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
Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €589.95
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 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €589.95
Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €993.11
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 15 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €993.11
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Pape Clement 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €476.00
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 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €476.00
Smith Haut Lafitte 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €812.00
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 15 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €812.00

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