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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24 Products

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Carbonnieux Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €204.72
2020

Carbonnieux Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

An excellent white Carbonnieux with sliced-lemon, lime and mineral character, as well as hints of citrus seeds. It’s medium-to full-bodied with lots of bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Minerally at the end.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €204.72
Domaine de Chevalier 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €453.12
2020

Domaine de Chevalier 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Iron, black mushroom and dark berry with some burnt orange peel. Flowers, too. It’s full-bodied with round tannins that turn linear and tight at the end. Excellent energy. Brightness and purity.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €453.12
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,401.00
2020

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

A dense, creamy DC white with lots of rich cooked-apple, mineral, cream and praline character. It’s full and very layered with chewy intensity and a long, bitter-lemon and almost honey finish. Pretty phenolic tension, too.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,401.00
Haut-Bailly 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €851.52
2020

Haut-Bailly 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

This has incredible power and drive with blackberry, black olive and graphite. It’s full-bodied, yet dynamic and agile, with so much polished and muscular tannin. Yet, it remains in harmony and balance. So much character. The head of the chateau calls it diabolical beauty. 25% less production than the 2019. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €851.52
Haut-Bergey 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €166.32
2020

Haut-Bergey 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Lots of crushed stone and blackberry with some walnut and mushroom. Dried-earth undertone. Medium-to full-bodied with round, ripe tannins and a savory finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €166.32
Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,983.36
2020

Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage?
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,983.36
Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,762.72
2020

Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage?
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,762.72
Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,529.36
2020

Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Very perfumed with floral, citrus and stone aromas, as well as hints of grapefruit. It’s full-bodied and seamless in texture. Extremely long and fine-grained. 72% sauvignon and 28% semillon. Normally 50/50.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,529.36
Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €5,104.32
2020

Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Very perfumed with floral, citrus and stone aromas, as well as hints of grapefruit. It’s full-bodied and seamless in texture. Extremely long and fine-grained. 72% sauvignon and 28% semillon. Normally 50/50.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €5,104.32
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €550.32
2020

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

You are immediately set at ease by the confidence and sheer easy appeal of this wine. A silky and seductive La Chapelle that rivals plenty of first wines in this vintage. The texture is rich and taut at first, then softens in the glass, with a charge of freshness that keeps the momentum and the energy high. Not many wines that rival the 2010 and 2016s, but here it very much does - exuberant with chocolate and cracked pepper but pulls back at the right moment. Harvests from 7th to 29th September. I love it.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €550.32
La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,157.12
2020

La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (97-99)

The 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked September 7–29. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry, wilted violet petals and hints of orange blossom. It unfolded with aeration as I examined it side-by-side against its neighbor over the course of an hour. The exquisitely balanced palate is lightly spiced on the entry and segues into a very structured midpalate that frames the weight of pixelated black fruit. That spicy theme continues and is exaggerated toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a less alcoholic La Mission Haut-Brion compared to recent vintages, a bit "cooler" and streamlined, yet no less intense and satisfying. An enthralling wine in the making from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 97-99 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,157.12
Latour-Martillac 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €540.25
2020

Latour-Martillac 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Chocolate, liquorice, some bitter points that accompany the fruit from beginning to end, this is one of the best in terms of focus and precision. There is clearly excellent colour extraction, you get real glass-staining purple, but the flavours are more austere and tannic than the colour might suggest. Well chosen coffee and chocolate expression that remains elegant and pointed. Good stuff, needs time, but will grow into a classic elegant wine. A yield of 38hl/ha.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €540.25
Latour-Martillac 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €191.52
2020

Latour-Martillac 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Chocolate, liquorice, some bitter points that accompany the fruit from beginning to end, this is one of the best in terms of focus and precision. There is clearly excellent colour extraction, you get real glass-staining purple, but the flavours are more austere and tannic than the colour might suggest. Well chosen coffee and chocolate expression that remains elegant and pointed. Good stuff, needs time, but will grow into a classic elegant wine. A yield of 38hl/ha.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 6 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €191.52
Latour-Martillac Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €256.32
2020

