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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Prices: In Bond Inc. TAX
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,207.25
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. TAX: €3,207.25
Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €505.81
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 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €505.81
Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €415.71
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. TAX: €415.71
Canon 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,087.71
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 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,087.71
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €155.41
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 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €155.41
La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €846.51
2020

La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (96-98)

The 2020 La Gaffelière has an intriguing, complex nose, a mélange of red and black fruit, cigar box, undergrowth and mint, quite mercurial in the glass as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a beautiful seam of acidity and perhaps the most satin-like texture I have encountered on a young La Gaffelière. It sashays to a harmonious and precise finish and lingers with wonderful mineralité. This is a magnificent prospect.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €846.51
Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €701.41
2020

Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-99)

A wine that’s going to flirt with perfection is the 2020 Château Larcis Ducasse. It’s a Saint-Emilion with an almost Pomerol-like depth and power paired with classic Saint-Emilion aromatics and minerality. Incredibly pure notes of black cherries, blackberries, white flowers, truffle, and leafy herb notes all emerge on the nose and it’s full-bodied, with a layered, multi-dimensional texture, thrilling tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. If you get a chance, buy it. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aging in 55% new French oak.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €701.41
Pavie 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,962.72
2020

Pavie 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

The aromas are already exceptional, showing crushed-stone, limestone and salt character to the dark fruit and bark. It’s full-bodied, yet agile. Floats on the palate, then kicks in with loads of ultra fine tannins. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 10 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,962.72
Troplong Mondot 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €675.15
2020

Troplong Mondot 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This has superb depth and intensity with very fine tannins that draw you down. So much black fruit, together with black pepper and salt. Extremely well crafted. Vertical and deep. Chalky and salty with black chocolate.
Delivery to Storage from 5 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €675.15
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €2,665.00
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: €2,665.00
Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €406.00
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 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €406.00
Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €331.00
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: €331.00
Canon 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €891.00
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 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €891.00
Clos La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €114.00
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 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €114.00
La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €690.00
2020

La Gaffeliere 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (96-98)

The 2020 La Gaffelière has an intriguing, complex nose, a mélange of red and black fruit, cigar box, undergrowth and mint, quite mercurial in the glass as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a beautiful seam of acidity and perhaps the most satin-like texture I have encountered on a young La Gaffelière. It sashays to a harmonious and precise finish and lingers with wonderful mineralité. This is a magnificent prospect.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-98 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: €690.00
Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €569.00
2020

Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-99)

A wine that’s going to flirt with perfection is the 2020 Château Larcis Ducasse. It’s a Saint-Emilion with an almost Pomerol-like depth and power paired with classic Saint-Emilion aromatics and minerality. Incredibly pure notes of black cherries, blackberries, white flowers, truffle, and leafy herb notes all emerge on the nose and it’s full-bodied, with a layered, multi-dimensional texture, thrilling tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. If you get a chance, buy it. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aging in 55% new French oak.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €569.00
Pavie 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,620.00
2020

Pavie 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

The aromas are already exceptional, showing crushed-stone, limestone and salt character to the dark fruit and bark. It’s full-bodied, yet agile. Floats on the palate, then kicks in with loads of ultra fine tannins. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 10 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,620.00
Troplong Mondot 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €547.00
2020

Troplong Mondot 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This has superb depth and intensity with very fine tannins that draw you down. So much black fruit, together with black pepper and salt. Extremely well crafted. Vertical and deep. Chalky and salty with black chocolate.
Delivery to Storage from 5 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €547.00

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