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Bordeaux 2020

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"The 2020 vintage marks a rare trilogy of excellent vintages"
-James Suckling

About the Vintage

The 2020 Bordeaux vintage is about to be released! We haven’t been able to visit Bordeaux as we would normally do but have been sent samples and have been impressed by what we have tasted. The châteaux we have spoken to are delighted by the vintage, placing it at the same level as 2019 and somewhere above 2018, a modern trilogy of top-quality vintages for Christian Seely of Château Pichon Baron. James Suckling has already declared 2020 to be ‘another great year for Bordeaux’.

There is no doubt that 2020 is very promising in terms of quality but it was far from easy. Indeed, it was a pretty stressful year for many growers. A mild and wet spring resulted in an early bud break and flowering. Whilst the wet weather replenished water reserves, it brought mildew pressure, a particular challenge for organic or biodynamic producers who lost a fair amount of their crop at this stage. The weather shifted dramatically from mid-June becoming warm and dry which caused severe stress in some vineyards and concentrated the berries. Showers in the middle of August provided some relief but temperatures remained high throughout September with a mid-month heat wave further concentrating the grapes.

The early bud break and hot summer led to an early harvest, 10 to 15 days earlier than normal, starting with the whites in mid-August and the reds from mid-September. Most finished picking by the end of the month. Overall production was down by 10% compared to 2019, the heat and drought being the main factors but there were significant variations. The drought was most intense in the southern Médoc, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes while Merlot vineyards on the Right Bank, which ripened before the mid-September heat, fared better.

As for the wines we have tasted, the whites are full-flavoured and surprisingly fresh and energetic. The reds are deeply coloured with intense ripe fruit and smooth tannins. There is more than enough depth and structure to balance the alcohol and while many wines seem all too attractive now, they have plenty of ageing potential. There are of course variations with terroir playing a crucial role this year, excellent drainage and the capacity to hold water being particularly important. Such terroirs include Pomerol and Saint-Emilion and the better vineyards of Pauillac and Saint-Julien. Some of the best wines it seems come from here but there is more to taste so we shall see!

We will be offering the wines over the next few months as soon as they are released by the chȃteaux. As always, we are expecting significant demand for certain wines and urge you to join our mailing list via the enquiry form below to avoid missing out on these exciting releases.

For any questions about the 2020 Bordeaux campaign, or en primeur in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

James Snoxell, Fine Wine Buyer of Bancroft Wines

Bordeaux 2020 Releases

‘A linear and polished young red with compact, silky tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blackberry, blackcurrant, mushroom and spice character. Very solid wine from here’ 92-93 points, James Suckling

£105 per 12 bottle case in bond

‘Full-bodied and creamy with lots of spice and walnut character. Lovely softness and purity. Black fruit at the end. Very fine tannins. Well-integrated’ 95-96 points, James Suckling

£138 per 6 bottle case in bond

Bordeaux 2020 Pending Releases

Availability and pricing of the below wines TBC

Ch Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Saintayme, Saint Emilion
Ch Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol
Ch Pontet Canet, Pauillac
Chateau Figeac, St Emilion
Chateau Laroque, Saint Emilion
Chateau Batailley, Pauillac
Ch Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Ch Canon, St Emilion
Ch Leoville Barton, St-Julien
Ch Clinet, Pomerol
Ch Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac
Ch Rauzan Segla, Margaux
Ch Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol
Ch Leoville-Poyferre, St Julien
Ch Branaire Ducru, St Julien
Ch Kirwan, Margaux
Ch Palmer, Margaux
Ch Margaux, Margaux
Ch La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Le Petit Lion, St Julien
Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac
Ch Cos d`Estournel, St Estephe 
Ch. La Mondotte, St Emilion 
Ch Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Ch Pavie Macquin, St Emilion
Chateau Potensac, Cru Bourgeois
Ch Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Ch Talbot, St Julien
Ch Calon Segur, St Estephe
Ch Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou, St Julien
La Croix de Beaucaillou, St Julien
Ch Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Ch Langoa Barton, St Julien
Marquis de Calon Segur, St Estèphe
Aile d`Argent, Bordeaux Blanc
Ch Ausone, St Emilion
Ch Duhart Milon, Pauillac
Ch. Meyney, St Estèphe
Domaine De Chevalier Rouge Graves
Ch Montrose, St Estephe
L`If, Saint-Emilion
Ch Haut Bailly, Graves
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Les Pagodes de Cos, St Estephe
Ch Smith Haut Lafite
Ch LEglise Clinet, Pomerol
Ch Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
Ch Lynch Moussas, Pauillac
Ch L`Evangile, Pomerol
Ch Malescot Saint-Exupery Margaux
Ch Clerc Milon, Pauillac
Ch Coutet, Sauternes
Ch Brane Cantenac, Margaux
Chateau Cissac Cru Bourgeois
Chapelle d`Ausone, St Emilion
Ch Beychevelle, St Julien
Ch La Violette, Pomerol
Ch Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
Pavillon Rouge, Margaux
Ch Pichon Baron, Pauillac
Clos du Marquis, St Julien
Ch La Conseillante, Pomerol

Register Your Interest In Bordeaux 2020

Due to the high quality of the vintage and limited quantities, demand is sure to be very high with some wines
available on a strict allocation basis. Get in touch with us via the form below to enquire about availability.

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