Saint-Emilion, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, flawless overall balance, a dense mid-palate, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the palate. Building incrementally with time in the glass, this is thrilling stuff that should offer some up-front appeal in its youth yet benefit from 7-8 years in the cellar and keep for 30 years or more. Bravo! The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc that’s still resting in 50% new French oak.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £511.50
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £195.00
2020

Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (91)

Bright plum, cranberry and cherry fruit, some easy-to-love freshness. Unfussy and appealing with a limestone kick and chalky finish. Second wine of Château la Gaffelière, made since 1985. Has its own separate wine cellar, with grapes that come from specific plots.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £195.00
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £95.50
2020

Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (91)

Bright plum, cranberry and cherry fruit, some easy-to-love freshness. Unfussy and appealing with a limestone kick and chalky finish. Second wine of Château la Gaffelière, made since 1985. Has its own separate wine cellar, with grapes that come from specific plots.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £95.50
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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Croix Cardinal 2020 (6x75cl)

£121 - £143

2020

Croix Cardinal 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (91-93)

The 2020 Croix Cardinale was picked October 1–2 at 32hl/ha. It has a tight but focused nose of blackberry and touches of blueberry and violet, well defined though more backward than other vintages I have tasted (which is not necessarily a bad thing). The promising palate displays a slightly granular texture, good grip and assertive black fruit laced with cedar and graphite that lends the finish an almost Médoc-like personality. There is also a pleasant peppery aftertaste. Excellent.

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

£121 - £143

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Dragon de Quintus 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £150.00
2020

Dragon de Quintus 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A soft, round red with blackberry, chocolate and hints of spice and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and a juicy finish.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £150.00

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