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
Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,752.61
2020

Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

This is very classically structured with a palate that starts off slowly. Full-bodied and chewy with a soft, creamy texture and a long finish. Savory. A touch austere. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot and 3% cabernet franc, the rest petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,752.61
Lafite Rothschild 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,024.11
2020

Lafite Rothschild 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

Rather ethereal and so refined with finesse, focus and brightness that provides incredible energy and pedigree. It’s full-bodied with ultra fine tannins that go on and on. Superb presence with tannins that melt into the wine. This is 12.8%. I love the wine. Lots of dark fruit and fresh tobacco. Lead pencil, too. 92% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 1% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,024.11
This wine is strictly available on allocation only. If you are are interested in applying for an allocation, please click this button and an account manager will be in touch if we can process your request.
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,445.00
2020

Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

This is very classically structured with a palate that starts off slowly. Full-bodied and chewy with a soft, creamy texture and a long finish. Savory. A touch austere. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot and 3% cabernet franc, the rest petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,445.00
Lafite Rothschild 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,679.00
2020

Lafite Rothschild 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

Rather ethereal and so refined with finesse, focus and brightness that provides incredible energy and pedigree. It’s full-bodied with ultra fine tannins that go on and on. Superb presence with tannins that melt into the wine. This is 12.8%. I love the wine. Lots of dark fruit and fresh tobacco. Lead pencil, too. 92% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 1% petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,679.00
This wine is strictly available on allocation only. If you are are interested in applying for an allocation, please click this button and an account manager will be in touch if we can process your request.

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