Bordeaux EP
Bordeaux EP
Bordeaux EP


 

Bordeaux 2020 en primeur

Prices are now being released for the 2020 Bordeaux wines. A summary of buyer Tim Sykes' impressions of the vintage can be found below, along with information on how we are offering the top wines, and how we'll be offering those from the more modestly priced châteaux.

If you have not already received information about our email offers of the top wines, and would like to receive these emails, please log in to your account and then click here to be added to our circulation list.

Bordeaux buyer Tim Sykes has been tasting and assessing the wines extensively, and we're both encouraged and excited by his impressions of the vintage (see below). However, with restrictions still in place affecting both us and the wider trade, we have taken the decision to offer the wines in a similar way to last year.

Remaining stocks: view any of our top Bordeaux wines with remaining stocks here.

 

How we are offering the top wines

• As each château releases its price, we will email members on the circulation list. Members who wish to reserve the wine are then encouraged to do so as quickly as possible (normally within 48 to 72 hours as specified in the email), as we will have to confirm to our suppliers immediately what our required amount is. If a wine is in especially short supply, we will offer it in three-bottle wooden cases to ensure as many members as possible get the chance to secure some.

• Once the offer has officially closed for the wine in question, we will allocate as usual. Members will then be notified if they have been successful in their request for any wine. Once we have confirmed the quantity, we will then only invoice members for the amount of wine received.

• If you have not already received an email from us about this offer and would like to receive these emails, please log in to your account and click here to be added to our circulation list.

How we are offering the more affordably priced wines

• Our main en primeur offer of all the generally less expensive wines from the vintage, including dry whites, Sauternes and a selection of mixed cases, will be printed as usual and sent to members around early July, following the release of all the prices. View the list of wines expected* to be included in the Bordeaux main offer.

*95% of the wines have been tasted, so there may be the occasional (minor) change to this list.

Vintage summary by buyer Tim Sykes:

For the second year in a row I, like the rest of the world's overseas buyers, have been unable to visit Bordeaux at springtime to taste the new vintage. So once again I have tasted hundreds of barrel samples in the Wine Society's tasting room in Stevenage and in my kitchen at home in order to assess the nascent 2020 vintage. This year the Bordeaux wine trade has been considerably more efficient at preparing and sending out samples, and the overall condition of the wines, which are fragile at this stage in their evolution, has been very high. So I feel that I am in a good position to proffer a well-informed view on the quality of the 2020 vintage.

The good news is that there are some excellent wines this year, both on left and right banks. The 2020s offer a return to a more classically styled vintage. As a general rule the wines have more structure and tannin, but lower alcohol levels than the last two vintages, so most of the top wines will require patience, and whilst quality overall is less even than in 2019 and 2018, those châteaux with vineyards in the most privileged sites have unquestionably produced some very lovely wines indeed.

For Tim's more detailed vintage report, including dry whites and Sauternes, click here

The list below shows the top wines being released by email. We will confirm shortly the wines that will appear in our main (printed) offer once Tim Sykes has finished his programme of tastings.

Top châteaux being released by email

Château Beychevelle, Saint-Julien

Château Calon Ségur, Saint-Estèphe

Château Canon, Saint-Emilion

Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emilion

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac

Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion

Château La Conseillante, Pomerol

Château Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien

Château Figeac, Saint-Emilion

Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol

Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

Château Troplong-Mondot, Saint-Emilion

Château Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe

Château Montrose, Saint-Estèphe

Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

Château Hosanna, Pomerol

Château Léoville Las Cases, Saint-Julien

Château Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien

Château Léoville Barton, Saint-Julien

Château Lynch Bages, Pauillac

Château Margaux, Margaux

Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

Château Palmer, Margaux

Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux, Margaux

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac

Château Tertre Roteboeuf, Saint-Emilion

Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

Top châteaux already released by email and closed

Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emilion | £1164.00 per case 3x75cl.

Château Tertre Roteboeuf, Saint-Emilion | £395.00 per case 3x75cl.

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac | £173.00 per case 3x75cl.

Château Lafite, Pauillac | £1,470 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Clinet, Pomerol | £200 per case 6 x 75cl.

Château L'Evangile, Pomerol | £555 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac | £404 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Léoville Barton, Saint-Julien | £183 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Beychevelle, Saint-Julien | £174 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac | £304 per case 6 x 75cl.

Château Rauzan Ségla, Margaux | £199 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Ausone, Saint-Emilion | £1,500 per case 3 x 75cl.

Château Brane Cantenac, Margaux | £300 per case 6 x 75cl.

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan | £237 per case 3 x 75cl.

We have small stocks remaining of Tertre Roteboeuf, Léoville Barton, and Clerc Milon; if you would like to order any of these wines please telephone Member Services on 01438 741177 who will be happy to take your order.

A note about samples

Not all châteaux have been willing to send out barrel samples for assessment. However, despite not having tasted these wines, we are nevertheless offering some of them, confident in their excellent track records and not wanting members who follow them to miss out. We have again this year enlisted the help of Decanter Magazine's Jane Anson, who lives in Bordeaux and has tasted the wines, and will include her comments for any wines that Tim has been unable to taste himself.


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