Latour-Martillac Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Latour-Martillac Blanc has a more reserved bouquet compared to its peers, but still quite compelling, with crushed rock infusing the dried yellow flowers, white peach and chai tea scents. I could nose this all day. The very well-balanced palate is quite intense, offering a fine bead of acidity and plenty of tension and mineralité toward the saline finish. If I was going to spend my money on one dry white Bordeaux this year, it might well be this.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €256.32
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (1x600cl)
Inc. TAX: €419.76
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (1x600cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €419.76
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (3x150cl)
Inc. TAX: €250.32
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €250.32
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €199.92
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €199.92
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €305.52
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A dense, layered white with cooked-apple, honey and lemon aromas and flavors. Layered and flavorful with a zingy, mineral finish. 80% sauvignon with 20% semillon.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €305.52
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,011.45
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,011.45
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €468.96
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €468.96
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €972.72
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €972.72
Malartic Lagraviere 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €312.72
2020

Malartic Lagraviere 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (94-96)

The 2020 Malartic Lagravière, whose picking was completed on September 24, before the rains, has a bright, vivid nose of mineral-infused red fruit mixed with hints of blueberry and cassis. Very focused and precise, this is an aromatically sophisticated Pessac-Léognan. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, hints of wild mint coming through, and lively and tensile toward the finish. This is one of the best vintages of Malartic Lagravière that I have encountered out of bottle. Ignore at your peril.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-96 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €312.72
Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €593.52
2020

Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (97-99)

Ranking with the top wines of the vintage, the dense purple-hued 2020 Château Pape Clement offers a sensational bouquet of pure crème de cassis interwoven with notes of liquid violets and classy oak. Possessing flawless balance, full-bodied richness, and ultra-fine tannins, it excels in this vintage and has a pretty, elegant, yet also layered and concentrated profile. It will drink well with just short-term cellaring yet evolve gracefully for 20-30 years. I was able to taste this on multiple occasions, and it always checked in near the upper end of the scale. This is a gorgeous wine in the making.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €593.52
Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €939.12
2020

Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

So much blackcurrant, graphite and iodine character. Full-bodied. Incredible quality to the tannins. They are polished yet powerful. It’s so long and complete with such depth and toned muscles. Vertical. Very fresh and energetic. Will it be better than the famous 2015? Maybe the best ever. From organically grown grapes. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €939.12
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Carbonnieux Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €155.00
2020

Carbonnieux Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

An excellent white Carbonnieux with sliced-lemon, lime and mineral character, as well as hints of citrus seeds. It’s medium-to full-bodied with lots of bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Minerally at the end.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €155.00
Domaine de Chevalier 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €362.00
2020

Domaine de Chevalier 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Iron, black mushroom and dark berry with some burnt orange peel. Flowers, too. It’s full-bodied with round tannins that turn linear and tight at the end. Excellent energy. Brightness and purity.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €362.00
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,151.90
2020

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

A dense, creamy DC white with lots of rich cooked-apple, mineral, cream and praline character. It’s full and very layered with chewy intensity and a long, bitter-lemon and almost honey finish. Pretty phenolic tension, too.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,151.90
Haut-Bailly 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €694.00
2020

Haut-Bailly 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

This has incredible power and drive with blackberry, black olive and graphite. It’s full-bodied, yet dynamic and agile, with so much polished and muscular tannin. Yet, it remains in harmony and balance. So much character. The head of the chateau calls it diabolical beauty. 25% less production than the 2019. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €694.00
Haut-Bergey 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €123.00
2020

Haut-Bergey 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Lots of crushed stone and blackberry with some walnut and mushroom. Dried-earth undertone. Medium-to full-bodied with round, ripe tannins and a savory finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €123.00
Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,645.00
2020

Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage?
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,645.00
Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €3,120.00
2020

Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage?
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,120.00
Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €2,100.00
2020

Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Very perfumed with floral, citrus and stone aromas, as well as hints of grapefruit. It’s full-bodied and seamless in texture. Extremely long and fine-grained. 72% sauvignon and 28% semillon. Normally 50/50.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,100.00
Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €4,238.00
2020

Haut-Brion Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Very perfumed with floral, citrus and stone aromas, as well as hints of grapefruit. It’s full-bodied and seamless in texture. Extremely long and fine-grained. 72% sauvignon and 28% semillon. Normally 50/50.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €4,238.00
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €443.00
2020

