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2020 Bordeaux

UPDATE 6/26: 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.

2020 Chateau Angelus - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86871 
WA
(98-100)
JS
(98-99)
2020 Chateau Beychevelle - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86996 
JD
(95-97)
WA
(94-96)
"... 2020 Chteau Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right..."
2020 Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87130 
VM
(95-97)
"a must buy"
2020 Chateau Canon - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87174 
WA
(98-100)
VM
(96-98)
"...An exhilarating triumph!..."
2020 Chateau Carmes Haut Brion - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87129 
WA
(95-97+)
VM
(95-97+)
"...This is a stunning expression of the vintage that should be long lived and age with fantastic grace...."
2020 Chateau Clinet - Pomerol (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87142 
WA
(96-98)
"...ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and fantastically perfumed...."
2020 Chateau Clos Fourtet - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87188 
VM
(96-98)
WA
(96-98)
"... It is one of the most promising wines of this young vintage and a fabulous effort from the Cuvelier family. Don't miss it...."
2020 Chateau Cos d'Estournel - St. Estephe (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87167 
WA
(96-98)
Special label to celebrate owner Michel Reybiers 20th vintage at the property
2020 Chateau D'Issan - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87133 
VM
(93-95)
JS
(97-98)
2020 Chateau Figeac - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87241 
WA
(96-98+)
VM
(96-98)
"... Far more cerebral and quietly introspective than it is hedonic, this could only be Figeac...."
2020 Chateau Giscours - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87115 
VM
(93-95)
JD
(93-95)
"...One of the most seamless Margaux in the vintage..."
2020 Chateau Haut Bailly - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87195 
WA
(97-98+)
VM
(95-97)
2020 Chateau Haut Brion - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87210 
WA
(98-100)
VM
(97-99)
"...simply stunning..."
2020 Chateau L'Evangile - Pomerol (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87083 
WA
(96-98+)
VM
(95-97)
"... The 2020 L'vangile is easily the most Lafite-like L'vangile I have ever tasted. Don't miss it!..."
2020 Chateau La Conseillante - Pomerol (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87243 
WA
(97-99)
"...Simply mind-blowing...."
2020 Chateau La Lagune - Medoc (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86940 
WA
(92-94)
VM
(92-94)
"...The 2020 La Lagune is a real standout...."
2020 Chateau Larcis Ducasse - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87117 
JD
(96-99)
WA
(96-98)
"...A wine thats going to flirt with perfection..."
2020 Chateau Latour Martillac Blanc - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86981 
VM
(93-95)
"...If I was going to spend my money on one dry white Bordeaux this year, it might well be this...."
2020 Chateau Le Prieure - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86993 
VM
(95-97)
"...le Prieur is quite simply one of the most beautiful, striking wines being made in Saint-milion today..."
2020 Chateau Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87194 
VM
(96-98)
WA
(96-98)
"...The finish has jaw-dropping fragrance and depth...."
2020 Chateau Leoville Poyferre - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87219 
VM
(95-97)
WA
(95-97)
"...In a word: magnificent..."
2020 Chateau Lynch Bages - Pauillac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87139 
JD
(95-97+)
"...it has brilliant purity of fruit, a layered, building sense of structure, and a great finish..."
2020 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87015 
VM
(94-96)
"...ignore at your peril..."
2020 Chateau Margaux - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87192 
VM
(97-99)
WA
(97-99)
"...Another stunning expression of the vintage by Philippe Bascaules and his teambravo!..."
2020 Chateau Pape Clement - Pessac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87141 
JD
(97-99)
WA
(96-98)
:...Ranking with the top wines of the vintage..."
2020 Chateau Pavie - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86872 
JS
(99-100)
WA
(97-99)
2020 Chateau Pedesclaux - Pauillac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 86995 
JS
(95-96)
WA
(92-94+)
2020 Chateau Phelan Segur - St. Estephe (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87042 
VM
(93-95)
"...This impressive Saint-Estphe has great potential and might well represent the appellation's best value for money...."
2020 Chateau Pichon Baron - Pauillac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87151 
VM
(96-98)
JD
(96-98)
"...The 2020 Pichon Baron is utterly breathtaking, and also one of the very best young vintages I have tasted here..."
2020 Chateau Pontet Canet - Pauillac (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87163 
WA
(96-98+)
"...This is a singular, fascinating expression of the vintage and highly recommended!..."
2020 Chateau Quintus - St. Emilion (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87216 
WA
(95-97)
"...this is the finest, most complex and complete Quintus yetbravo!..."
2020 Chateau Rauzan Segla - Margaux (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87066 
WA
(96-98+)
VM
(95-97)
"...The 2020 is a super-classic Rauzan-Sgla that will delight readers in search of restrained elegance, something that is not so easy to find in Bordeaux these days...."
2020 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87113 
VM
(94-96)
"...A grandiose Sauternes..."
2020 Chateau Talbot - St. Julien (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87065 
VM
(92-95)
"...The 2020 Talbot is a hugely promising wine...."
2020 Chateau Vieux Ch Certan - Pomerol (Future ETA 2023)
750ml | SKU 87244 
WA
(98-100)
"...this is simply an incredible achievement..."