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
Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$3,336.00
2020

Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (92-94)

The 2020 Alter Ego is very pure on the nose, almost Burgundian in style with lush blueberry, boysenberry, crushed violets and a touch of vanilla. It is not a powerful bouquet but it seems to gain momentum with aeration, finding its own voice with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite grippy tannins for Alter Ego, possibly because of tasting slightly later (Thomas Duroux commented it is the most tannic that he has produced.) Crustacea-tinged black fruit lacquer the mouth, fresh and very delineated on the finish. Maybe it needs a little more sustain on the aftertaste, though that may evolve throughout its élevage.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-94 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description HK$3,336.00
Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$16,790.00
2020

Angelus 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning. The blend this year is 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, due to be aged 18-22 months in French oak barriques, 100% new, and two new foudres. The wine has pH of 3.65 pH and an alcohol of 14.5%.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 6 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$16,790.00
Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)
HK$19,285.00
2020

Ausone 2020 (3x75cl)

Decanter (99)

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 out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$19,285.00
Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$35,155.00
2020

Ausone 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

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 out knitted down, then as the oxygen opens them up the body of the wine widens and becomes fleshier and creamier, adding chocolate and mocha notes. The limestone scrape is there in spades through the finish, and this is a cleverly constructed wine. As ever Ausone is just a masterclass in how to take apart and then put back together a terroir. Great stuff. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 100% new oak, some in 30hl oak casks. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$35,155.00
Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$1,685.00
2020

Barde-Haut 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (94-96)

Coming from a gorgeous vineyard on the eastern, cooler side of Saint-Emilion, and 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Barde-Haut has a bright, juicy, yet powerful bouquet of ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and cedary herbs. It has a kiss of background oak (it’s aging in 60% new barrels), medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, textured mouthfeel, and serious underlying structure that comes out with time in the glass. It should have some upfront appeal, yet smart money is on giving bottles at least 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will keep for 2-3 decades.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-96 (JD) Read Review/Description HK$1,685.00
Batailley 2020 (12x75cl)
HK$4,175.00
2020

Batailley 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

This is classically structured with a wonderful finish of extremely polished tannins and an ultra long finish. So much blackcurrant, spice and cedar. Seamless. 70% cabernet sauvignon and 26% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 19 Jan 2024

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$4,175.00
Batailley 2020 (3x150cl)
HK$3,190.00
2020

Batailley 2020 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

This is classically structured with a wonderful finish of extremely polished tannins and an ultra long finish. So much blackcurrant, spice and cedar. Seamless. 70% cabernet sauvignon and 26% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,190.00
Batailley 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$2,050.00
2020

Batailley 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

This is classically structured with a wonderful finish of extremely polished tannins and an ultra long finish. So much blackcurrant, spice and cedar. Seamless. 70% cabernet sauvignon and 26% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$2,050.00
Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$2,790.00
2020

Beau-Sejour Becot 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$2,790.00
Beaumont 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$720.00
2020

Beaumont 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

A linear and polished young red with compact, silky tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blackberry, blackcurrant, mushroom and spice character. Very solid wine from here.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$720.00
Beauregard 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$3,490.00
2020

Beauregard 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Very impressive purity of fruit with blackberry, black-olive, and earth character. Some black truffle, too. It’s full-bodied and very compact with firm, racy tannins. Goes on for a very long time. Could be better than the super 2016. From organically grown grapes. 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 20 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,490.00
Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$5,844.00
2020

Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

This is a very cool and refined young Bordeaux with crushed-berry, walnut, mushroom, chocolate and salt character. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very integrated tannins that are polished and poised. Energetic, long and precise at the finish. 81.5% merlot and 18.5% cabernet franc.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$5,844.00
Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)

HK$7,200 - HK$8,510

2020

Belair-Monange 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

The gunsmoke character is immediately evident on the nose, as is richly expressed damson and raspberry fruit. This is pared back and held back right now, elegant, showing a seductive edge without trying too hard. The texture is softly-brushed velvet, these tannins are front and centre but so fine and so precise that they don't get in the way of the fruit. Salinity from the limestone is evident on the finish, bringing a moreish juiciness and you can scrape your tongue against the pumice stone texture. Austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers. I love it. Harvest September 15 to 23. 98-100.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 99 (DC) Read Review/Description

HK$7,200 - HK$8,510

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Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$3,030.00
2020

Bellefont-Belcier 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

A very sophisticated, layered red with dark-plum, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full and flavorful with a cashmere-like texture. Flavorful at the end.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Dec 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,030.00
Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

HK$1,835 - HK$2,165

2020

Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (93-95)

The 2020 Bellevue is always so seductive out of barrel and this is no different, armed with glorious, extremely pure black cherries, blueberry, crushed violet and iris scents, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, and quite zesty on the midpalate, revealing veins of blood orange. Cohesive on the finish with a veneer of new oak that will require a few years to be fully assimilated. Lovely.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 93-95 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

HK$1,835 - HK$2,165

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Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

HK$1,835 - HK$2,165

2020

Bellevue 2020 (6x75cl)

Bordeaux 6x75cl - -

HK$1,835 - HK$2,165

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Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$5,946.00
2020

Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98-99)

This is a terrific wine that has everything, from seamless texture to great depth of fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and energetic. Pure merlot. One of the best I have had from here.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98-99 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$5,946.00
Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$2,625.00
2020