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

You are immediately set at ease by the confidence and sheer easy appeal of this wine. A silky and seductive La Chapelle that rivals plenty of first wines in this vintage. The texture is rich and taut at first, then softens in the glass, with a charge of freshness that keeps the momentum and the energy high. Not many wines that rival the 2010 and 2016s, but here it very much does - exuberant with chocolate and cracked pepper but pulls back at the right moment. Harvests from 7th to 29th September. I love it.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €443.00
La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,782.00
2020

La Mission Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (97-99)

The 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked September 7–29. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry, wilted violet petals and hints of orange blossom. It unfolded with aeration as I examined it side-by-side against its neighbor over the course of an hour. The exquisitely balanced palate is lightly spiced on the entry and segues into a very structured midpalate that frames the weight of pixelated black fruit. That spicy theme continues and is exaggerated toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a less alcoholic La Mission Haut-Brion compared to recent vintages, a bit "cooler" and streamlined, yet no less intense and satisfying. An enthralling wine in the making from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 97-99 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,782.00
Latour-Martillac 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €419.00
2020

Latour-Martillac 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Chocolate, liquorice, some bitter points that accompany the fruit from beginning to end, this is one of the best in terms of focus and precision. There is clearly excellent colour extraction, you get real glass-staining purple, but the flavours are more austere and tannic than the colour might suggest. Well chosen coffee and chocolate expression that remains elegant and pointed. Good stuff, needs time, but will grow into a classic elegant wine. A yield of 38hl/ha.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €419.00
Latour-Martillac 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €144.00
2020

Latour-Martillac 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Chocolate, liquorice, some bitter points that accompany the fruit from beginning to end, this is one of the best in terms of focus and precision. There is clearly excellent colour extraction, you get real glass-staining purple, but the flavours are more austere and tannic than the colour might suggest. Well chosen coffee and chocolate expression that remains elegant and pointed. Good stuff, needs time, but will grow into a classic elegant wine. A yield of 38hl/ha.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 6 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €144.00
Latour-Martillac Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €198.00
2020

Latour-Martillac Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Latour-Martillac Blanc has a more reserved bouquet compared to its peers, but still quite compelling, with crushed rock infusing the dried yellow flowers, white peach and chai tea scents. I could nose this all day. The very well-balanced palate is quite intense, offering a fine bead of acidity and plenty of tension and mineralité toward the saline finish. If I was going to spend my money on one dry white Bordeaux this year, it might well be this.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: €198.00
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (1x600cl)
In Bond: €329.00
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (1x600cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €329.00
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (3x150cl)
In Bond: €193.00
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €193.00
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €151.00
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

This is a tight, more tannic Petit with a medium to full body and linear, racy phenolics. Blackberries, blueberries and some pine needles and stones. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €151.00
Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €239.00
2020

Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A dense, layered white with cooked-apple, honey and lemon aromas and flavors. Layered and flavorful with a zingy, mineral finish. 80% sauvignon with 20% semillon.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €239.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €1,645.00
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,645.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €383.00
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €383.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €795.00
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €795.00
Malartic Lagraviere 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €245.00
2020

Malartic Lagraviere 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (94-96)

The 2020 Malartic Lagravière, whose picking was completed on September 24, before the rains, has a bright, vivid nose of mineral-infused red fruit mixed with hints of blueberry and cassis. Very focused and precise, this is an aromatically sophisticated Pessac-Léognan. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, hints of wild mint coming through, and lively and tensile toward the finish. This is one of the best vintages of Malartic Lagravière that I have encountered out of bottle. Ignore at your peril.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-96 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: €245.00
Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €479.00
2020

Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (97-99)

Ranking with the top wines of the vintage, the dense purple-hued 2020 Château Pape Clement offers a sensational bouquet of pure crème de cassis interwoven with notes of liquid violets and classy oak. Possessing flawless balance, full-bodied richness, and ultra-fine tannins, it excels in this vintage and has a pretty, elegant, yet also layered and concentrated profile. It will drink well with just short-term cellaring yet evolve gracefully for 20-30 years. I was able to taste this on multiple occasions, and it always checked in near the upper end of the scale. This is a gorgeous wine in the making.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Sep 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €479.00
Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €767.00
2020

Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

So much blackcurrant, graphite and iodine character. Full-bodied. Incredible quality to the tannins. They are polished yet powerful. It’s so long and complete with such depth and toned muscles. Vertical. Very fresh and energetic. Will it be better than the famous 2015? Maybe the best ever. From organically grown grapes. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €767.00

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