UPDATE 2/28: With prices of the soon to arrive 2019′s rising fast (and frankly there isn′t much left to sell) and 2021 not looking very promising… the 2020 Bordeaux are starting to look very attractive. We still have many of the top wines of the vintage for sale at release price, so this is an excellent time to buy!

We’ve been lucky enough to have received over 140 samples of 2020 Bordeaux and have been doing much research here at the shop. 2020 looks to be another exciting vintage and much different in style than 2018 or 2019. Generally, we’ve found that the merlot-based wines have really excelled and it’s a vintage of high tannin and low alcohol.

The campaign has now basically wrapped up (VCC comes out Monday) and just about every blue-chip Chateau from the 2020 vintage is now available.  Many great wines to be had… you can load up on “part 3” of the great trilogy of Bordeaux vintages started in 2018.  Please do not hesitate to email me at pbernstein@bassins.com as I’d be more than happy to share my thoughts on what to buy in 2020 claret.

I would like to highlight a few stars that are worth your attention:

Angelus One of the top wines of the vintage (by far) and a potentially historic Angelus.

Brane Cantenac This has now become allocated and pretty tough to get. Not a surprise considering just how great the last 2 vintages have been. The 2020 version is superb as well-what a classic Margaux!

Canon stunning, just stunning and easily a top 5 wine of the vintage. The limestone plateau in St. Emilion really excelled in 2020. This will rival the now legendary 2015 Canon

Canon La Gaffeliere This may even eclipse their outstanding 2019. This really stuck out in our St. Emilion lineup-lots going on here!

Carmes Haut Brion A true "wow" wine and made in a very different style than most other wines in Pessac. Very highly allocated-don’t sleep on this one!

Clinet Always a favorite and another “home run” for this wonderful Pomerol Chateau. Also very well priced in comparison to some of their neighbors…

Haut Bailly We were lucky to taste this on a zoom call with the Chateau and the whole staff went bonkers for it. A nice inaugural wine for their incredible new cellar

La Lagune Like last year this is a relative bargain. I loved the style on this, tannins were very well managed and it’s very seamless (this was not always the case in 2020!)

Larcis Ducasse Spectacular. Will be one of the wines of the vintage

Latour Martillac Blanc The review from Neal Martin got out attention and he is correct. This is really outstanding and is an absolute bargain (the red is tasty too)

Leoville Poyferre This Chateau has of course been on quite a roll. It comes in a fancy special bottle this year, the wine is simply outstanding and they priced it well

Pichon Baron I absolutely loved this wine. Our sample drank well for 4 days. One of the top wines of the Medoc in this vintage.

Rauzan Segla One of the wines of the vintage for sure and will rival the two other Margaux Chateau who’s wines sell for 3-5X the price…

Smith Haut Lafitte Another special label for this vintage and what’s inside in extraordinary. Will be one of the best SHL’s ever, I have no doubt 

-Phil Bernstein

 

"We are accustomed to the Bordelais cranking out the hyperbole to the point where even they have begun taking their own words with a large pinch of salt. But the truth is that generally the 2020 does form the third in a trilogy of great vintages after 2018 and 2019."
Neal Martin, Vinous Media

ETA Spring 2023

Most wines will be packed in wood six packs.

First growths and a few other higher priced offerings will be in wood three packs.

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2020 Chateau Ausone - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87131 | 25 Available
98-100 DC

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...

$745.00

2020 Chateau Beau Sejour Duffau - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87249 | 23 Available
(95-98) VM

The 2020 Beausejour Heritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is one of the most harmonious young wines I have tasted here in some time, maybe ever. All the elements are so well put together. The tannins that can usually be so fierce when the wine is young are totally ...

$142.00

2020 Chateau Beausejour Becot - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87118 | 120 Available
(94-96) JD

The vivid purple-hued 2020 Ch?teau Beau-Sejour Becot is another ethereal, incredibly perfumed, mineral-laced Saint-Emilion, which is common from wines from the upper, limestone plateau. Gorgeous cassis and black cherry fruits as well as floral notes, viol...

$65.00

2020 Chateau Berliquet St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 86931 | 25 Available
(94-96) WA

The 2020 Berliquet is composed of 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc, weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. It is aging in French oak barrels, 50% new. Deep purple-black colored, it trots casually out of the glass with effortlessly flamboyant scents of stewed blac...

$54.00

2020 Chateau Beychevelle - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 86996 | 78 Available
(95-97) WA

... 2020 Château Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right..."

$88.00

2020 Chateau Branaire Ducru - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 86907 | 120 Available
(93-94) VM

A polished, creamy red with blue fruit, such as blackcurrants, and pretty, ripe and fine tannins that fill your mouth.

$48.00

2020 Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87130 | 11 Available
(95-97) VM

a must buy"

$74.00

2020 Chateau Calon Segur - St. Estephe (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87152 | 81 Available
(95-97+) WA

The 2020 Calon-Segur is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It is aging in 100% new French oak barrels for an anticipated 18 to 20 months. The alcohol is 13.8%. Displaying a deep purple-black color, it str...

$116.00

2020 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 86997 | 37 Available
(95-97) JD

Lots of blue fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and earthy goodness emerge from the 2020 Chateau Canon-La-Gaffeliere, a medium to full-bodied, dense, focused, elegant Saint-Emilion that needs plenty of air to show at its best. The purity of fruit is remarkab...

$80.00

2020 Chateau Carmes Haut Brion - Pessac MAGNUM (Future ETA 2023)

1.5L | SKU 87162 | Available
(95-97+) VM

The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is dazzling, but it is also a wine of reserve and understatement. I image it will be some years, at the very least, be fore the 2020 is ready to show all it has to offer. Today, it is not particularly expressive. The aromati...

$269.00

2020 Chateau Carmes Haut Brion - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87129 | 120 Available
(95-97+) VM

...This is a stunning expression of the vintage that should be long lived and age with fantastic grace...."

$129.90

2020 Chateau Carruades Lafite - Pauillac (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87097 | 27 Available
(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.

$259.00

2020 Chateau Chapelle D'Ausone - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87132 | 11 Available
93-95 VM

The 2020 Chapelle d'Ausone has a well defined, focused bouquet. Tightly-wound at first, the 2020 opens with lavender and incense aromas infusing the red berry fruit. Touches of rose petal emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tanni...

$179.00

2020 Chateau Chapelle La Mission Haut Brion - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87214 | 36 Available
(92-94) WA

A blend of 44.7% Merlot and 55.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has an alcohol of 14.3%. It rolls effortlessly out of the glass with seducing notes of warm black plums, black cherry compote and blackberry pie, plus sugg...

$86.00

2020 Chateau Cheval Blanc - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 86762 | Available
98-100 DC

Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint and peonies - the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they a...

$599.00

2020 Chateau Clarence de Haut Brion Pessac (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87213 | 11 Available
(96-97)

Very plush and tannic with full body and lots of structure and intensity. Top second wine. Very solid and quite muscular with fine tannins and texture

$173.00

2020 Chateau Clerc Milon - Pauillac (Future ETA Spring 2023)

750ml | SKU 88486 | 21 Available
(92-94) WA

The 2020 Clerc Milon - a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot with just a splash of Carmenere - has a deep garnet-purple color, opening with notes of tar, unsmoked cigars, bouquet garni and graphite, giving wa...

$82.00

2020 Chateau Clinet - Pomerol (Future ETA 2023)

750ml | SKU 87142 | 64 Available
(96-98) WA

...ripe

$99.00
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