Berliquet 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

Very soft and polished with beautiful tannins that are poised and beautiful. It’s medium-to full-bodied and gorgeously proportioned. Ready for even more polishing.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$2,625.00
Beychevelle 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$4,200.00
2020

Beychevelle 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Based on 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the Grand Vin 2020 Château Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right, offering a monster bouquet of black and blue fruits as well as candied violets, incense, flowers, and toasty oak. A ripe, full-bodied, incredibly sexy wine in every sense, it has a great mid-palate, ripe, velvety tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's one of the more up-front, exotic wines in the vintage and should be accessible with just short-term cellaring.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description HK$4,200.00
Blanc de Lynch Bages 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$1,900.00
2020

Blanc de Lynch Bages 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Really fresh and vivid with sliced grapefruit, lemon, green apple and white peach. Apricot, too. Medium to full body with phenolic texture and a long, vivid finish. 70% sauvignon, 20% semillon and 10% muscadelle. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 7 95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$1,900.00
Bouscaut 2020 (6x75cl)

HK$1,325 - HK$1,570

2020

Bouscaut 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

I loved the 2020 Château Bouscaut. It has an incredible nose of pure cassis and black raspberries interwoven with notes of violets, tobacco, sous bois, and ample spicy background oak. Just a classic Graves on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, lots of classic minerality, scorched earth nuances, ripe tannins, and a great finish, it’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years or more. I love the balance, and this is unquestionably a wine well worth seeking out.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

HK$1,325 - HK$1,570

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Bouscaut Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

HK$1,515 - HK$1,795

2020

Bouscaut Blanc 2020 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90-92)

The 2020 Bouscaut Blanc comes racing out of the glass with bold notes of fresh pineapple, white peaches and Bosc pears, followed by hints of lemongrass and lime zest. The medium-bodied palate is clean and zippy, featuring bags of stone fruit and citrusy flavors, finishing decadently tropical.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description

HK$1,515 - HK$1,795

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Branaire-Ducru 2020 (12x75cl)
HK$4,080.00
2020

Branaire-Ducru 2020 (12x75cl)

Vinous (AG) (94-96)

The 2020 Branaire-Ducru is utterly magnificent. A wine of extraordinary depth and dimension, the 2020 possesses tremendous intensity right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, cloves and lavender build as into the explosive, palate-staining finish. I don't think I have ever tasted a Branaire quite like this.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description HK$4,080.00
Branaire-Ducru 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$2,040.00
2020

Branaire-Ducru 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (AG) (94-96)

The 2020 Branaire-Ducru is utterly magnificent. A wine of extraordinary depth and dimension, the 2020 possesses tremendous intensity right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, cloves and lavender build as into the explosive, palate-staining finish. I don't think I have ever tasted a Branaire quite like this.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 6 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description HK$2,040.00
Brane-Cantenac 2020 (12x75cl)

HK$5,715 - HK$6,750

2020

Brane-Cantenac 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Extremely floral and beautiful with blackberry and blackcurrant aromas that follow through to a full body with a solid core of fruit and loads of dark fruit, sweet tobacco, bark and earth. Chewy, fine tannins. Perhaps the best of the trilogy years.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description

HK$5,715 - HK$6,750

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Brane-Cantenac 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$3,276.00
2020

Brane-Cantenac 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96-97)

Extremely floral and beautiful with blackberry and blackcurrant aromas that follow through to a full body with a solid core of fruit and loads of dark fruit, sweet tobacco, bark and earth. Chewy, fine tannins. Perhaps the best of the trilogy years.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 96-97 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,276.00
Calon 2020 (1x300cl)
TBC
2020

Calon 2020 (1x300cl)

Bordeaux 1x300cl - - TBC
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Calon Segur 2020 (12x75cl)

HK$9,430 - HK$11,145

2020

Calon Segur 2020 (12x75cl)

Decanter (98)

A return to form in my eyes for Calon Ségur after the atypical 2018, rippling with elegance, balance and savoury blue fruits of Cabernet, with rose and peony flowers. Concentrated, chiselled and juicy, this has clear personality and equals the great, classically balanced vintages of Calon like 2016. A yield of 33hl/ha, 3.85pH, 100% new oak. Vincent Millet is now overall director as well as technical director, since the departure of Laurent Dufau in 2020.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

HK$9,430 - HK$11,145

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Calon Segur 2020 (3x150cl)

HK$4,535 - HK$5,355

2020

Calon Segur 2020 (3x150cl)

Decanter (98)

A return to form in my eyes for Calon Ségur after the atypical 2018, rippling with elegance, balance and savoury blue fruits of Cabernet, with rose and peony flowers. Concentrated, chiselled and juicy, this has clear personality and equals the great, classically balanced vintages of Calon like 2016. A yield of 33hl/ha, 3.85pH, 100% new oak. Vincent Millet is now overall director as well as technical director, since the departure of Laurent Dufau in 2020.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

HK$4,535 - HK$5,355

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Calon Segur 2020 (6x75cl)
HK$5,750.00
2020

Calon Segur 2020 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

A return to form in my eyes for Calon Ségur after the atypical 2018, rippling with elegance, balance and savoury blue fruits of Cabernet, with rose and peony flowers. Concentrated, chiselled and juicy, this has clear personality and equals the great, classically balanced vintages of Calon like 2016. A yield of 33hl/ha, 3.85pH, 100% new oak. Vincent Millet is now overall director as well as technical director, since the departure of Laurent Dufau in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$5,750.00

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